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Old 03-06-11, 05:35 PM   #1
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My new commuter/utility/city bike-Soma Buena Vista with Nuvinci hub

I finally got it together. "It" being the new mixte bike. Based on the Soma Buena Vista frame it's a mixte design made of Tange Prestige tubing. I wanted an IGH drivetrain and found that the new lighter weight Nuvinci hub provided what I .think is the best value on the market. Today was the first real ride I took on the finished bike and my immediate reaction is wow...OMG...wow!
The combination of the sporty geomety of the Soma frame, the 650b tires and the gearless Nuvinci hub have created a responsive, fast and light city bike which promises years of pleasurable bopping around town.
The bike is a compilation of parts I selected from Soma, Rivendell, Velo-Orange and the local LBS. Basically, everybody got into my pocket a little bit.
The first ride was like nothing I have ever experienced. The Nuvinci hub works so smoothly that there is never any break in pedaling cadence. It is an entirely intuitive experience, constantly adjusting, rather than shifting to meet the needs of the pedaling resistance. There is an indicator which serves no real practical purpose since there are no specific gears to indicate. I referred to it at stop signs to give me a starting point, but once moving, the adjustment is made entirely by feel.
There are a lot of components on this bike that I have never used and during the next few days my blog will include more detailed information on those and why, after 40 years of experience on city streets, I chose them.
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Old 03-06-11, 06:45 PM   #2
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Philip Seymour Hoffman??? Is that you?

Where did you get the Nuvinci hub? Does it come in 130mm spacing? Did you buy just the hub and built it up or did you buy the wheel whole? How much was it?

Nuvinci and no break in pedaling cadence sounds like real progress.
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Old 03-06-11, 07:14 PM   #3
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The Nuvinci Hub and shifter were less than $300. I had wheels built up for it.

http://simplecycle-marc.blogspot.com...-are-done.html

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How's the ride quality of the mixte frame? Is it comfortable over potholes and frost cracks? Much frame flex at all? I'm considering replacing the rigid, tooth-loosening aluminum igh bike that I currently have with one of these.
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Oh, suh-weet! That there is a sharp build. Hell - I did not even know that SoMA built mixtes.
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How's the ride quality of the mixte frame? Is it comfortable over potholes and frost cracks? Much frame flex at all? I'm considering replacing the rigid, tooth-loosening aluminum igh bike that I currently have with one of these.
The ride quality is excellent. I am running 34mm 650b tires and those contribute but it would feel like silk after that aluminum frame. My winter bike is a Jamis Commuter and there is no comparison.

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Old 03-09-11, 08:33 AM   #7
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cool, i wanted one of those. unfortunately, soma only sells frames and building a frame up can be an expensive proposition.
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Really nice build - great looking bike.
I am eager to hear more about the new & improved NuVinci hub as time goes on. It looks pretty intriguing.
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Loving these Soma Buena Vista mixte builds. I think this is the direction I need to go.
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I'm kinda crushing on that front rack
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