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Old 12-13-09, 02:24 AM   #1
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Soma Fabrications, good parts?

I'm looking to build up a Surly Streamroller. Was thinking about building up with Soma parts --- in particular -- the Soma Hellyer crankset. How good are their products? I'm not looking for anything fancy but I don't want parts to fail. I'm commuting a little over 10 miles daily --- and would like to make this my winter machine (throw on some beefy studds!). Any opinions on Soma (or other cranksets under $150) would greatly be appreciated.
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I got a Sugino RD on my bike. Not to shabby and with a cheap price.
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Old 12-13-09, 02:47 AM   #3
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I've read the RDs have chainline issues. Has this been fixed?
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It isn't an issue per se, other than there is no BB that I know of that gives the RD an exactly perfect chainline with the ring where it belongs. I mean, if a 103 won't do it, what will?

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fan of Soma's stuff. have some brake levers, bars, and a frame. not seen the cranks in person.
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Soma parts are fine, but generally they are overpriced. Look around. You can usually find Soma stuff for cheaper than what they sell it in their website. $165 for those cranks is absurd.
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How are their forks? I'm currently looking for a fork right now, and I was looking at this. http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...9&category=704
I was also thinking about Nash Bars Carbon Fiber Fork. The only problem is that I wanted the fork to be in form. So, It can be aesthetically pleasing.
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Consider the rake--- I doubt the Nashbar has a rake of 38----

I ride the Soma fork. It is fine-- standard steel fork. Keep in mind that it is Infinity--- not Prestige.

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I was also thinking about Nash Bars Carbon Fiber Fork. The only problem is that I wanted the fork to be in form. So, It can be aesthetically pleasing.
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soma makes some pretty shameless knockoffs
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How are their forks? I'm currently looking for a fork right now, and I was looking at this. http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...9&category=704
I was also thinking about Nash Bars Carbon Fiber Fork. The only problem is that I wanted the fork to be in form. So, It can be aesthetically pleasing.
I have that exact fork. I even bought if from universal. I have no complaints. However, if you want a showroom finish chrome-job I would look elsewhere.
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Old 12-13-09, 07:36 PM   #11
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soma makes some pretty shameless knockoffs
Aside from their saddles, what are they knocking off? I'd be interested in some of those parts in their original form.
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soma makes some pretty shameless knockoffs
says the guy who rides a leader.

soma is good stuff in my book. I've always liked the Rush frameset, and the hellyer cranks are really cool looking. I have actually seen some on a steamroller that had a really cool retro look. go for it! RD sucks the big one...
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Old 12-13-09, 07:52 PM   #13
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get omniums. bb and hella good cranks for 165 from bike island
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I have that exact fork. I even bought if from universal. I have no complaints. However, if you want a showroom finish chrome-job I would look elsewhere.
What other fork would you suggest?
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says the guy who rides a leader.
says the guy with a cat as his avatar. what does a leader have to do with anything?

anyways, yeah their seats (ie. their knockoff flite, turbo and regal) but they also did a rx-1 knockoff as well as promax hub knockoffs
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also never said i liked the leader so...
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because leaders look like knockoff FTP's and pista concepts
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I'm a knockoff all the previous humans before me. Criminy
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I'm a knockoff all the previous humans before me. Criminy
As long as you're not a cheap knockoff of a cheap product, you should be OK.
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What other fork would you suggest?
There's really nothing wrong with the fork itself other than some small blemishes in the chrome job (and the stickers are under the clear coat). I am sorry I wasn't more specific. I would recommend this fork for the price.
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I'd rather have a cat as my avatar than a Leader. Just sayin'...
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you leave junebug outta this, pyrate!
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Everthing that soma has brought to the market 3 years ago is being "knocked off" by ALL CITY.

Soma does a great job, and they've taken the risk way sooner than most fixster companies have
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I go to Soma when I can't find what I'm looking for from Salsa. Perfectly serviceable, acceptably soze-proof.
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Everthing that soma has brought to the market 3 years ago is being "knocked off" by ALL CITY.

Soma does a great job, and they've taken the risk way sooner than most fixster companies have
pretty sure all city and soma are just buying from the same taiwanese factory and having their own logos on them
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