Hybrid Bicycles - Soma ES hybrid/flat-bar road bike
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02-23-12, 06:09 PM
I've owned and ridden hybrids since 1995 and I'm a big fan of the category. I've been thinking about building up a decent quality steel hybrid and during my research I came upon a photo of a Soma ES set up like a hybrid. This picture was on Soma's website at one time but I don't see it now. Has anyone else seen other photos of this bike and does anyone have higher resolution images? For whatever reason, this set-up just speaks to me. It's techincally a sport road bike but with clearance for 700c x 28 tires with fenders and in this configuration, I would consider it a "sport hybrid", much like Trek FX series. I would like some better pictures including views from different angles to add to my working build folder for inspiration.
02-23-12, 08:09 PM
Before that guy comes in here touting Jamis, why not try Jamis? They are steel-framed hybrids.
Yeah, we have some Jamis touters here but I would second the recommendation for a Jamis Coda. It's offered in a variety of models depending on what spec you want and would be a lot cheaper than custom building a Soma from scratch. Nothing wrong with the Soma though if you have the money to spend and want something unique.
02-24-12, 05:40 PM
I'm actually looking for pictures primarily for ideas about components, color etc.. I plan to retro-fit an old Trek hybrid model that I've been riding for over 15 years. It's rideable now so I can gradually update as I get the money for specific components. The biggest issue is that I weigh over 375 lbs and my first upgrade is going to be a custom built wheelset. I also want something unique so buying a whole bike isn't that appealing right now.
02-24-12, 08:20 PM
I think if you have the time, patience, and the money. Nothing could compare to custom building your own Bike.
02-25-12, 05:15 AM
Here's another Soma ES built up into a hybrid. http://schwabcycles.com/about/bikes-5-ig339/richards-soma-es-330.htm
02-25-12, 09:10 AM
Nice! Thanks for posting that one!
02-25-12, 08:51 PM
The only problem with building hybrids out of road frames is usually relatively short ETT. For example FX and Bad Boy have MTB based geometry with longer ETT.
I had an experiense with transforming my wife's Fuji Roubaix Pro (Reynolds 853) into the hybrid (road bike with flat bar) and I remember I needed an extra long stem to correct geometry.
(I reversed it back to road bike later)
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