FSA chainrings on Shimano cranks? But, what about the weight? Carbon fork, Ultegra wheels, ultegra components. Shaken down, the classic steel statements started to come to mind, but one sensation surprised me. In the end, it can be a racy endurance frame. Learn more about how we rate a bike’s condition to create this chart. I fly for a living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rivetrain, levers, cockpit, and suspension (where applicable) are in new condition. Your report of this review has been forwarded to our staff. These blogs are my challenge to improve by doing. [This model of the Smoothie is retired as of the end of 2020. The frame does a fantastic job of drowning out the chatter; making pockmarked roads feel more like freshly-laid tarmac and is definitely the most comfortable on test. I just ordered a Soma frame. There are no surprises here. [The test bike was built with a Kinesis carbon fork, Fulcrum 5 wheels, and a Shimano 105 gruppo, My first three “real” bikes were all steel, from a Shogun that got torn down within days to a Fiorelli Italian race bike with an ovalized headtube to a Reynolds 853 Lemond Zurich that got sold in a move. I’ve taken it on a few short rides on gravel and the frame really soaks up the rough stuff. Most bike manufacturers do not offer frames for adults who wish to ride the 700c wheelset with an effective top tube under 525mm. "absolutely a mid-70's Stevie Nicks-level gorgeous. Yes it works, and well. Contact our Ride Guides if you have any questions about the fit of your new bike. These bicycles are good as new, often built right out of the box from the manufacturer. - In Baja Blue, Headset: 1-1/8" (threadless external cup; SHIS: EC34/28.6 | EC34/30) Ground Shipping: $6.70 - FREE on orders over $150! Notice how I never said it would all be good, but Ima gonna try. If you are between sizes, we suggest sizing up. - 1-1/8" headtube (fits EC34/28.6|EC34/30 headsets) Swim, Always keep your measuring tape straight and parallel to the floor for more accurate results. I like creative things. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Lives up to it's name, this bike is as smooth as any carbon ride out there but with more of that lively steel feeling. + Read more Bras Have fun reading whatever it is I put up here. I want low rolling resistance. How was the ride? However, the back end, which come into play when pedaling hard, is fairly unbending.The front is more flexible side-to-side, although this only becomes noticeable when sprinting and even then not really to an annoying degree." Crank length: 172.5. I took it out for a longer ride on some rough chip seal roads in texas. I'm bang on 5'8" and have a cycling inseam around 31 inches. The semi-compact geometry allows for more standover clearance and fitting options, but we don't cheat you by only offering 5 sizes. This process is automatic. Geometry here. I almost went full custom ($1500-4000) until discovering SOMA Fabrications. Wear items — such as chains, brake pads, and tires — are replaced if they have less than 50 percent life. I find myself looking for compression cracks in the road and culvert dips to see how it responds with 700c/23 tires, and I remain impressed. -Parker, Urban Adventours, June 2012. I also felt like I rode on top of the bike. Tops So I'm thinking of a size 52 Soma. I had a frame with entirely new group set parts and an older bike that didn’t justify upgrading with those parts, besides, where would I put the old parts? Sleep This frame is billed as their steel race frame but it has more flexibility for fit and use: – Fender mounts if I choose: that’s WITH 28c tires. If it was indeed built for century rides and compact, relaxed geometry, then why would it fit only 23c tires? Compatible with downtube shifters. When purchasing a Miraclesuit® for the first time, many customers order a swimsuit in their usual pant size for the most comfortable fit. Not this guy. I have ridden many aluminum, steel and a few carbon bikes and this one compares very favorably. What about bikes rated 1-6? *Rates between 10-30% APR with a promotional rate of 0% APR for qualified customers. This bicycle has been professionally serviced by our mechanics. I measured most my bikes and they all are roughly 56cm ETT. Actual seat tube length is in parentheses. I do know the geometry of my road bike, it's right here. Soma: Model: Smoothie: Size: 58cm: Frame Material: Steel: Brakes: Shimano Ultegra 6800, Caliper - Side Pull: Weight: 19 lbs 2 oz Fork: ENVE Road, Carbon Fiber: Brakes: Shimano Ultegra 6800, Caliper - Side Pull: Shifters: Shimano Ultegra 6800, Mechanical: Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 6800: Rear Derailleur: Shimano Utegra 6800: Crankset That is the lightest I have seen without spending a thousand bucks, and this only costs  $400 retail. Any review on a Soma bike praises the fabulous ride and the capability their Prestige steel generates. When I talk about aluminum to people learning about frame materials, I use the reference to aluminum baseball bats and their twannngggg, but in reality the frames ride very well. http://lovelybike.blogspot.com/2012/06/soma-smoothie-impressionism.html. I have the rough drift blog of writing challenges that mostly only fit on hotel note pads, and the 40th chainring cycling blog that is semi-updated and hardly edited. Bottom bracket shell: 68mm wide, English threads I sold the CAAD. For this frame of reference, By the mid-nineties, the last steel frames racing in the world cup of cycling were just under twenty pounds. Why the Smoothie? I’m changing jobs and a great carbon race bike is not necessary. Bikes with suspension components have minor scuffs and scratches on the fork legs and shock, and the stanchions are immaculate. The chart below provides a general suggested height of range for Road Bike sizes and is not exact. Refunds will be issued in the form of store credit. If you are between sizes, we suggest sizing up. The tailoring of any bike is an important step in the long term enjoyment of riding and it can take time to adjust to the fit of a new bike. Being from Minneapolis one might ask "What about the likes of Surly or All City frames?" Quantities shown are for orders placed now. "The Soma Smoothie is an intriguing bike and I am grateful to have it at my disposal for long enough to truly get to know it. "lives up to it’s name. Sizing may vary across brands. I still want a sporty position but not downright criterium sprint. Every pre-owned bicycle we sell is serviced, inspected, and rated. Choose one of our retail stores to view only the products that are in stock at a particular store and available for pickup at this exact moment. The stanchions may have small scratches. I started with a CAAD9 aluminum race frame, a great frame, and found around 60 miles becomes buzzy and fatiguing. [])). Though Soma calls the Smoothie, made from highly desirable Tange Prestige tubing, a road-race frame, most racers today favor lighter and stiffer bikes (30 years ago the Smoothie would have been considered a top-level race bike). ... Hello Nick, mind if you clarify what frame size this Smoothie is?