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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 11-05-07, 07:17 AM   #1
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Lug Appreciation Pics o' the week, part 2

Soulcraft, ( http://www.soulcraftbikes.com/index.asp ) the brainchild of 2 former Salsa employees, have been building frames essentially since Salsa was sold to a group of investors. Now, the company is down to 1, Sean Walling. The occasional guest builder in the shop, Ross Shafer, who still enjoys "dabbling" and lugs and such fullfills his own need to be creative with metal. Shafer, also a musician, dabbles in other such crafts as guitar making and crafting high end guitar amps. ( http://six-ninedesign.com/ )
Since Walling was primarily a Tig Welder for Salsa, he wanted to offer a limited edition lugged frame, built by Shafer under the Soulcraft banner, hence the Alma Pura was born. A fixed gear/single speed road bike, the Alma Pura is a clean, well designed frame. The short point lug shorlines are crisp and well crafted.

Ross has been building frames since the mid 70s. He was a fixture at the old Interbike shows in Southern California (and in Vegas until the sale of Salsa) and an innovator that had paved the way for many improvements in the cycling industry and framebuilding specifically. The frame is signed on the toptube with Ross' nickname, "Scoboni".

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The dropouts are Paragon Machine Works, with a relieved face. Arent they HOT???
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Old 11-05-07, 09:50 AM   #3
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drop out angle looks odd.. almost like the bike has 'variable geometry'.
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drop out angle looks odd.. almost like the bike has 'variable geometry'.
Its just a camera angle issue. The dropout on the full side view is parallel with the ground.

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Nice exposure. Did they call you for a quote? Do you think this will boost attendance? I love seeing bike culture articles in such a widely read paper like the NYT.
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Can i post pics in your thread?

Can other people post pics in your thread?

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In this case, I just want to learn more exclusive information about the bike above.


There are two sticky threads for bike pics. I like threads like this (similar to your Tokyo Bikes thread) where you see things you can't see on Google image search. Not to mention the poor discriptions on Flickr, etc.


I love threads like this. They feed my bike obsession.
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any chance we could get some pics of the full bike? I'm loving everything but that stem.
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any chance we could get some pics of the full bike? I'm loving everything but that stem.
There's a link in the post and it has quite a few pics of the bike. There are more pics on the site. Theyre not hotlinked but if you open them in their own window theyll be bigger.

http://www.soulcraftbikes.com/frames.asp?frameId=7


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Nice exposure. Did they call you for a quote? Do you think this will boost attendance? I love seeing bike culture articles in such a widely read paper like the NYT.

Yes, they called. We ended up chatting for almost an hour. Guess nothing I said was "quote-worthy" tho.

Thanks for taking note.

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any chance we could get some pics of the full bike? I'm loving everything but that stem.
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are they relevant to the subject? are you just being mischeivous?

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are they relevant to the subject? are you just being mischeivous?

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Yes they are and no im not.
I only posted one.
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Thanks. posted before exploring all the links.
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I think I'm hard-wired to gag at the sight of positive rise.

Other than that though, gorgeous.
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Beautiful lugs, but I prefer the forged and polished stems of yore.
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in my dream stable i think i'd have a soulcraft SS 29er
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yea..not feelin' that stem AT ALL
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Nice, but I really liked the one from last time better. Not only liked it more, I literally admired the work that went into that one. It was a Della Santa with beautiful little red details. Lovely.
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it would look so nice with different wheels and a new stem. why positive rise?
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Will the real builder, please stand up!

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Sean Walling and bike.

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No pix of the of the "real" builder, the original Chile Man? Mr. Shafer.
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No pix of the of the "real" builder, the original Chile Man? Mr. Shafer.
Ross was absent from "school" during picture day....

Sorry.

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Positive rise was probably the customers request, more comfortable for long distance or maybe just a bad back.
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