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  • 05-12-2012
    NEPMTBA
    Thee Official Soma Thread
    Post up you Soma...

    ...maybe it will get "Sticky"
  • 05-16-2012
    NEPMTBA
  • 05-19-2012
    skoda
    2 Attachment(s)
    My recent (last year) build with a mix of retro and modern budget components.
  • 05-20-2012
    minh
    nice! how long is that stem? I was going through my parts bin and found a 120mm stem from the late 90s and I thought how funny it would look on my bike now.
  • 05-23-2012
    skoda
    150mm Specialized Ti from back in the day. It was mounted on an aluminum Ellison(Texas). I still use 150mm on my MTB's.
  • 05-25-2012
    seat_boy
    That looks like the 21"... is the ETT really as short as Soma's geo chart claims? 606mm or some such. It seems so short...

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by skoda View Post
    My recent (last year) build with a mix of retro and modern budget components.

  • 05-26-2012
    skoda
    Greetings Seatboy;
    The ETT length on my 21" is 23 1/2inch, long enough for me with the 150mm stem.
    I would not hesitate getting any Soma, the overall quality of the frame construction and paint is some of the best I've seen, and I have been riding and repairing bicycles for 40 years.
    Regards
  • 06-03-2012
    seat_boy
    Here's my new Juice:



    That's the new XL size, and I'm pretty happy with the fit after my first shake down ride. I'm happy there are still companies making rim brake frames these days.
  • 06-03-2012
    skoda
    Greetings Seat_Boy;
    Soma makes some very nice bikes for quite reasonable prices, and yours looks GREAT. Love the color!!! Congratulations on your purchase. How does it ride? Take care of it and it will last a long time; 'Steel is Real'. Good luck Seat_Boy.
    Regards
    Carl in Ocala
  • 06-03-2012
    seat_boy
    Thanks for the nice words. Rides well so far, but I've only got one lap of my local trail down. I didn't like the green in pictures, but I like it lot better in real life. Quick handling, and no issues from the sliding dropouts so far. I'm not regretting selling my full sus Spearfish to get this... yet!
  • 07-03-2012
    azbeersnob
    I just purchased a Juice frame and will be building it up soon into a SS. Any advice or anything to look out for?

    Planning to toss on a Reba RL, Stan's Arch EX and Shimano SLX brakes.

    Jeff
  • 07-06-2012
    ljsmith
    Heres my Groove with S&S couplers.

  • 07-10-2012
    bkirby10
    1 Attachment(s)
    Soma Juice built this past May...
  • 07-10-2012
    NEPMTBA
    bkirby10:

    That's a nice set up what for gearing are you running? The blue ano parts set it off...:thumbsup:
  • 07-10-2012
    NEPMTBA
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ljsmith View Post
    Heres my Groove with S&S couplers.

    That's an amazing looking bike, the couplers are hardly noticeable, not that that matters. May I ask why you did couplers, do you transport a lot?

    TIA
  • 07-11-2012
    bkirby10
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NEPMTBA View Post
    bkirby10:

    That's a nice set up what for gearing are you running? The blue ano parts set it off...:thumbsup:

    This photo was set up as 32x20, but have Surly cogs of 22t, 20t, 19t, and 17t in the bin for different trails. Waiting on a blue HBC 21t cog and a blue spiderless ring, but I doubt I will see if before xmas. As parts wear out, will be adding more blue ano pieces in the future...
  • 07-11-2012
    GTscoob
    Here's my Double Cross DC in full monstercross mode:






    Normally its got a 130mm Thomson -10 deg drop stem on it with 700x28 slicks on it for commuting and road riding. Pics above show it with a 120mm Thomson +10 stem and 700x42 Wormdrives for gravel road/light trail riding.

    62cm Frame with a 410mm post most of the way out. Was on the fence between the 62cm DC and the 66cm Smoothie ES and the disc brakes and dirt capability won out.
  • 07-26-2012
    azbeersnob
    1 Attachment(s)
    My new 18" SS Juice:

    First ride was today and it rode great. Very nice for the price.

