Thursday, April 17, 2014

Carbon Envy

We couldn't help but get a little pumped up when this new billboard showed up down the street from our office.

Normally we're more into steel bikes, but the folks down at Santa Cruz make some pretty cool stuff. I had a chance to test out one of their new 650b models a couple weeks back and hooboy, it was pretty fun. If you're in the area and you have the time make sure to stop by their showroom. Congrats on the humongous billboard guys! Keep up the good work!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Soma Buena Vista Fashion Shoot Photos

We are quite happy to see Iva Jean Clothing showing off a Buena Vista mixte bike in the latest promotion of their upcoming line. Iva Jean made a splash in the cycling world with chic tailored clothing that looked great at the office and functioned well on a bike. Her new line of minimalistic, versatile staples will be sewn in Seattle.

The previous line had been funded personally, through a line of credit from a fellow bike enthusiast, and a 2013 Kickstarter Campaign. In order to grow Iva Jean, they need your support.
Your contributions will fund:
  • Sourcing and purchase of fabric and product hardware
  • Production of six new styles including the City Legging, City Trouser, Raglan Short and Long Sleeve, Racer Tank and Tunic
  • Continued development of new garments.
Please check out her Kickstarter page for the details and support them if you are so enticed. 
(Soma did not provide this bike for the shoot. The Buena Vista happens to be Iva Jean creative director, Anna DeOtte Kaufman's personal ride. It was built by Back Alley Bike Repair in Seattle. For 2014, the BV is available to bike shops as a frame set or complete bike.)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mick's Flat Bar Double Cross

Hi Evan,

I picked her up today looks beautiful, I thought you and the gang might like to see the end result.

I only rode it home from the shop, but so far so good, just a few height adjustments and bobs your uncle.

I may change the headset to red but thats all.

I will take a good pic down the beach for you and send through the specs.



Thursday, April 10, 2014

3 Happy UK Soma Bicycle Belles

I wrote to you a few years ago trying to buy a Soma Mixte frame. You didn't sell to the UK then. I kept thinking of ways to get a  frame here then discovered last year that you were supplying James at Fine-ADC in Edinburgh. So here are the results:  not only me (in yellow) but mother and sister too. We get stopped and asked where we got our bikes. We are all delighted with them. Everyone should have one Soma Mixte frame road bike.


United Kingdom

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Paragon Thru Axle Dropouts

So you have a Soma frame with sliding dropouts and you're itching to build up a shiny new Chris King thru axle wheelset?

Our bay area Neighbors Paragon Machine Works up in Richmond California have got you covered.

They offer a variety of Soma/IRD compatible inserts including these 135x12mm MAXLE pieces, as well as options for single speed, Rohloff, and post mount brakes in black anodized and raw. The quality of their parts is top notch, a fact that becomes obvious when you look at how many NAHBS show bikes are built with them. You can place an order directly on their web store, and their prices are really incredible considering it's all made in USA. Check it out!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Grand Randonneur Build by Two Wheel Tango

We just finished putting this bike together today.  It has the new Soma Grand Randonneur tires, and all the trimmings.  The customer is super happy with it.

Dennis Pontius

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saga Disc and Rush Framesets Now In Stock

If you've checked the Soma Store recently you may have seen a couple new items pop up.

The long awaited Disc Brake version of our Saga touring frameset is now available. It features the same geometry as the Canti Saga, but uses disc specific dropouts which allow the rear brake caliper to mount to the chain stays for easier rack and fender attachment.

Like the new Saga, Stanyan, San Marcos, Buena Vista and Grand Randonneurs, the forks include braze ons for mounting a mini rack, in addition to two sets of dropout eyelets. The fork crown is the same as the Grand Randonneur, and provides ample fender and tire clearance.

In addition to great stopping power, another benefit to running disc brakes is that they allow you to run 650b wheels on either the 26" or 700c size frames. We tried the new Soma Grand Randonneur tires on a 56cm frame and found they fit with ample clearance, even with metal fenders.

The Soma C-line tires also work great if you want to run 700c wheels, while the 1.5" New Xpress is a good option if you go 26".

For the first time in 2014 the Rush is available as a frame and fork set, with a matching chrome threaded fork. We also reworked the rear end with some new chainstays and seatstay caps to increase the tire clearance. These new framesets can be built up using a true NJS approved parts kit, including a quill stem like the Nitto Pearl or Jaguar, and an ISO threaded headset like the Tange Levin. They could also be built up with front and rear brakes using the Soma Housing Clips and a Nitto Technomic or Soma Sutro stem and Lauterwasser Bars for a more upright "Path Racer" style build. How ever you like to ride, the 2014 Rush is designed to adapt to meet your needs.

Stay tuned for updates on the Champs Elysees forks, Wolverine Framesets and the Battle Axe fatbike project coming later this year.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Arthur's Soma Saga

I took a couple of photos on my "maiden" voyage. I have tagged my build with a model name that may be a bit odd (I thought about Roubaix, but did not want Specialized to send their lawyers after me!)

Soma Saga dell'Orso which is a google translation from English to Italian for " Soma Saga (story) of the Bear" ... Bear because Arthur (my first name) has its roots in various words for Bear, not that my parents thought I would be a bear. Anyway if Specialized can have model names ... so can I. And I think its better than "invented" names like Treks Domane!

Later on, I will send you a list of how I specked it. The first ride was really good (40 K with several very good climbs in the WV hills). The only problem was one of the windiest days we have had so far ... slowed me on down-hills (without brakes) and nearly stopped me in my tracks on one gentle climb when a gust hit me suddenly. I am thinking the wind was a stand-in for loaded touring packs! These photos were taken at French Creek, Upshur County, West Virginia. The churchyard is French Creek Presbyterian (over 100 years old), no longer activde. A nice point of interest for a "touring" bike to stop. Its a regular ride for me.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hayes's Smoothie

Hey SomaFab!

I figured I'd shoot you a photo of my 2014 Smoothie build for your blog, if you want it. I've had it built up for a bit over a month now, and I'm loving it so far. Long rides, road races, gravel, mud, rain, anything I throw at it, it takes in stride and with an amazing ride quality. Photo attached.

Build specs:

2014 Smoothie Frame, Slick Black, 58cm virtual
Matching Tange Fork
SRAM Red 10spd Shifters, Yaw Front Derailleur, Exogram Standard Crank/BB
SRAM Force Rear Derailleur, and Brakes
ZIPP Service Course SL Stem, Seatpost, and H-Bar
Shimano 5800-105C pedals
Fizik Arione saddle
DT Swiss R1950 wheels
32mm Avocet gumwall slicks
SKS Raceblade Long fenders with custom modified brackets

Complete weight right around 20lbs, it'll get down to 18 or less with the ENVE 2.0 fork and handbuilt wheels to come!


HK, Portland, OR