Monday, September 15, 2014

John's Soma Juice Touring Build

Just thought I'd drop you guys a pic of my latest build. I've been using this bike as a trainer/commuter since it handles really well on all types of terrain and it's set up so comfortable. I'm joining a group of my buddies next week to ride the GAP trail in PA so I have it set up in touring trim. Thanks for a great product!!!

John Scheidhauer
Alpine Autoworks Inc.

Jim's Saga Disc Build

Jim's Saga disc build.

Thanks for the submission!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Andrew's Soma ES


This past July, I sent you some information on my Soma B-side 26" build.  Here is my new Soma ES build.  It too is a bit different.

I have not owned or ridden a traditional road bike for over 20 years.  I was looking to replicate the type of bike I road some thirty years ago, but at the same time, I wanted to allow for a few contemporary updates. Since I already owned two Soma mountain bikes (Groove and B-Side), looking at a Soma Smoothie seemed to be a logical place to start.  I eventually settled on the Soma ES model as it was a better fit for me, and would accommodate the vintage parts I planned to use, as well as providing the possibility of 32c tires.  I love a frame that allows for options. 
I tried to keep with silver components for the most part.  In the end component choices were ultimately dictated by what I already had, and what I knew I personally needed.  As I get older, comfort tends to be an ever increasing consideration.  The final result seems to have nailed what I was after: speed and a plush ride.  ES is short for Extra Smooth, I would have to say that is an understatement.  This bike just seems to float over the pavement.  Besides the Prestige steel frame, I have to credit the 23mm H+Son box section rims and 28c Panaracer tires.  I knew from past experience, a good box section rim with a high thread count tire can yield a very plush ride.  

A special thanks to Adrenaline Bikes of Orange, CA for all of their input, and for the great deal on the frame and fork.  This is the second Soma frame I purchased from them, the other being the B-side.


· 46cm Soma ES frame with IRD Mosaic 57 Carbon Prestige fork
·  VO Grand Cru headset with carbon and alloy spacers
·  170mm XTR M900 Crank with 46, 36, 24 Race Face chainrings with Shimano UN73 BB
·   Shimano M900 front derailleur, Shimano XT rear derailleur with XTR pulleys
·   Shimano Ultegra 9spd cassette – 12x27
·   Shimano Dura Ace Shifters with Paul Thumbies and custom fabricated cable routing
·    Tektro 737 brakes with Koolstop salmon pads and Tektro brake levers
·    White Industries hubs – 32 hole / 14g butted DT spokes / H+Son TB-14 rims
·   Panaracer Gravel King 700x28c tires
·   Uno carbon seat post with Blackburn saddle

·   Planet X stem with FSA Wing Pro handlebar, double wrapped

Friday, August 15, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Soma Saga Running A Prototype Efneo Gearbox

Efneo is a Polish company that has been developing a three-speed crank/bottom bracket gearbox. They picked up one our frame to test their latest prototype on. And they sent us this picture. The design is very minimalistic and compact. The gearing is equivalent to a 45-33-24t crank. It is compatible with conventional rear gearing or you can run it by itself -- say on a fixed gear. You can shift with the pedals still, something difficult to do with a front derailleur. Also the shift action is much quicker than with a front derailleur, says Efneo.

We don't know when this will make production or what the price will be, but they are doing pre-sales at 15% off the regular price.

New Forks!

I've been getting many email from folks waiting for the low trail conversion forks we posted about ages ago. Welp, they finally arrived, so I figured I'd aught to post some pics for y'all to inspect.

Call your local Soma dealer for if you'd like to get one.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

26 Inch Ain't Dead Yet

A clean looking Analog single speed build.

Thanks to Tomi in Finland for the submission!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Soma Rohloff Fatbike Build

Our friends as Cycle Monkey have been testing the fatbike prototype in a few different configurations. Here's some shots of it's latest iteration, built with a Gates belt drive and Rohloff 14 speed IGH wheel and inverted suspension fork.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

David's Double Cross Disc


Heres a couple shots the day I finished her, and one on a single track near my house.

She’s built off your DC Disc 50 frame with your fork, running gear consist of full Sram Rival, w/ a Simano Ultegra cassette & chain for smoother transition thru the gears.  

I used your Hellyer pedal, I like the style and weight and I didn’t want a clip in on this bike. The stopping power comes from TRP Spyre SLC 140/160. Although their recent recall I haven’t experienced any issues with them, and I like them better then any other brake thus far.  

Cockpit is full Thomson Elite for stem & post and the bars are their MTB Carbon. Chris King head set & BB. Specialized Phenom Saddle & Rocca locking grips.  

All this rolls effortlessly on Stan's ZTR Iron Cross wheels with Continental Speed Ride 700x42’s.   

Coming off Salsa frames for years I must admit Im far more impressed with this set up then any other bike I’ve owned. 

Kindest Regards.
Dave S.

Rhode Island

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Andrew's 26" B-Side


I saw your post on the 26" wheeled B-side.

I have been running 26” wheels exclusively on my B-side for over a year  In fact I purchased it with that intent.  I have the 13.5” model.

I have outfitted my bike with many of my favorite vintage components, and a few updated ones:  Rock Shox Revelation 90-135 coil spring fork.  9 speed XT drivetrain with compact 5 bolt cranks, 44/32/20 chain rings, XT rear derailleurs,  XT 12x34 cassette, Dura Ace shifters with Paul’s Thumbies mounts.  Avid BB7 brakes.  Mavic wheels with WTB Mutano-Raptor 2.5/Nano-Raptor 2.1 tires.  30 degree sweep handlebar with Ergon grips.  Cane Creek Thud Buster ST post.  

I have been riding MTBs since the late 70’s.   I have been through more bikes than I care to count. The B-side geometry is a perfect fit for me.  But even more than that, I can honestly say it is the best all around MTB I have ever ridden.  Then again, I also rather fond on my Soma Groove and ES as well.

Andrew Will