    Jeff
  • 11-01-2012
    skoda
    4 Attachment(s)
    Greetings Chaps;
    Let's try and keep this Official Soma thread active. I'm still enamored with my Groove, and from what I've seen; everyone who has a Soma is as well. Soma frames are reasonably priced,and extremely well built and finished. I'm trying to keep my Groove somewhat retro looking with some vintage components I've purchased over many years, including : Shimano XT M-730 rear mech., Shimano XTR M-900 crankset, SunTour XC Pro pedals, SunTour XC Pro thumb shifters, Specialized 6al4v Ti. 150mm stem, Litespeed Ti bars, American Classic Ti seatpin, Onza bar ends.
    Cheers
  • 11-25-2012
    ddublu
    I just picked up a 2013 Felt Nine 60 but it's too small....I have upgraded every component on it except the seatpost and now am going to be swapping out frames for a Soma Juice...Trying to decide between the L and XL. I'm a hair over 6'2" with a 31-32 inseam and long torso and arms.
  • 11-25-2012
    ddublu
    Anyone have a link to Soma Juice specs? Their website won't load with them. Thanks.
  • 12-20-2012
    SimpleJon
    Just got myself a Soma Double Cross, as a commuter, light tourer, road bike and a cross bike. Will post some pics at a later date, doing the build this weekend. Specs as follows:

    -Frame 58cm Double Cross - and fork
    -Headset Chris King
    -100mm 10' rise EA90 Stem
    -EA70 - drop bars
    -Ultegra Drive train
    -Crankset FC - 6703 (52/39/30) and FD 6703
    -RD 6700 and 11 - 28 cassette
    -105 5703 STI levers
    -Thomson Elite 27.2 seat post silver
    -Brooks Swift saddle Honey
    -Brooks Bar tape honey
    -Brakes Shimano CX70 Cantis with Kool stop salmon pads

    Road wheels:
    Chris King R45 hubs, DT Swiss RR585 rims DT Aerolite spokes 20 hole front 24 rear Conti GP4000s
    Building up a second wheel set for commuting / touring
    Chris King Classic Cyclocross hubs 28 32 drilling, not decided on rims yet.
    Picked up pretty much all of it over the last few months either second hand or in clearance deals - got 50% off the CK gear / rims / spokes in a closing down sale and paid $150 for the crank from CRC, $100 brand new for the brifters from a mate. not including the 2nd as yet un built wheelset I reckon I've spent well under $2K (yet to do the math)
  • 12-20-2012
    skoda
    Geetings ddublu;
    With your long upper torso and inseam I suspect you will be better served with the XL frame with its longer top tube. Soma's are great, solid and well finished, with a realistic price range. Good luck with your build, expect to see completed photo's!
    Cheers
  • 12-20-2012
    ddublu
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by skoda View Post
    Geetings ddublu;
    With your long upper torso and inseam I suspect you will be better served with the XL frame with its longer top tube. Soma's are great, solid and well finished, with a realistic price range. Good luck with your build, expect to see completed photo's!
    Cheers

    I ended up going with the XXL (22") and it's perfect. You asked for pics....you got 'em.









































































  • 12-21-2012
    skoda
    Greetings Again ddublu;
    Congratulations; Great looking Soma build with an excellent component choice. Thanks for the photo's, now I'm envious!!! Seriously you have without doubt an A #1
    bike. Merry Christmas
    Regards
  • 12-22-2012
    SteveF
    Juice SS's seem to be the hot ticket. Put mine together a month or so ago. It's a great bike-much livelier handling and ride than the Raliegh XXIX I had before. The sliding dropouts are a lot easier to work with than the EBB (to me at least) and the lighter tubeset and curved top tube make me feel right at home on this bike! It's a 16". Please forgive the extra long rear brake line--I've had it trimmed since these pic...





