Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Soma Grand Randonneur Official Geometry

I know everybody has been chomping at the bit for official info about the Soma Grand Randonneur 650b frameset. So without further ado, here it is.


Now the important stuff.


Before you ask, yes it'll have a threaded 1" headset, braze-ons for a Nitto Mini rack, 132.5mm rear hub spacing, canti brakes, proper fender facing eyelets (threaded of course), and will swallow 42mm tires with a full coverage fender. Since it's a low trail geometry it's optimized for use with a handlebar bag supported by a front rack. We used slightly sturdier fork blades and rear stays in case you want to load it down a bit, but main triangle uses skinny tubes for a more lively feel compared to the Saga. We should have our sample frame built up soon so you can get a better idea of how it will look as a complete bike.

Our projected MSRP is 499.99 for matching frame and fork set. If you're interested in getting one of the first batch have your local Soma dealer call in a pre order with Merry Sales (our distributor in SF) or call Mike Kone at Rene Herse/Boulder Bicycle (303) 284-9721. Boulder will be stocking a full size run. We don't have a fixed ETA yet, but we expect them to arrive in about 4-5 months.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

1" threadless please.

Anonymous said...

Love the 1" threaded! What's the top tube slope?

Evan Baird said...

It's sitting on the ground mate.

Anonymous said...

Threadless disc brake version please! That would make this bike the ultimate all-weather, all-road, commuter bike.

JimmyO said...

Glad to see you're sticking to your guns - the world doesn't really need another threadless rando bike - and discs - there's other Soma models already for that (yes, you had me at Cantis). Build out sounds great. Any chance the fork will be tapped for fender bolt?

Evan Baird said...

We talked about it, but a daruma or a star nut works well enough.

Adam Kilpatrick said...

chainstays only 425mm? If you are building a long distance bike, why not longer, like 460? Also, what's the point in going for a 1" threaded headset? Is it just for looks? There are so many more options with threadless to get a better fit (not to mention its much lighter) more easily than messing around with threadless stems.

Evan Baird said...

Adam, the load is designed to be carried on the front on the bike, so the chain stays don't need to be so long. A quill stem makes adjusting the bars simpler which is key if you're running a handlebar bag mounted directly to the bars.

Brian said...

At 6'8", I'm really excited to see a 65cm option. Wondering if I wouldn't look a bit goofy on 650's though. Any taller guys with experience on 650's care to chime in?

Anonymous said...

Option for a threadless?

Evan Baird said...

We're working on it.

brons2 said...

There's enough threadless bikes in the world! It is an absolute myth that there are more options in threadless. Sure, if all you're concerned about is length. You can flip the thing of course, but you still can't take it the most useful direction that a quill stem can - UP!!