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    Getting the (Soma) Groove on

    Built up a bike to get the wife riding. Picked up this Soma Groove and built with a bunch of spare parts. Still need to shorten the brake hoses, but she's been having a blast on it riding the mountains as is and then switching to the slicks for the road riding.
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    Nice looking bike!

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    I've been eyeing those Soma's lately. Just curious - what size is that and how tall is your wife?

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    frame size

    It's a 17" frame and she is 5'7".

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    nice ride,

    hey man, nice bike, been looking at getting one myself! dont suppose ypu have any more pic by any chance?
    The SeaMonkey has my money!

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    Quote Originally Posted by antman
    It's a 17" frame and she is 5'7".
    Thanks!

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    More pics

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    hey man, nice bike, been looking at getting one myself! dont suppose ypu have any more pic by any chance?
    Here you go.
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    Here's another Groove. It's 17" and belongs to a 5' 8" rider and was built up with a Deore groupset. Rides really ncely for the money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by antman
    Here you go.
    Any tire clearance issues in the back?

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    Tire Clearance

    Quote Originally Posted by notrelatedtoted
    Any tire clearance issues in the back?
    No problems with WTB MotoRaptor 2.1 and Kenda Nevegal 2.1

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    Did you guys put on 80 or 100mm forks on yours?
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    The one in the picture is running 80mm forks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zorg
    Did you guys put on 80 or 100mm forks on yours?
    I believe SOMA specs these to run an 80mm fork.

    They are nice frames, similar to the old Breezer hardtails in some ways.
    I'd rather be riding my bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SortedCycles
    The one in the picture is running 80mm forks.
    Thanks. I stripped the old 4one5 frame. The Groove is coming in today, and I'll put it together this w-e.
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    RS revelation

    Quote Originally Posted by zorg
    Did you guys put on 80 or 100mm forks on yours?
    It is set at 100mm and it handles great.

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    Got the frame today. Building it tonight while the kids are in bed!

    Update: Frame is built up. Pics to come later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by antman
    It is set at 100mm and it handles great.
    I finally took my first real ride with it this morning. It's a fun training bike, and it does scoot faster than my sussy. So far, my only gripe is the fork. I get the feel that the cockpit is too low because of the SID. I'm contemplating getting a 100mm fork at some point, and I feel that then the bike would really shine.
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    Just for some more info, I run my 4one5 frame with an '05 Reba set @ 85mm. It had a SID on it when I bought it. It was alright, but the SID didn't agree with my riding style and my weight! The Reba is great!!

    I love the Soma frame and you can't beat the prices. Great build quality on the frames! I'm contemplating getting a Smoothie for the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chewieez
    Just for some more info, I run my 4one5 frame with an '05 Reba set @ 85mm. It had a SID on it when I bought it. It was alright, but the SID didn't agree with my riding style and my weight! The Reba is great!!

    I love the Soma frame and you can't beat the prices. Great build quality on the frames! I'm contemplating getting a Smoothie for the road.
    I finally got a Reba 100mm for the Groove, and now the bike is perfect. It still climbs really well, and the front shock is light years ahead of the SID.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zorg
    I finally got a Reba 100mm for the Groove, and now the bike is perfect. It still climbs really well, and the front shock is light years ahead of the SID.

    Sweet! I'd be curious to try my Reba @ 100mm, but it rides quite well @ 85mm Nothing wrong with the bike except the engine! I think my next change is going to be a 32/16 instead of a 32/17

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    I was a bit worried about the climbing at first, but it turns out that it's no problem, and I like a more relaxed position for riding.
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    get a longer fork

    the head angle is 71.5 degrees, so a longer fork is not a problem as slacker head angles. In addition, the BB is lower than most similar frames. In fact, on the 15", it is even lower. I put an 80mm travel fork on the 15", and I was having pedal strike problems with 170mm cranks. I switched to a 100-120mm Black fork with much better results. 100 - 110mm is probably the best setup.

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    I bought a Soma Groove 19" today.

    I will use a Fox Vanilla 130 fork. Is it crazy to use a 130mm fork and shall I say my mech to short it down to 100mm?

    When we put the fork to the frame the BB-drop was around 25-35mm. Is it OK or bad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PanzerGoose
    I bought a Soma Groove 19" today.

    I will use a Fox Vanilla 130 fork. Is it crazy to use a 130mm fork and shall I say my mech to short it down to 100mm?

    When we put the fork to the frame the BB-drop was around 25-35mm. Is it OK or bad?
    I'd say it may effect your steering more than you'd like.

    I have a Soma 4one5 and use a Reba set to 85 and I could tell a slight steering difference between the 80mm SID that it replaced.

    The frame is designed around a 80mm fork. This will give you some play room as different manufactures size their forks differently. Some 80mm as shorter or taller than others. If you don't mind what a 100mm fork does to the steering, go for it. I'd say that 130 would be pushing it.

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    Tnx!
    somafab.com says A-C->440mm. My Fox has A-C=475mm but my sag is 30-35mm so, my 130mm fork will have a A-C=435mm when I sit on the bike. It feels like I shall try to use the 130 version...

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