  • 12-23-2012
    seat_boy
    My Juice on a quick overnighter this summer:

  • 02-12-2013
    seat_boy
    My latest Juice build:


    and I picked up a Double Cross this winter to use as a utility bike. Unfortunately, shortly after, I came across a Rawland Drakkar that I liked better for the same job. This will soon be stripped down for sale, but here it as as of now:
  • 02-15-2013
    MTSHANK
    3 Attachment(s)
    my SOMA Juice
    v1
    Attachment 771977
    v2
    Attachment 771978
    v3 under way...powder is Shocker Yellow
    Attachment 771976
  • 02-28-2013
    seat_boy
    My Soma Doublecross (a few posts above) is for sale is anyone is interested. There's an ad under my signature link.
  • 03-02-2013
    ecodoug
    2 Attachment(s)
    Soma B-Side gen 1
    Here's a few of my B-Side singlespeed. Currently setup with an old RS Duke Race:
    Attachment 776929

    previously setup rigid pre-Singlespeedapalooza 2012:
    Attachment 776930

    I'll soon return to the rigid fork and upgrade the brakes to SLX hydros. Love this bike!
  • 04-06-2013
    seat_boy
    I like those orange single speeds (and a bump to bring this thread back to the main page)
  • 04-21-2013
    seat_boy
    OK, this was just stupid:



    I had the idea to make a long and low cruiser: 26" tires would drop the bottom bracket, slide the dropouts all the way rearward, I thought it would be fun and plush. But in the end, it just kinda sucked. Mostly I attribute this to the Bontrager Earl tires, which have all the rolling performance of a wheel with a sticking brake. Awful, slow anchors. Pedal strikes actually weren't too bad.
  • 04-21-2013
    ddublu
    Still loving mine as day numero uno.
  • 05-04-2013
    Ltdan12a
    LOVE my Soma Groove! Thinking about picking up another 26" tire Soma frame to build into a SS...
  • 05-05-2013
    seat_boy
    Yeah, I keep thinking about an Analog. Not really sure why, I'm pretty happy on my 29ers.
  • 06-22-2013
    shmoodiver
    3 Attachment(s)
    my analog in a couple of different guisesAttachment 809986Attachment 809987Attachment 809988
  • 06-25-2013
    derrgti
    what size Bside is that and what is your inseam? I am looking to get one of these, but their sizing is a little whacky..



    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ecodoug View Post
    Here's a few of my B-Side singlespeed. Currently setup with an old RS Duke Race:
    Attachment 776929

    previously setup rigid pre-Singlespeedapalooza 2012:
    Attachment 776930

    I'll soon return to the rigid fork and upgrade the brakes to SLX hydros. Love this bike!

  • 08-06-2013
    tripnox
    Adding to the Soma thread :o)




  • 08-06-2013
    Ltdan12a
    Wow that's pretty!!
  • 08-07-2013
    GTscoob
    That Juice is nicely coordinated but will likely handle poorly due to the height of the bars above the saddle combined with the dirt jumper stem. There's not a shot of how wide the bars are but most guys that run tiny little stems are also running 30+" wide bars so make up the comparable reach to longer stem/narrow bar setups.

    Rigid bikes need some weight over the front end as you do not have suspension driving your front tire into the dirt.
  • 08-07-2013
    tripnox
    Thanks for the input. This is my first bike project and the stem is a stubby 50mm (orange). I'm still playing around with the height to get it more suitable and getting that fork re-cut when I find the the right spot.
  • 08-08-2013
    GTscoob
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tripnox View Post
    Thanks for the input. This is my first bike project and the stem is a stubby 50mm (orange). I'm still playing around with the height to get it more suitable and getting that fork re-cut when I find the the right spot.

    Within reason, when you're in your standard riding position, when you look down at where the stem clamps over the bars, the front hub should line up right underneath the bars. Bikes with suspension can get away with shorter reach stems but setting your stem length this old-school way ensures that you'll have enough weight over the front end on a rigid bike.
  • 08-11-2013
    Ltdan12a
    Poor Groove, you will be missed :cryin:

  • 08-13-2013
    ecodoug
    1 Attachment(s)
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by derrgti View Post
    what size Bside is that and what is your inseam? I am looking to get one of these, but their sizing is a little whacky..

    That's the 15" B-Side (gen 1) and my inseam is ~29". Sizing is/was a little weird because of the super-sloping top tube. A 400+mm seat post is definitely required.

