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    Idea! Thee Official Soma Thread

    Post up you Soma...

    ...maybe it will get "Sticky"

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    My recent (last year) build with a mix of retro and modern budget components.
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    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.

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    150mm Specialized Ti from back in the day. It was mounted on an aluminum Ellison(Texas). I still use 150mm on my MTB's.

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.
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    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!

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    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

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    Heres my Groove with S&S couplers.

    2013 Santa Cruz TRc 650b
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    Soma Juice built this past May...
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    Good job!

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

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    Good job!

    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEPMTBA View Post
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    That's a nice set up what for gearing are you running? The blue ano parts set it off...
    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...

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    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.

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    My new 18" SS Juice:

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

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    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
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    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.

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    Anyone have a link to Soma Juice specs? Their website won't load with them. Thanks.

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    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)

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    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

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    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.









































































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    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
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    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...






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    My Juice on a quick overnighter this summer:


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    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:

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    my SOMA Juice
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    v3 under way...powder is Shocker Yellow
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    My Soma Doublecross (a few posts above) is for sale is anyone is interested. There's an ad under my signature link.

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    Soma B-Side gen 1

    Here's a few of my B-Side singlespeed. Currently setup with an old RS Duke Race:
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    previously setup rigid pre-Singlespeedapalooza 2012:
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    I'll soon return to the rigid fork and upgrade the brakes to SLX hydros. Love this bike!

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    I like those orange single speeds (and a bump to bring this thread back to the main page)

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    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.

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    Still loving mine as day numero uno.
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    LOVE my Soma Groove! Thinking about picking up another 26" tire Soma frame to build into a SS...

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    Yeah, I keep thinking about an Analog. Not really sure why, I'm pretty happy on my 29ers.

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

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    Adding to the Soma thread :o)






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    Wow that's pretty!!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Poor Groove, you will be missed


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    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:
    Last edited by ecodoug; 12-05-2013 at 06:09 AM.

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    what happened?

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    Poor Groove, you will be missed


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    Crash at Meadowood, August 4, 2013 - YouTube

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

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

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    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

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by tripnox View Post




    Which size is that?
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    Medium. I'm 5'-8" with a 30" inseam. The bike handles waaaay better than my 17.5 Rockhopper 29er that I sold.

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