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Old 04-09-14, 12:06 PM   #426
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BTW, those decals are removable.

I think Soma did a good job at keeping them classy (as they have in the past) but it's cool to have the option.
I like them and don't plan on removing them, just like I didn't remove them on my first Rush.

I would have preferred they had kept the bottle mounts on the DT, however.
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Old 04-14-14, 11:42 AM   #427
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You know, if you get to work & finish it quick, unless somebody at Soma built themselves one...you might have the very first completed chrome Rush in the whole world
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You know, if you get to work & finish it quick, unless somebody at Soma built themselves one...you might have the very first completed chrome Rush in the whole world
Can't quite finish it yet. Threaded steerer cutting guide tool not due until Thursday and need to go to lbs to get one more tube, but should be finished by this weekend. Meanwhile, I've made some progress:

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You sure do love two wheeled vehicles.
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You sure do love two wheeled vehicles.
Yes, I certainly do. Four wheel vehicles are just practical transport and I find them rather boring. Two wheels OTOH, are pure joy and sport.

Anyways, more pics. This is about as far as I can go at this time. Also, I made a mistake and won't be able to use the Dirty Harry brake lever I got from RG, because the Nitto riser bars are 24mm at the grips, instead of the 22.2mm I was expecting. The weld joint between the seatstay and dropout is a disappointment with a big blob of weld instead of the smooth filed finish of my old Rush. Seems like the finishing details on the new Rush are not as nice as the old ones. The chrome plate is well done, however.

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Old 04-17-14, 01:59 PM   #433
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Well, it's done. It's raining right now so I'm not going to ride it and get it all dirty, but took a few pics to show how it came out. I decided not to cut down the steerer tube right now, so that I've got more options with stem height.



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Frameset: 2014 Soma Rush all chrome 49cm
Headset: Tange Levin NJS 1" threaded
Wheelset: Velo Orange Grand Cru track and Velox cloth rim tape
Tires: Panaracer Pasela PT folding, 700x28c front and 700x32c rear
Tubes: 700c x 28-32mm x 32mm PV
Cog: All-City stainless steel 18T x 1/8" with RG Steel Reserve stainless steel lockring
Crankset: Sugino Mighty road 165mm vintage 1970s crank arms with 44Tx1/8" chainring and Sugino 75 dust caps
Bottom Bracket: Sugino BB-7420 103mm JIS and Sugino chrome 15mm bolts
Chain: Miche Pista 1/8" and KMC K710 half-link
Pedals: MKS Urban Platform - silver
Toe Clips: MKS steel chrome - medium
Straps: Toshi Deluxe single - white
Seatpost: Velo Orange Grand Cru
Saddle: Brooks Team Pro Classic - honey
Handlebar: Nitto B260-AA riser - silver
Grips: OURY - muddy light brown
Stem: Nitto Dynamic quill, 25.4mm bar clamp, 90mm length
Brake: Tektro R540 caliper - silver and Tektro RL720 24mm right cross lever - black, Jagwire cable and housing
Water Bottle Cage: Andrews King Cage welded stainless steel tubing

Weight as pictured minus RG water bottle: 19.5 lbs.
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Old 04-17-14, 02:14 PM   #434
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I'm very fond of this.
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Well, finally the sun came out and I had a chance to ride this beauty. The only adjustment that was needed was to tilt the nose of the Brooks saddle up a bit more. I almost dumped it making a u-turn when I forgot that a fat front tire plus toe clips means a lot more toe overlap. The mid 60s gearing is perfect for this more casual setup.

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Old 04-18-14, 11:45 AM   #438
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Sweet build Tejano. I mocked up a very similar component list when I first saw the new 2014 Rush frame for a future build, hopefully once I start making some extra money I can put it together.

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The only adjustment that was needed was to tilt the nose of the Brooks saddle up a bit more.

I am a sucker for chrome bikes and mostly love your build, not to mention that seeing how great it looks makes it difficult to fight the impulse to snatch up one of those frames.

But your 1st pic demonstrates one of the reasons why I never liked Brooks saddles all that much. I am sorry but I find the nose pointed at the sky like that unattractive. I understand that may be how one needs to set a Brooks for comfort, but to me it is simply the reverse of guys pointing their saddles down for their comfort and they get mocked.

Why is one kind of odd saddle angle OK, while another is fodder for riducule?

BTW...how long you planning to keep that black brake lever
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Bump. Rotated the bar forward about 5 degrees. Just an excuse to post another picture.

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Bump. I've cut down the brake housing so it no longer rubs on the front of the stem and allows a clear view of the Soma headbadge when viewed from the front. It also makes the brake cable operation smoother.

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Bump. Just trying to keep this thread on page 1 of SSFG. Anyone else built up a chrome Rush yet ?
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I've been close to pulling the trigger, love the threaded look
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What are you waiting for, just do it !!!!
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Bump. Added a pivot bell.

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I think I might have an extra silver, right handed Tektro lever if you want.

It's kinda bugging me on your otherwise clean ride. PM me. Might take me a few days to swap out the extra black one I have.
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The build turned out awesome TT.

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I think I might have an extra silver, right handed Tektro lever if you want.

It's kinda bugging me on your otherwise clean ride. PM me. Might take me a few days to swap out the extra black one I have.
Thanks for the offer, but I've already got a silver lever that's currently mounted on my Vilano that I could use if I wanted to. The problem is that although the lever is silver, the clamp and barrel adjuster are still black, which IMO looks even worse. Since the cable housing is also black, I think the all black lever looks better and less obvious in this case, so I'm going to leave it as is, especially now that I've added a black bell on the other side of the riser bar.
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The build turned out awesome TT.

drooling a little
Thanks ! I'm very pleased, myself. It also rides like a dream.
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