The Dirty Kanza is a 200+ mile gravel race that occurs annually in the Flint Hills region of Kansas, near Emporia. The race is extremly difficult as racers cross broken dirt roads, rolling hills, extreme mud and must span distances of around 50 miles between checkpoints. Because of the large gaps racers must carry most of their equipment with them along the way. Having the right bike with the right set up is paramount in completing the challenge. Our very own, Chris Scorsone took on the Kanza this year on his Salsa Fargo.
We made several modifications to outfit the bike for this unique set of requirements, including wider Woodchipper handlebars, 1.8in tires, 180mm rotors and a swap to a flexible split carbon Ergon seatpost. Chris opted to carry the new half pack from Oveja Negra for most of his food needs. He also took full advantage of the auxiliary mounts on the carbon fargo fork with oversized water bottles and stowed his hard goods down below with the Fargo's bottom side water bottle mounts. If you are planning on taking on your own gravel adventure come in to the Spoke Easy and we will be sure to get you going on a setup that works for you.
Did Chris find his limit? Ask him for war stories next time you're in the shop!