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Old 03-15-15, 06:26 PM   #1
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Suggestions for something similar to SOMA DeLancey or Van Ness frame??

I did a build back in 2007 with a SOMA DeLancey and LOVED it. Ended up selling it 6 months later (got married) and now am looking to do another similar build. It appears SOMA no longer produces the DeLancey or the similar Van Ness. Is there anything similar out there that anyone can recommend for a frame / frameset purchase?

Here is my DeLancey build with photos for comparison ... thanks for any help.

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* Soma Delancey frame/fork 52cm (all steel)
* Mavic Open Pro 32h rims 700 - silver
* Phil Wood Hubs - flip flop rear
* Sugino 75 46t 170mm cranks
* White Industries ENO 17t freewheel
* Shimano 17t fixed gear track cog
* Thomson seatpost - silver
* Thomson stem - silver
* Nitto Bullhorn handlebars - silver
* Chris King Headset - polished silver
* Shimano Chain
* Sugino bottom bracket & cups
* Nitto "R" water bottle cages
* Brooks Swift saddle - titanium rails - honey
* Ardvark Brooks saddle cover
* Brooks leather bar tape - honey
* Brooks Challenge seat bag - honey
* Front inverse brake lever - black (being replaced with SOMA front inverse brake lever - silver)
* Ultegra front brake caliper
* Stainless steel water bottles
* Bar plugs - expandable - silver
* Japanese brass bell - headset mount

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Old 03-16-15, 02:09 PM   #2
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Off the top of my head:

Cinelli Gazzetta - no lugs, but a nice steel frame
Kilo Team/Deluxe TT - probably your best bet for a lower cost frame with lugs (Team) or chromed bits (Deluxe TT)
Colossi Zapp Track - lugged frame, looks really nice in photos, but I've never seen one in person
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Actually, the question becomes...when you say you want something like your old DeLancey - Do you mean lugs? Chrome lugs? The somewhat roadish geometry? All of the above?
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If your intent is to build something as stunning as that DeLancey, you may consider a Mercian. You can get lugs and whatever geometry you want.
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Wabi Cycles Special fixed gear bike specs
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I think I remember reading that you can special order custom colors. He may be able to chrome the lugs too. Give Richard a call and see what he can do. Worst thing he can do is say no.

I'm still in awe that you sold that DeLancy in the first place. That was a real keeper.
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This Waterford T22 may blow your budget, but you will have the nicest looking fixie in the neighborhood.
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Here's a DeLancey if you can make a 54 work
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Here's a DeLancey if you can make a 54 work
Sonuva***** - that's a Maxway frame...



OP...your old bike was a 52 right? I have NOS one in gloss black with a straight-leg fork but no chrome, cable guides, or bottle bosses that I've been hoarding "just in case". I might be persuaded to part with it if you are interested.

Edit...just noticed yours was 1-1/8" threadless - mine is 1" headtube with a threaded fork

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This Waterford T22 may blow your budget, but you will have the nicest looking fixie in the neighborhood.

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several custom builders ib the same Bay Area .. Steelman , Mikkelsen etc


yea Maxway is a big contract frame company in TW, lots of brands use their services.
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Thanks a bunch for all the hints and recommendations!! I really wish I had held onto my DeLancey. But, over time, I'll make another build. Right now, the Wabi Cycles Special or Special SE is looking pretty nice!
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Here's a DeLancey if you can make a 54 work
A $1500 bike with a crappy stock saddle that comes with treks... SMH
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This just seemed so appropriate. hand built frames from the mountains of Indiana

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