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Old 06-04-13, 12:03 PM   #1
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Need Quick Help: Soma San Marcos Deal?

Looking to upgrade my commuter. Based on these specs, would anyone with knowledge of this think $1300 is a good deal?

Rivendell/Soma San Marcos Frame - (frame size 54)
Crank - Velo-Orange Grand Cru (double, 30/46)
Wheels - Velocity
Tires - Jack Brown blue - (700x33.3)
Handlebar - Nitto Noodle
Stem - Nitto
Seat Post - Nitto
Cassette - Shimano - (9 speed, 12-36t)
Rear Derailleur - Shimano deore (I think)
Front Derailleur - Shimano
Saddle - Leather (Not Brooks, but not sure what it is?)
F/R Brakes - Paul
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Old 06-04-13, 12:15 PM   #2
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Yes, that's a great deal if everything works and the frame isn't damaged. The frame itself sells new for $950.
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Old 06-04-13, 12:54 PM   #3
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Thanks. It was built by a 'hobbyist' retiree who's built 2 or 3 bikes. He said he's only ridden a few times since he built another one that he prefers to ride. Everything seems to work properly though I'm sure it needs some tuning.
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That sounds awesome to me. As long as it fits, I'd say go for it!
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Grab it!

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You might need a bigger stem, though. That one is pretty tiny.
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'dja get it?!
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Lovely frame. I would love to own one.

You can get the frame as low as $750 at some Internet shops. But still you won't put the rest of it together for less than another $1k. You'd be scouring eBay to keep it below $2k for the whole thing.
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Yeah that's one sweet stem.

I can't imagine what the bike looks like that the guy prefers to ride!
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Going to take a second look today (with money in hand this time). So far it sounds like a 'no brainer' but this is a lot of money for me, so if anyone has additional encouragement or any concerns, I'm listening.
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If you plan on carrying a lot of cargo, you might double check the Rivendell description (if you haven't already) because I seem to remember the San Marcos being a very light tubed road-oriented bike....which may or may not be appropriate for commuting.
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If you plan on carrying a lot of cargo, you might double check the Rivendell description (if you haven't already) because I seem to remember the San Marcos being a very light tubed road-oriented bike....which may or may not be appropriate for commuting.
Thanks. "sport touring" is how they describe it. From the SOMA website: 'A fine ride on black top and smooth fire roads. While it is not designed for loaded touring, it will probably handle that type of duty even better than the Double Cross (which was Soma’s best choice for touring before the Saga came out).'
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If it fits and $1300 is in your budget, it sounds like a no-brainer to me. Based on the Rivendell description, it's basically designed for commuter-type duty. A lot of people on this site will be very envious!
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That would make a very nice commuter. Too nice for the way I use my commuter bikes, but very nice if you don't have to leave it unattended for a long time somewhere that isn't access restricted.
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That would make a very nice commuter. Too nice for the way I use my commuter bikes, but very nice if you don't have to leave it unattended for a long time somewhere that isn't access restricted.
Thanks everyone. I took the plunge. With everyone's input I realized what I was getting for such a good price. In addition to the specs above, I've learned that it has a Thomas Berthoud saddle and Paul thumbies. It had to easily have been over $2000 to put this thing together and it is practically brand new. I get the sense the guy never rode it other than to test drive it after he put it all together. It's in better shape than some 'new' bikes is see in a LBS.

My office is in a suburban office park away from others. No sidewalk traffic and we have security guards and cameras all around, so hopefully I'll be okay from a theft perspective. It is a bit overkill perhaps for a strict commuter, but I'm thinking/hoping that it will be the multi-purpose bike I need. Fast and comfortable for a 30 mile r/t commute, sturdy enough for light touring on occassion, and the perfect ride to get me to my goal of completing my first century.
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Man, great find! I'd say install a rack and fenders and retape the bars right away (the bar tape is a little cool just because it's so unique, but you can't use the drops). And then show some pictures!
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Man, great find! I'd say install a rack and fenders and retape the bars right away (the bar tape is a little cool just because it's so unique, but you can't use the drops). And then show some pictures!
Thanks! Yep, going to move my rack and fenders over from my other bike today.
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Great score. You done well.
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