    Here's a more current photo, back to rigid with Ragley Carnegie bars, since swapped to a black stem & stan's crest wheels:
  • 08-13-2013
    Kisherceg
    what happened?

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Ltdan12a View Post
    Poor Groove, you will be missed :cryin:


  • 08-14-2013
    Ltdan12a
    Crash at Meadowood, August 4, 2013 - YouTube

    Fast forward to 2:22, and be sure it's set for 1080P :thumbsup:

    Came off a small hop with the handle bars turned, and things went pear shaped pretty quick.
  • 08-15-2013
    Kisherceg
    that's really nasty.

    the trail looks fun othervise.


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Ltdan12a View Post
    Crash at Meadowood, August 4, 2013 - YouTube

    Fast forward to 2:22, and be sure it's set for 1080P :thumbsup:

    Came off a small hop with the handle bars turned, and things went pear shaped pretty quick.

  • 09-15-2013
    GRAVELBIKE
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tripnox View Post





    Which size is that?
  • 09-24-2013
    tripnox
    Medium. I'm 5'-8" with a 30" inseam. The bike handles waaaay better than my 17.5 Rockhopper 29er that I sold.
  • 09-26-2013
    GRAVELBIKE
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tripnox View Post
    Medium. I'm 5'-8" with a 30" inseam. The bike handles waaaay better than my 17.5 Rockhopper 29er that I sold.

    Thanks. I'm thinking the 19.5 would fit me (5'10", 28.75" saddle height).
  • 09-27-2013
    jmiah
    Thee Official Soma Thread
    Alright you Soma lovers, tell me why or why not for the Soma B-Side as a single speed race build. I currently ride and race an El Mariachi in SS and think the 650B tire size is perfect for my 5'8" frame. Tell me why this is or isn't a better choice than a S.I.R.9 or something similar from Niner.
  • 09-27-2013
    GTscoob
    Steel might give up some pedalling stiffness and be heavier when compared to alloy and carbon frames. But you're comparing it to the steel Niner.

    If you like 650s, do it!
  • 11-06-2013
    SimpleJon
    I am planning on taking my double cross on an offroad tour round Borneo next year - Officially Soma say 38's are the widest tires it will take with fender but looking at the fork I reckon I could get a 2" 29er tire in there no problem and a 1.75 (44 - 45) rear with no fender - anyone any experience with running wide tires - what works and what doesn't would be useful?
  • 11-06-2013
    GTscoob
    42mm rear tire is really pushing it on the back of a Double Cross. It's enough to where mud packed up will begin to scrape the paint off the seatstays and chainstays.

    And the bike doesnt handle so well with bigger tires. Ends up really top heavy with anything more than 35mm tires and tends to loop out easily on climbs.
  • 01-07-2014
    seat_boy
    I'm sorta looking for a 2013 Juice (the dirty nickel one) in the 19.5" size--it seems the other sizes are available, but not this one. Any leads?
  • 01-20-2014
    Prp1
    Other than color, are the 2013 and 2014 Juice frames the same?
  • 01-24-2014
    KylesCog
    No, the biggest change in the 2014 model is a tapered headtube. They also state "optimized for 100mm forks" but I haven't compared the numbers to see a what that might entail. I would love to see a brown one built up. I've only seen frame pictures on a white background. Hard to tell stay it will really look like.
  • 01-25-2014
    Prp1
    Thanks for the reply. That's what I needed to know.
  • 01-27-2014
    broncojd78
    Re: Thee Official Soma Thread
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by KylesCog View Post
    No, the biggest change in the 2014 model is a tapered headtube. They also state "optimized for 100mm forks" but I haven't compared the numbers to see a what that might entail. I would love to see a brown one built up. I've only seen frame pictures on a white background. Hard to tell stay it will really look like.

    I don't believe it's actually tapered. They say you can run a straight steerer with a zero stack headset or a tapered steerer with a zero stack top and external bottom. They specify exactly what bottom, i don't remember the details.

    Also, the dirty nickel was also "optimized" for the 100mm fork.

    Sent from my LG-MS770 using Tapatalk
  • 02-27-2014
    Agwan
    So I'm feeling the desire to put together a B-side for some fastish, carvy, not too technical trail riding.

