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    Idealistic Troublemaker bjorke's Avatar
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    Pic: Mercier Nano v SOMA Mini-Velo

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    Ha! How do you choose which to ride?!
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    Damn smexy rides!!!
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    Nice Bikes.

    Are those 451 wheels on the Soma? They look slightly larger than the ones on the Nano.

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    Idealistic Troublemaker bjorke's Avatar
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    Yes, as seen more-clearly in this neighboring thread: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-v-Bike-Friday


    SOMA Mini-Velo v Mercier Nano
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    Quote Originally Posted by bjorke View Post
    Thanks for the link.

    The Alton Fixie has that size wheels and I don't have any experience with 451 so am curious about tire choices, ride quality and such.

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    Idealistic Troublemaker bjorke's Avatar
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    I like 451's, though the SOMA's tire are ~65psi (Kenda) while my Friday runs ~110psi (Schwalbe Durano). The Nano's wider tire has more "bite" and is closer to a cruiser or bmx. I'll probably swap-out the SOMA's tires sooner or later to a higher-pressure version. Frustratingly I'm in a huge work crunch this week so have been challenged on having time to put the mini through her paces properly! And traveling on the weekend. Maybe I'll get a good ride by the time the San Francisco "Tour de Fat" comes 'round
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    Quote Originally Posted by bjorke View Post
    I like 451's, though the SOMA's tire are ~65psi (Kenda) while my Friday runs ~110psi (Schwalbe Durano). The Nano's wider tire has more "bite" and is closer to a cruiser or bmx. I'll probably swap-out the SOMA's tires sooner or later to a higher-pressure version. Frustratingly I'm in a huge work crunch this week so have been challenged on having time to put the mini through her paces properly! And traveling on the weekend. Maybe I'll get a good ride by the time the San Francisco "Tour de Fat" comes 'round
    Thanks for your reply. I can identify with your frustration about work and not being able to ride. I have a brand new Alton Fixie at home that I have only ridden for about an hour. I got in on a flight late last Friday and left very early that saturday. Still have an other week on the road before I can go home.

    My Alton came with 100 psi Kendas and they ride very nice. I was actually surprised how fast the little bike feels, but such a short ride whilst a bit jet lagged is not a very reliable test.

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    Idealistic Troublemaker bjorke's Avatar
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    I've been riding the Nano the past couple of days. I have to say that straight out of the box (so far, the only upgrade is brake pads) the bike feels planted on the road like no other. I don't think it's that fast but I feel like it is just such a little hammer. In a good way. The Soma much lighter, more balanced, but the Nano feels like it could take on the world. I may end up a BMX rider yet.
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    Are these bikes available in different sizes? I'd sure love to see a 451 mixte.

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    Quote Originally Posted by social suicide View Post
    Are these bikes available in different sizes? I'd sure love to see a 451 mixte.

    This one and this one. Don't know if it is 451 or 406 though.
    Last edited by rex615; 09-20-12 at 04:35 PM.

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    both appear to use 406

    there are probably others in .jp, wouldn't surprise me at all

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