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    Soma Wolverine Builds

    It's taken many months more than I had expected, but it's finally finished. Firstly, if you're dismayed I didn't keep the frame orange (like so many other new bikes this fall), I don't care. I wanted mine blue. It's been powder coated with RAL 5003 if anyone wants to know.

    It rides great. It's feels lighter and more lively than the cross check I previously owned. This is a 54cm frame. Some components include 11 speed 105 drivetrain. TRP HY/RD disc brakes. The wheels are made up of King R45 hubs in pewter, velocity Blunt SL rims, and 38mm Compass Barlow Pass tires. I've got it set up for commuting in a wet weather and thankfully, the rack and fender struts all fit together without a hitch over the brakes. I've still got to fine tune that fender line, but it's functional for now.
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    Of interest to anyone planning to use fenders on this frame with an 11 speed 105 FD is that the derailleur arm came into contact with the fender with the chain in the big ring. These a 51mm fluted VO fenders, but I'm not sure it would be any different with a smaller width. Decided to solve this problem by banging a dent into the fender. The dent comes nowhere near the tire and unless you'r looking for it you can barely notice it.
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    Blue looks good. Mine is still on the boat...should be here in a couple of weeks. I'm thinking I might repaint mine as well. I really like the orange, but I have a set of S&S couplers Ill be brazing on so I'll have to sand some paint off anyway. I have laced up a Rohloff disc and Son 28 disc to DT Swiss TK 540's running Schwalbe Big Bens. Drops with the Giles Rohloff shifter and TRP HY/RD. I'll post pics of the build when the frame comes in.

    I'm coming from a new Salsa Fargo (blue). I like it with WTB drops, but climbing is a PIA. Most of my commute is hilly so I'm hoping the wolverine geo will help with that.

    Thanks for starting this post BTW.

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    That blue looks phenomenal! I won't be refinishing my bike any time soon, but one day the finish will be worn enough to necessitate it. I'll go crazy at that time.

    If I ever get any half decent photos of my Wolverine in it's current arrangement, I'll make sure to post them here.

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    Rohloff and Schmidt SON Wheel set for Wolverine

    I built the Rohloff wheel today...still waiting on the frame to arrive. The Schmidt is still on my Fargo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emat View Post
    It's taken many months more than I had expected, but it's finally finished. Firstly, if you're dismayed I didn't keep the frame orange (like so many other new bikes this fall), I don't care. I wanted mine blue. It's been powder coated with RAL 5003 if anyone wants to know.

    It rides great. It's feels lighter and more lively than the cross check I previously owned. This is a 54cm frame. Some components include 11 speed 105 drivetrain. TRP HY/RD disc brakes. The wheels are made up of King R45 hubs in pewter, velocity Blunt SL rims, and 38mm Compass Barlow Pass tires. I've got it set up for commuting in a wet weather and thankfully, the rack and fender struts all fit together without a hitch over the brakes. I've still got to fine tune that fender line, but it's functional for now.
    Nice touch with the blue headset spacer BTW. I like to add an off color spacer as well but never been able to match up the color as well as you have.

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    Thanks @my2hands. Choosing a color for this frame was actually the last thing I did and easily the hardest decision, fortunately it worked out ok. My only small regret is how dark that 105 crank is.
    I'm looking forward to seeing how your Rolloff build comes together.

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    Hi, may i know what is your height to go with the 54cm wolv? I am scouring the net trying to see what size I shld go with. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojak View Post
    Hi, may i know what is your height to go with the 54cm wolv? I am scouring the net trying to see what size I shld go with. Thanks
    5'9". Has Soma released a new batch of frames yet? It was limited run the first time around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emat View Post
    5'9". Has Soma released a new batch of frames yet? It was limited run the first time around.
    Im not sure though, just asking coz contemplating between this or the all city macho disc..

    I would prefer the taller ht of the 54 but am afraid it will be too long on the ett at 565mm..all city have a 130mm ht on a 550mm ett..im 5"8' btw.

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    The frames are done... and sitting in a harbor waiting to be offloaded. But the Longshoreman are holding things up until they get a raise.

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    I'm really debating a carbon fork lately. I want to build something roadie-er.not sure if I should do it on the Wolverine or just build a second bike.

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    What size frame are the 6 foot riders usually going with for drop-bar use on this bike?
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    I've now had a few months on the bike, enough time to get a feel for it I think. I most certainly like this frame more than the Surly Cross Check I had before, but so many components are different between the bikes it's not exactly a fair comparison. It's stable, snappy and accelerates well enough for me without feeling like I'm losing all the power into a flexing of the frame.

    I'm indifferent about the 11 speed 105 group, 50-34 / 11-32. It feels fine enough but I can't say it offers me any advantage over a 9 or a 10 speed. On this bike I really wish it had one bigger bail out gear in the back for loaded climbs. Hopefully one day I'll find a solution for this without having to change too many of the components.