    Front squish and Gears. I loved my Groove as a Commuter, never gave me a problem and rode like a dream, but for a clyde riding hard off road, would the B-side be a wise choice as a trail bike?

    Or should I go for something more sturdy?
  • 03-11-2014
    FastBanana
    Anyone here have a Soma road bike?

    I really want one.
  • 03-13-2014
    SteveF
    1 Attachment(s)
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by FastBanana View Post
    Anyone here have a Soma road bike?

    I really want one.

    I built up a Smoothie ES for a friend on a budget-turned out pretty nice. Decently made, lightweight steel frame-prep work was minimal and it went together easily.

    (He's tall-that steerer is uncut)

    Attachment 876594
  • 03-31-2014
    derrgti
    4 Attachment(s)
    B-Side, didn't realize there was a SOMA thread.
    just build this a few weeks ago.. haven't been able to get on the trails yet with it, hopefully this week since there is no rain in the forcast!
    super happy with the build and turned out lighter than the 26" SS it replaced.

    Attachment 881410Attachment 881411Attachment 881412Attachment 881413

    now I need to get one of those cool replacement headbadges!
  • 04-17-2014
    gruppo
    3 Attachment(s)
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by FastBanana View Post
    Soma road bike?

    Here's three of the bunch built in my shop over the years (I apologize for the poor quality of the photos). The Smoothie, Smoothie ES, and the SS all build up into extraordinary bikes. Two of those shown were built with Campy Record 11.
  • 04-17-2014
    Agwan
    My Surly doesn't compare to the ride quality of my Soma. I expect to be back on a Wolverine or Double Cross by years end.
  • 04-21-2014
    seat_boy
    I loved the ride of my Juice--super smooth. However, I found no real difference between the ride of my Surly Cross Check and the Double Cross. I compared them here:

    Bikes and Playgrounds: Soma Double Cross vs. Surly Cross Check Comparison


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Agwan View Post
    My Surly doesn't compare to the ride quality of my Soma. I expect to be back on a Wolverine or Double Cross by years end.

  • 04-21-2014
    Agwan
    That was an interesting read. I was also coming from a MTB, the groove. and it was just so perfect in terms of being supple and responsive. the Straggler is so much stiffer and less intuitive. maybe that's just the nature of the frame style. I did notice the points you'd made about the Double Cross, I'm hoping this up-coming batch addresses some of them (most importantly to me, the cheap, ugly rear drops)

    If it doesn't the Soma Wolverine would.

    but if there is no real difference, why change.
  • 07-18-2014
    Birdman
    Lots of Soma love here at work:



    My black Soma Groove (Reynolds tubing), set up SS. My coworker's blue Soma Groove and Soma Smoothie ES.

    JMJ
  • 07-31-2014
    Afol
    I'm thinking of a Wolverine with Alfine 8.

    Would the Alfine 8 cranksets fit?
  • 07-31-2014
    Agwan
    It is a good bet it will. most gravel grinder type bikes are designed with road components in mind.

    that being said the Alfine crank is super duper not special. so if it doesn't there is a pile of cranks out there that will.
  • 07-31-2014
    Afol
    Well I already have the Alfine parts so hope it fits. Don't wanna spend on another set of cranks.
  • 08-02-2014
    emat
    I know it's only been available a short time, but has anyone got some time in on a Wolverine frame yet? What are your impressions? How's the sizing? I'm 5"9" and have been on a 56cm Cross Check that I find just a bit too big. Can't decide whether the 52 or 54 Wolverine would be a better fit. The 54 isn't all that different from a 56 CC. I'm ordering online and don't have anywhere to try a Soma frame out.
  • 08-08-2014
    iphilrive
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by emat View Post
    I know it's only been available a short time, but has anyone got some time in on a Wolverine frame yet? What are your impressions? How's the sizing? I'm 5"9" and have been on a 56cm Cross Check that I find just a bit too big. Can't decide whether the 52 or 54 Wolverine would be a better fit. The 54 isn't all that different from a 56 CC. I'm ordering online and don't have anywhere to try a Soma frame out.

    you and i are in the same boat! i was going to order the 56 then i looked at the specs and not i'm leaning more towards the 54!
  • 08-09-2014
    emat
    I've ordered a 54. Should be here in a week or so, then it's off to the powder coaters straight away.
  • 08-09-2014
    iphilrive
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by emat View Post
    I've ordered a 54. Should be here in a week or so, then it's off to the powder coaters straight away.

