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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 10-18-08, 11:25 PM   #1
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Soma Rush, Steamroller.. Which to Buy

I want to upgrade from my conversion and wonder if anyone has ridden both of these and what would you get. I could wait and maybe afford a Bare Knuckle but sooner is better.
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Old 10-19-08, 01:00 AM   #2
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Old 10-19-08, 01:25 AM   #3
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Steamroller is heavier and burlier, more road-bike feel, with room for bigger tires and fenders. Rush is a steep-geometry track frame, much lighter and 'swift' feeling, the tubing is light and springy so it's a bit nicer on rough roads than the geo would lead you to believe

Very different bikes - pick what you want, comfy and practical or zippy and quick
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Old 10-19-08, 02:03 AM   #4
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i loved my soma rush it was nice a quick, pretty light to
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Old 10-19-08, 04:33 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info. I was picking 2 frames that were close in price. I am thinking zippy and quick is a good thing.
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Old 10-19-08, 04:35 AM   #6
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i loved my soma rush it was nice a quick, pretty light to
Did you get something better to replace your Rush or just something different?
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Old 10-20-08, 03:34 PM   #7
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soma rush definitely.....lighter steel....best taiwan bike out there.....save your money for that bareknuckle though...its only like 2-3 hundred more...or maybe a torelli corsa pista(which is what im investing in) or a marinoni....italian steel baby....f anthything else(cept keirin)
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Old 10-20-08, 04:04 PM   #8
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marinoni is canadian.
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Old 10-20-08, 04:51 PM   #9
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PS I test rode a Steamroller and built a Rush, owned it for over a year
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im looking at a rush now too, but i have a dilemma: bikeisland.com SE premium brew frame for $300 w/ fork or soma rush frame for $400 w/ out fork. also ill probably be using the bike i build w/ the frame for my main transportation around town, everyday use on roads, etc. etc.
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Old 10-20-08, 05:49 PM   #11
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I've been riding the Soma for a few months now and I must say I greatly enjoy the ride-- the geometry is steep and it feels quick, but with the right setup it deals pretty well with the rough roads.. I can't say I've ridden the steamroller for comparison, however.
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Old 10-20-08, 06:11 PM   #12
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I have a Rush and am loving it. It eats up the potholes in Tucson. Never rode a steamroller though.
I have received a lot of good comments on it from other riders as well.
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i have 2 rushes!
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Old 10-20-08, 07:46 PM   #14
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so, would i be able to use my bulletproof crank set on a soma rush? i tried to figure out but the different bb lengths and such made my head spin.
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I want a rush too
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I like having a relaxed geometry, beater bike (Steamroller) and a nicer track geometry bike (Broakland Pipe Bomb) because some days I want to ride really aggressive and sometimes I want a more relaxed ride where I can get away with being sloppier. You can't get away with as much on a track geometry bike and it requires more focus (at least for me but I'm still getting used to the Pipe Bomb) but sometimes that really great.
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Go with an Alien, seems like these bikes get no love in the fixed gear community but personally I think they look amazing. I have not ridden one but might get one for next summer.
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Buy my Sanchez.
dammit, it's perfect but i have no money ;_;
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