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Old 02-02-12, 12:52 PM   #151
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New Bars

Check these out. Pretty nice for anybody who want to run road brakes on a track frame. Or not.

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Old 02-02-12, 12:52 PM   #152
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http://somafab.blogspot.com/2012/01/...s-at-soma.html
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Old 02-02-12, 06:28 PM   #153
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I got some of their 456 track drops recently. Very comfortable and they have a nice finish. They're steel though so they're heavier than I hoped.
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Old 02-05-12, 11:30 AM   #154
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How it has been set up for the most part.

and how it is now

the bar ends are super comfy to use, though kinda ugly
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Old 02-05-12, 12:04 PM   #155
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drops all the way.
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Old 02-16-12, 01:56 PM   #156
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I wrapped up my drop bars yesterday so I finally completed the set

The barrel adjuster (I believe that's what it's called) from my front brake hits my downtube when the front wheel swings around. This isn't a problem with the bullhorns because the bars come in contact with the toptube before this happens. I'm not sure how to deal with this so I have the brake off for now.

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Old 02-16-12, 02:43 PM   #157
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It looks good, its nice that you have enough stems for that. >:|

For the brake issue, just put a strip of tape on the downtube so it doesn't chip the paint.

Or just let it chip, that's what I would do :|
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Old 02-16-12, 02:45 PM   #158
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Took off all of the decals; I think it looks a lot better. Oh, and new Exustar straps.



Getting a black rim for the back soon, just waiting for the shop to get one in.


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Old 02-20-12, 09:28 PM   #159
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Im thinking about buying a Soma frame but was wondering if there were any problems with the dropouts and BB threading?
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Old 02-20-12, 11:49 PM   #160
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This all has pretty well convinced me my next frame will be a Rush... whenever that happens.
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Anyone have an original 51cm Pake with 1 inch headtube?

What are it's dimensions?
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@TT and Epicschwinn

Either of you guys experiencing paint chipping beneath/around the seatpost binder bolt? Also curious if this occurs with constant use? I've switched seatposts a couple times and have taken it out few more times to put on/remove a seatpost mounted bottle rack. On a couple longer rides I notice my seatpost lower by a couple millimeters, so I readjust the post and tighten the bolt. Not sure if the paint just chips a little easily or if I'm overtightening (probably most likely). I chipped a little paint off my chainstay when I hit it with a wrench when I was checking my chain tension and I felt the like the paint came off a little easily, so that's why I ask.

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Old 02-22-12, 07:35 AM   #163
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Either of you guys experiencing paint chipping beneath/around the seatpost binder bolt? Also curious if this occurs with constant use? I've switched seatposts a couple times and have taken it out few more times to put on/remove a seatpost mounted bottle rack. On a couple longer rides I notice my seatpost lower by a couple millimeters, so I readjust the post and tighten the bolt. Not sure if the paint just chips a little easily or if I'm overtightening (probably most likely). I chipped a little paint off my chainstay when I hit it with a wrench when I was checking my chain tension and I felt the like the paint came off a little easily, so that's why I ask.
This has not been my experience with the khaki green paint, but I've only installed the seatpost once and it has never slipped. If your seatpost is slipping, it may be too loose and you are bending the seat lug when you overtighten it. I have not had any paint chipping problems anywhere else on the frame either, and it has been subjected to the normal mild abuse of accidentally bumping into things, leaning against other bikes etc. IME paint chipping like you describe is the result of a faulty paint job, and may vary from frame to frame. One thing for sure, the paint job on my Rush is equal or better than my other steel frames such as the Kilo WT and Salsa Casseroll.
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Anyone have an original 51cm Pake with 1 inch headtube?

What are it's dimensions?
I have exactly that. I believe that the geometry is the same as it is now. I am pretty sure they havent really changed much in terms of geometry since they opened except for changing the headtube size to 1 1/8 and removing the water bottle bosses. but i will double check when I get home later in the week
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Old 02-22-12, 12:52 PM   #165
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I'll take a picture of it when I get home, but just for reference, the paint around beneath/around my seatpost binder bolt is starting to look like this:
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Old 02-22-12, 02:28 PM   #166
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@TT and Epicschwinn

Either of you guys experiencing paint chipping beneath/around the seatpost binder bolt? Also curious if this occurs with constant use? I've switched seatposts a couple times and have taken it out few more times to put on/remove a seatpost mounted bottle rack. On a couple longer rides I notice my seatpost lower by a couple millimeters, so I readjust the post and tighten the bolt. Not sure if the paint just chips a little easily or if I'm overtightening (probably most likely). I chipped a little paint off my chainstay when I hit it with a wrench when I was checking my chain tension and I felt the like the paint came off a little easily, so that's why I ask.
No issues with paint chipping so far - especially not to the extent of the pic you posted (no pun intended. get it? posted? seat post? yeah. nvm.) Only paint chips I have so far is one under the top tube from dropping a nut while installing cranks and one on the chainstay from running a 53t chainring that clears by 1mm.

I have noticed the seatpost slippage issue though. I use a very small amount of lithium grease when installing it so I'll blame it on that and the fact that it's a polished post. I also don't like to crank the binder bolt down with an iron fist because I've heard too many horror stories of what happens when you break or strip one. I don't think any of the slippage is a result of bad design by Soma or anything.

@CharneK - I'm absolutely in love with my Rush frame. If you've got the time and money for a build, get a Rush. You won't regret it.
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Old 02-22-12, 03:23 PM   #167
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I couldn't get it to focus any better, but here's the driveside shot where the paint is coming off:


Here's the non-driveside for reference. Notice how the paint creates a sort of lip as if the paint was soft and got pushed out.
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Old 03-02-12, 10:07 PM   #168
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just finished my Soma Van Ness build: Origin8 cranks, Velocity B43s laced to Formulas, Brooks saddle, Origin8 headset, and the handlebars came off a 1985 Huffy 626. this is my 3rd build and by far the smoothest bike I've ever owned.
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With that frame, you should have went with a more "classic" look and some different components. All the colors don't do that frame any justice. However, it IS your bike and you can do whatever you want with it. So I'm glad you like it! I've been wanting a Soma for a while now.

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Old 03-03-12, 02:20 AM   #170
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Better than Soma = Torelli.



Way more (I think) but you just so much more bike/style imo
Sherblock, do you know which frame this is? Corsa Strada? I wonder if they still make it with horizontal dropouts + derailleur mount.
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Old 03-03-12, 06:23 AM   #171
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screw you guys, no one Bundys throwawayington! seriously, though, I like this bike. I know the color scheme isn't ideal, I took these parts off a conversion I built that had a turquoise frame, so the loud colors worked really well, I just couldn't pass up a Van Ness for $300 and used what I had available. Right now I'm broke, but once I have the money I plan on changing everything to a chrome and green color scheme (to match the brooks).
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...I plan on changing everything to a chrome and green color scheme (to match the brooks).
green leather bartape

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Yup! Silver deep Vs and cranks plus green leather bar tape is the plan.
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Sherblock, do you know which frame this is? Corsa Strada? I wonder if they still make it with horizontal dropouts + derailleur mount.
I just grabbed it off of google images. Sorry.
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