    The orange is so sweet though!
  • 08-10-2014
    emat
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by iphilrive View Post
    The orange is so sweet though!

    Orange is amazing, on other people's bikes.
  • 09-21-2014
    RPG
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by emat View Post
    I've ordered a 54. Should be here in a week or so, then it's off to the powder coaters straight away.

    How does the 54 fit? I'm on a 52 AllCity NB (550 tt), and wondering which size Wolverine I would be. I'm leaning towards the 52, but worried about toe overlap. How's yours fir? Any pics? Thanks!
  • 09-21-2014
    emat
    Still waiting for this frame to arrive. The 54 is hard to come by right now.
  • 09-22-2014
    Afol
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Afol View Post
    I'm thinking of a Wolverine with Alfine 8.

    Would the Alfine 8 cranksets fit?

    I just found out...it fits ... barely
  • 09-23-2014
    diegomesa35
    1 Attachment(s)
    soma analog
  • 09-23-2014
    Agwan
    I am loving my Soma Wolverine, worlds different from the Straggler.
  • 09-24-2014
    Afol
    I was deciding to buy the Wolverine or the Strangler. Got the Wolverine because of the rear drop outs and local availability.

    Care to elaborate on the differences between the 2?
  • 09-24-2014
    Afol
    2 Attachment(s)
    My Wolverine build version one

    Attachment 926040

    Current configuration

    Attachment 926041
  • 09-26-2014
    RPG
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Afol View Post
    My Wolverine build version one

    Attachment 926040

    Current configuration

    Attachment 926041

    What size is that? How tall are you? I'm 5'9" and torn between the 52 & 54. On a 52 nature boy now.
  • 09-26-2014
    iphilrive
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RPG View Post
    What size is that? How tall are you? I'm 5'9" and torn between the 52 & 54. On a 52 nature boy now.

    I ride a 56 and I ordered a 54 so I hope that fits!
  • 09-26-2014
    iphilrive
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Afol View Post
    My Wolverine build version one

    Attachment 926040

    Current configuration

    Attachment 926041


    You have a Jones?! You don't need any other bike! Jeff Jones is a mastermind!
  • 09-26-2014
    Afol
    That is a Size 50. I'm 173cm about 5'6" I think
  • 09-26-2014
    Afol
    Yup I have a Jones and its great. Got the Soma because I have a set of Alfine collecting dust so might as well build it up.
  • 11-12-2014
    Afol
    Any Double Cross Disc owners can help me out? What's the current 2014 DCD front derailleur clamp size?
  • 11-12-2014
    Agwan
    being that it has never ever changed in the history of ever for virtually everything Soma has ever made, I'm gonna say 28.6 is a super safe bet.

    Also, they list these things on the product pages of the manufacturers website. Soma has the info under FAQs.

    Double Cross Disc | SOMA Fabrications
  • 11-13-2014
    Afol
    Thanks for the info. I can't find any campy front D that fits. Looks like only Shimano ...
  • 11-13-2014
    Agwan
    Or you could spend a few dollars on a shim.
  • 11-21-2014
    hydrogeek
    Does anyone have a real world comparison between the new Wolverine and the Salsa Vaya? Any experience in riding both bikes and might want to share their observations?
  • 11-27-2014
    Agwan
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by hydrogeek View Post
    Does anyone have a real world comparison between the new Wolverine and the Salsa Vaya? Any experience in riding both bikes and might want to share their observations?

    I was hoping someone with more experience than me would respond. Apparently that won't be happening. So I guess I am as good as you'll get.

    In my 15 minutes riding the Vaya I was able to see that it rode like cheap 4130. Which honestly isn't bad. but it's nothing special. The Vaya is definitely stiffer, But more relaxed in terms of handling.

