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

Monday, July 28, 2014

Finn's Saga

Hey friends at SOMA, 

I recently had a ridiculous experience getting lost in the Cascades of Southern Oregon, on top of a mountain whose name I still do not know. Some erroneous maps and a wonky GPS sent my traveling companion and I off into a maze of "paved roads" which turned out to be long abandoned forest service paths, paved with nothing more than 4 inches of dust and scree.

I was riding a Saga, and rolling 2 inch tires and 40 pounds of gear, and it was only near the top of the Nameless Mountain that I had to get off my bike and push. The road eventually got so bad that we had to take our panniers off, and portage bikes and gear up the mountain separately - at the summit, we found a gravel road, and radioed out for water and an accurate map. 

My point is that I'm really fucking impressed how far I got up the mountain on what is not strictly a mountain bike. I thought you'd like a photo of the bike, who is named Sisyphus, and the absurd amount of dust it had accumulated by the time I'd hauled it up to the summit. 

Thanks for being rad (and local),

Finn Black, San Francisco

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chris P's Wolverine

Here is a picture of another Wolverine build. Might be posting up a quick initial write up of the frame soon. If you wanted that. Think there needs to be more info on this frame because people need to know how awesome it is.  

As someone has said "ya done good kid."


NYC Trip Post #3

Still got some more NYC pics to share with you. Try to keep up.

The Kinfolk shop was way bigger than I expected.

In addition to handmade bicycles they also sell collectables and apparel.

They had some lovely vintage Japanese film cameras on display.

Check out the Sugino 75 disc wheel on that thing!

The (kin)folks were nice enough to let me climb up to the loft where they have a studio space.

Behind the shop there's a bar with some super trippy interior design elements.

They way it's laid out kind of reminds me of a big bee hive.

I wasn't able to check it out at night, but I imagine it's a pretty neat spot.

After grabbing a sandwich at the Kinfolk Cafe  next door, I headed back towards the Williamsburg Bridge.

Couldn't pass up the opportunity for some more gratuitous product photography.

The East River make a pretty sweet backdrop, wouldn't you say?

Along the way I spotted this bitchin pump track. If it'd been open I would have tried it out on the Grand Randonneur, but since I was dropping her off at 718 Cyclery at the end of the day I figured I probably better not try climbing the fence.

My last stop was Chari and Co. back in Manhattan.

Their shop is small, but packed deep with all kinds of track gear.

They build up some mighty fine looking wheels.

They also cater to your artistic needs.

The folks there were super friendly and even gave me a Chari 5 Panel cap to take home. 

Whaddup haters! Mine has bees on it. 

Well, that's all folks! Thanks to all the friendly New Yorkers we met for showing us what's good. Visiting your city was a real treat. Can't wait to see you next time!