Soulcraft Royale Road Bike

5/5 (1 Reviews)

Product Description

  • "Selectron" rider specific custom tubeset
  • Sloping top tube
  • Reinforced seat collar insert
  • Externally butted head tube
  • Singlespeed option

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter P. a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2013

Strengths:    Custom sizing and geometry. Sean Walling is willing to work with the customer on geometry tweaks. Forward facing seat tube slot and seat post gasket resist ingress of dirt and water. Oversized seat tube adds to frame stiffness, something very few other steel framebuilders offer. Frame and steel fork (if ordered) are built around maximum brake reach, for the widest selection of tire sizes. Frame is designed around a 28.6mm seatpost but is provided with a custom shim to accommodate a standard 27.2mm post as well. Coolest headbadge in the business! Lead times are listed on his web site, which is usually months, not years, and is updated regularly. His Facebook page is very active, giving you the impression that he's working hard to get frames out the door. The segmented steel fork he builds for the Royale is a work of TIG welded attractiveness. His welds are so tiny and smooth, a machinist friend couldn't believe they are unfinished welds, but they are!

Weaknesses:    Limited color selection. I wished the decals were under a clearcoat but that's not conducive to the type of decals used. Powdercoating inside some of the cable guides made inserting the cable ferrules difficult. I had to perform a little sanding inside the cable guides for an easier fit.

Bottom Line:   
I've been riding for almost 40 years and have owned my share of custom steel frames. I've seen the highs and lows available in both product and service. Sean Walling at Soulcraft runs a straightforward business. His website is thorough, detailed, and professional.

Although the website has a trick little feature where you can match the decals and frame colors offered to get an idea of what the finished frame might look like, the colors aren't the best representation. Check out the frames on the Soulcraft Facebook page for more accurate color renditions.

Sean was easy to work with, accommodating the specific geometry I had in mind. The frame rides straight, handles as expected, and is just and all around joy to ride.

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Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Direct From Soulcraf

Similar Products Used:   Richard Sachs, Bilenky, Rock Lobster

Bike Setup:   9 speed Shimano Ultegra STI, clinchers.

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