    The Vaya Rides like a Vaya. Which is to say it rides like a touring bike. While I wasn't blown away by it, I also wasn't disappointed. It is what it is and it was not right for me. I also wasn't a huge fan of the price to quality ratio. but it's a solid bike at an average price. I just find Soma to be a better value, especially since I always build from the frame up.

    The Wolverine would make an excellent tourer, but like all these "gravel grinder" bicycles, that is not what it is at it's heart.

    It's an XC mountain bike. At the core of it. These "hip new designs" are a great way to repackage the speedy, light duty rigid MTB's that marketing told us were inadequate in the late 90's. But frankly, people never stopped wanting them.

    Now, most of these "gravel grinders" are unabashedly MTBs. The Surly Straggler for example. It's right at home with knobbies on a dirt trail. (having owned a Straggler, it was not the right bike for me. At least for my build. I wanted a fat guy road bike. a super commuter. And the wolverine did that better. That being said, I might buy another Straggler one day. but it will be dressed in full time Knobbies and geared for the trail. Which means a Karate Monkey would probably be the better choice. anyways, back on topic)

    More than most gravel grinders, the wolverine seems to be built for street. which is in no way a negative. It has a substantially more forgiving ride and snappier handling.

    I'd say if you're Touring. and touring with a heavy, 80+ pound load for more than 100 miles a day. I'd go with the Vaya, in spite of a harsher ride it is just an easier bike to cruise along with. Less mental effort. and when buried in cargo, it's ride will most likely soften.

    If you're doing light touring here and there. and the bike will have other uses. I'd go with the Wolverine. I bought it as a Daily Driver. and I'm happy with it in that roll.
  • 11-30-2014
    seat_boy
    Anyone know if a Dirt Wizard 2.75" tire will fit in the rear of an Analog?
  • 12-01-2014
    diegomesa35
    no, the capacity is for a tire 2.4, maximum 2.5
  • 12-02-2014
    seat_boy
    That's the stated fit, but there's often some margin there. People report being able to fit a DW in the back of the B side, and it sure looks like the rear triangle is just about the same.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by diegomesa35 View Post
    no, the capacity is for a tire 2.4, maximum 2.5

  • 12-02-2014
    diegomesa35
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    That's the stated fit, but there's often some margin there. People report being able to fit a DW in the back of the B side, and it sure looks like the rear triangle is just about the same.

    I have an analog with continental tires 26x2.2 race king, are like 56cm wide, well you've ridden maxxis 26x 2.25 CROSSMARK are 57cm wide, the manufacturer says that for a 2.4, meaning that as 62 cm wide, truth is there is room, but would not know whether to say 2.75. suddenly becomes very attached to the frame.
  • 12-03-2014
    hydrogeek
    Thanks Agwan for the reply. I have a Vaya that I built up a year ago and it doesn't really get ridden much. I wanted a machine that could do it all, you know, commute, tour, gravel roads, light XC. I have tried it all except touring so far and it doesn't seem to do anything well. I tend to like my Soma DC much better. That has me wondering if a Wolverine might be a better tool than the Vaya for my needs.

    My DC is setup for commuting with 32mm tires, fenders and a front rack. It feels better riding it and out of the saddle climbing than on the Vaya and I think that is due to the very tall head tube on the Vaya compared to the DC. To me the Vaya seems 1) sluggish and I think that is a due to the longer wheelbase and 2) seems less stable with the very tall headtube. The handle bars on the Vaya are about 1 1/2" higher than the DC. I can fix that with some changes of the stem and spacers, but the slugishness can't be changed.

    The other thing interests me is that the Wolverine seems to have more tire clearance than the Vaya. I have a 650b wheel set for my Vaya with 2.1" tires for off-road duties and it works, but suffers about a 3/8" bottom bracket drop in height compared to running 40mm x 700c tires on my other wheelset. Seems like the Wolverine can handle 2.1" tires at 700c.

    I don't anticipate heavy touring, but I am planning an off-road tour next year that will be about 70% dirt and 30% pavement over about 5 days. I keep telling myself, let's get through Christmas and New Year’s first and then think about buying a new frameset. Let's see how that goes :-)