Bike Out of the Box
I found the Fargo online but knew I needed to ride one to really get the feel of it. The bike I target was the Salsa Fargo 2 meaning it was a couple thousand dollar bike and buying one without riding it didn't seem like a great idea. Coincidentally, I was heading to my sister's house for the weekend at the same time. It turns out one of the larger online bike dealers is TreeFortBikes which happens to be about 20 minutes from my sister's house in Ann Arbor, Mi.
After going out there to find this tiny shop in the strip-mall, they happened to have the Fargo except it was the titanium version. No, they didn't have the steel, Fargo 2 which I originally targeted, only the titanium version.
Why is this important? It's important because titanium bikes are the holy grail of frames in the bike world. They aren't made out of Unabtainium like some bikes but still, it's pretty rare stuff--i.e. pricey. Still, since it was the only one of the Fargo they had, I threw a leg over the bike to test it out in the parking lot.
Needless to say, it was love at first pedal. The bike rode extremely well for me. Even though it's configured with a rigid fork instead of a shock absorber upfront, the bike was very compliant riding off curbs. I fell in love.
An American Express deal later, the bike is paid for and on its way to my house in New Mexico.