Soma Fabrications Speedster Frames

DESCRIPTION

Specifications
• Lugged Tange Prestige heat-treated butted CrMo steel; butted CrMo rear end (On 52cm frames the seat tube/seatstay juncture is welded)

• Road sport geometry

• Chromed headtube lugs

• Rear rack & fender mounts

• Includes Tange lugged crown steel fork with fork tip eyelets

• 1-1/8" size headtube

• 27.2mm seatpost size

• Max tire size: 32c

• Requires 57mm reach road brakes

• 5 sizes: 52cm to 60cm

• Paint: Red Garnet

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 31, 2008]
Anonymous
Commuter

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Steel, but not too flexy.
Great looks.
Stable but not slow geometry.
Can attach whatever accessories you need.

Weakness:

None, really. Some people might want a taller head tube, but that's what spacers are for. More colors might be nice. Or a chromed/polished SS BB shell to really bling it out...

I am a daily commuter and avid recreational cyclist. I've put in 250-300 miles a week on this frame over the past year, so you can consider this a review by someone who has lived with this frame.

First off, it has classic, comfortable geometry. It's not lazy, though - it handles quick, but predictable. It's not twitchy at all, and is one of the best descending bikes I've ever rode.

Although it's steel, it does not have a noodle-like amount of flex - it's comfortable and forgiving, but climbs well. Best of both worlds.

I've ridden a number of centuries on it, and commute in all but winter conditions on it, and it's never let me down.

The lug work is beautiful, the paint is a great color and doesn't chip too easily, and the decals have an understated elegance. It's modern, but will please the retrogrouches as well.

So, if you want a great steel century bike that's a good touring/commuting platform, this is it. Takes rack/fenders/panniers and looks awesome doing it. Best value in top-shelf lugged steel out there.

Similar Products Used:

Several steel century/touring bikes, Lyons, some Merckx...

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