    As mentioned in my first post, I'm using TRP HY/RD disc brakes. They have plenty of stopping power and the levers have a great feel unfortunately they have a higher frequency pulsing or vibration that hasn't improved with use. I haven't figured out whether it's a product of the frame/fork, rotor, pads, or a combination of the above. It comes from both the front and rear so I don't think it's due to the fork. Any one else have this problem?

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    i appreciate the feedback on the bike as i'm patiently awaiting my frameset. i planned to do 11 speed 105 with a 46/36t up front. it seems like it'd be slightly better for the scenario you're describing but i can't help but second guess adopting 11 speed. 11 speed disc hubs with 135 spacing aren't nearly as prevalent as 9/10 so that comes at a premium.

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    Hey emat, can you tell me what your seat height is in those pictures? BB center to top of saddle?

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    Anybody know when the next batch of 60cm will show up??

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    Anyone know if the frame will clear a 29x2" tire? I've got my frame on order from my LBS, have a wheelset ready but haven't decided on what tires to run. Was thinking either a fast rolling 29x2" or something like the Surly Knard 700x41.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formula4speed View Post
    Anyone know if the frame will clear a 29x2" tire? I've got my frame on order from my LBS, have a wheelset ready but haven't decided on what tires to run. Was thinking either a fast rolling 29x2" or something like the Surly Knard 700x41.
    Yes, when I had my frame I built it up with Schwalbe Big Bens 29x2. They fit fine, but major wheel - toe overlap which may not be so much of a factor with a larger frame.

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    Awesome, thank you. My rides tend to go something like: pavement, dirt road, pavement, singletrack, gravel, pavement then turn around and repeat. I don't think there is a "correct" tire.

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    Yeah, I'm running fat franks front and rear with room to spare. It's pretty great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formula4speed View Post
    Awesome, thank you. My rides tend to go something like: pavement, dirt road, pavement, singletrack, gravel, pavement then turn around and repeat. I don't think there is a "correct" tire.
    I tried some WTB Nano's 2.2 but the knobbies rubbed the bottom of the fork crown, otherwise, they would of fit.

    Ah...the endless quest for the perfect enduro tire. The Big Bens are almost perfect IMO except...except for one important element: they don't look the part!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojak View Post
    Im not sure though, just asking coz contemplating between this or the all city macho disc..

    I would prefer the taller ht of the 54 but am afraid it will be too long on the ett at 565mm..all city have a 130mm ht on a 550mm ett..im 5"8' btw.
    Did you ever buy your Soma Wolverine? I'm also 5'8" and prefer to go with the largest frame possible. The ETT shouldn't be an issue for me as I plan to use moustache bars to keep upright. Suggestions?

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    Question about buying a frame and building it up without riding it.

    My Fuji Cross is a 54 (fits great), but the Wolverine ETT in size 52, is very close (2mm longer), and the only really (probably) noticeable difference in geo would be the seat tube (The Fuji is 2cm taller), and a few mms or half a degree here or there.

    How does that 2cm shorter seat tube on the Wolverine change the ride, or will it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyriverag View Post
    Question about buying a frame and building it up without riding it.

    How does that 2cm shorter seat tube on the Wolverine change the ride, or will it?
    Seat tube length doesn't matter as long as it's not too long. You would just adjust the seatpost up or down to make up the difference. Ride characteristics shouldn't really be different.
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    Thanks Glynis27, that's what I thought, but I am kind of a turd so I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something.

    Now I have to decide between drops or flats!
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    For maximum versatility, I think I am going with either the Surly Knards or Soma Cazadero (that gumwall though). What width rim would you recommend, 23-27mm? I could throw a 2.1ish 29er tire on that rim then, right?
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    I just finished my first ride today with 41mm, 120tpi, Surly Knard's. Wow, I'm really impressed with the tire! I use a 25mm Velocity Blunt SL wheel.

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    Caz's come in blackwall too. Actually out of gumwall right now.
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    Has anyone heard anything about the August shipment of frames? I ordered a frame a month ago and haven't heard anything. Have a trip coming up in September and would like to have mine built up and get a couple break in rides.

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    I would have your dealer check with their distributor. We've sent out over 200 frames to dealers and distributor in the last 30 days. We are caught up on backorders on almost everything except middle sizes placed less than 3 weeks ago. We expect to get another order in at Merry Sales next week, which should cover everyone's backorders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by somacisco View Post
    I would have your dealer check with their distributor. We've sent out over 200 frames to dealers and distributor in the last 30 days. We are caught up on backorders on almost everything except middle sizes placed less than 3 weeks ago. We expect to get another order in at Merry Sales next week, which should cover everyone's backorders.
    Thanks for the reply. I ordered a 54cm on July 10th through my LBS, I was told it was backordered on the 16th so not sure which day the order went through. I'm told they'll be checking the status the next couple days, hopefully I'll be getting my Wolverine built up soon.

