The Salsa Fargo.

Designed as the ultimate adventure-touring rig, the Fargo features a full complement of braze-ons for everything from fenders to racks to bottle cages. The fork legs have mounts for Salsa's Anything Cage; an over-sized, multifunctional platform for anything from sleeping bags to fuel bottles. I'm using one for my tent and the other for my sleeping bag, both stuffed in 15L dry sacks.

The Fargo is a 29er that defies classification. The front end allows suspension or can be run stiff for fire roads and ultra-distance on the pavement. Drop bars give more hand position options than risers, which help with dreaded numbness. I opted for disc brakes and SRAM instead of calipers and index shifters, preferred by purists.

This bike is intentionally heavy and built to withstand any abuse doled out by potholed roads in America or cobbled yak trails in Tajikistan. It rides smoothly. It's a Soviet tank of a bike, if the Russians cared about quality. It's pretty good looking too. Chunky sex appeal. The Betty Paige of tourers.

I gingerly installed some fenders and the front bag mount. I believe it's ready for the start tomorrow.