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    Calling Soma 4ONE5 owners!

    I'm considering a new build using a Soma Fabrications 4ONE5 frame, and am looking for feedback from other Soma riders.

    What are your likes/dislikes with this frame? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    Likes:

    •Frame geometry - it feels great!
    •steel - feels great!
    •svelt tubes and s bend chain stays - rides great... doesn't have a "burly" feel
    •color - yep... matte black/greenish... subtle
    •taller head tube - less spacers for same stem height (or higher stem height b/c you can use the same amount of spacers--however you want to look at it)
    •weight is reasonable
    •track ends are nice
    •disc compatible
    •price
    •same seat post diameter as my Ventana


    Dislikes:
    (thinking hard!)

    •I don't own a Soma roadie yet....
    •some of the paint has chipped off in places

    That's all I think.... I say go for it!

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    I appreciate...

    The detailed feedback! I'm looking at the 2006 version that comes in silver, but do like the matte black/green version (and it's still available on-line). I was looking at a Surly, but the Soma is a 1/2 pound lighter.

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    don't forget the Silver version is Tange Prestige steel... the matte black's are Reynolds 631.

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    Steel differences

    That's right. The Tange, according to the Soma website, is stronger than the Reynolds 631.

    Think that equals a stiffer ride? I have a RM Hammer w/ Reynolds 725 and really dig the ride quality of that frame.

    If I get the Soma, I'll be transferring parts from a 2005 Bianchi G.U.S.S. It's light, but I guess I'm a steel guy at heart. Can't beat the ride quality of steel.

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    yea I may be leary of a 'stiffer' steel.... sounds less compliant to me. The 631 feels good and seems plenty stiff for me and I'm not a light rider at 200lbs and I don't ride it gingerly either.... I basically ride it the same as my 4" Ventana... same small jumps (~1-2 feet)...The Soma climbs on the smooth stuff better though.

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    Good point

    Something to consider, especially since the 2005 frames are still available (but at no price reduction!)

    A few other questions that come to mind: did the frame come with chaintugs and are the rear brake posts removable?

    Thanks!

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    I'm not postive about either of those questions.

    I bought my bike used and it has a Surly chain tug. I would assume it does not come with a chain tug.

    My brake bosses are still in my frame on the back... but I haven't tried removing them. They don't bother me and don't get in the way.

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    Thanks again...

    Cool. Thanks again for the info!

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