    I made the mistake of selling my old bike too soon to pay for this one. I mistakenly thought the Wolverine was in stock last month, obviously my fault, but I'm dying a little inside with all these parts and no frame to put them on.

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    New wolverine build

    Thanks to Soma love here and elsewhere, I recently pulled the trigger on a Wolverine. I was originally thinking Surly Straggler, but glad I ended up here. The dropouts are clean, the head tube is almost 2cm longer than a Straggler, and I wouldn't want anything heavier or stiffer. For what it's worth, I'm 6' with a 33" inseam and went with a 56cm frameset, 80mm stem, and 46cm bars. Cons: Short head tube, not so light, and moderately fragile paint. Pros: Versatile steel frame, orange, and fun! Despite the heft, it's surprisingly snappy on singletrack with dropouts in short mode. Right now it's built up in touring mode with front rack/panniers, Revelate frame and seat bags, and Clement Xplor 40mm tires. Thanks again for the positive reviews. Happy trails, roads, and everything in between!

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    She's finally done.
    2x1 Drivetrain (not a typo) with FSA Metropolis Internally Geared Crankset
    WTB i19 Wheels with 700x41 Knards
    Brooks Cambium C17 Saddle
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    Sweet matching bar tape, wasn't sure if I would like it until I saw it on the bike, but I really think it looks cool.

    Time to put some miles on it.
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    Awesome to see! I've got the exact same seat and orange lizard skin tape sitting in a box waiting for my frame to show. I wasn't sure about the orange tape either, but it looks great!

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    That's likely to be the frameset, specifically the front fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glynis27 View Post
    What size frame are the 6 foot riders usually going with for drop-bar use on this bike?
    I am 5'11 - 6' and I opted to ride a 56cm. I am running soma Clarence bars but wanted the ability to run drops for cx races. I'm also running a 110mm 10degree stem and a zero stack seat post. Having really long legs and next to no torso, I will say it's a tad on the tight side. But with a layback seat post and drop bars, it should fit my body perfectly. I also have size 9 feet and there isn't any toe overlap but it's close.

    So if you have a longer torso or bigger feet, I would suggest a 58cm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmad View Post
    I am 5'11 - 6' and I opted to ride a 56cm.
    Thanks, but I ended up buying both a 54cm and a 56cm. Built the 54 first and it felt pretty good, but the reach was a bit shorter than I wanted for more aggressive riding. Could have tried it with a longer stem, but decided to just go with the 56 instead. I probably have just short of 2k miles on the 56 now and it's been great! Used it on a week-long tour last month and I was comfy the whole time. I have a 100mm 15degree stem, setback post and Cowbell bars.
    Now I need to figure out what I'm gonna do with the 54.
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    with 29er 2.1, is there room for fenders?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmad View Post
    I am 5'11 - 6' and I opted to ride a 56cm. I am running soma Clarence bars but wanted the ability to run drops for cx races. I'm also running a 110mm 10degree stem and a zero stack seat post. Having really long legs and next to no torso, I will say it's a tad on the tight side. But with a layback seat post and drop bars, it should fit my body perfectly. I also have size 9 feet and there isn't any toe overlap but it's close.

    So if you have a longer torso or bigger feet, I would suggest a 58cm.
    I am thinking of getting a 56 or 58cm and I have a 32-inch inseam. Which one should I lean towards? No one close to me has one to test drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trek4fun View Post
    I am thinking of getting a 56 or 58cm and I have a 32-inch inseam. Which one should I lean towards? No one close to me has one to test drive.
    My pant inseam is between 32-33" but my actual inseam (for cycling fit measurements) is around 35-36"

    I would suggest that you figure out what kind of reach you want. For example, if I wanted a much faster road riding bike, i would have gone with a 58 and drop bars to lean forward more. But I'm really happy with my 56 and mustache bars for sitting upright and being nice and comfortable for commuting.

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    Images, woot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formula4speed View Post
    She's finally done.
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    WTB i19 Wheels with 700x41 Knards
    Brooks Cambium C17 Saddle
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    Sweet matching bar tape, wasn't sure if I would like it until I saw it on the bike, but I really think it looks cool.

    Time to put some miles on it.
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    You mean put some smiles on. The metropolis stem is a nice alternative to a stack of spacers. Nice build hope you enjoy it.
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    Just finished her up last night, and brought it with me in my commute. Set it up as a retro-ish MTB, although might switch to drops in the future. While waiting for the BB7 stoppers I slapped in extra XT hydraulic brakes from the bin - I was thinking that it would be out of place but upon installation it kinda works with the overall look.

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    Nice ride! What size are your tires? Could you please provide a pic of the tire clearance? I am about to start one that I am building up as a monster-cross.
    Cheers!

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    Soma Wolverine Builds-imageuploadedbytapatalk1453179632.401479.jpg

    29x2.1 with the dropouts pulled all the way backwards. 2.2 tires might also fit, but at the front it will be tight. Good luck on the build!

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    nice, Thanks!

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    Aybee. This.... Is awesome!

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