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Old 01-18-10, 10:32 AM   #26
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How's the tire clearance on the 700C-equipped versions? I'm seriously considering one of these, but haven't been able to determine how big of a tire I can squeeze in there.
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Old 01-18-10, 11:17 AM   #27
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Dunno about the 700c, but my 26" Saga handily cleared my dirt jumper wheels (2.4" Holy Rollers on EX729 rims) which was pretty surprising. Hopefully they built good clearance into the larger frames as well.
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The original build, I believe that one of the Soma techs put together used a 110mm. It was what I purchased for my build, I'll post my pics and thoughts when I get it all put together. Still a few weeks on the remaining components on order.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedalturista/3927075395/
That's a great looking bike! I notice that you're on a 58cm, which is the size I'm considering. Do you mind me asking what your saddle height is (center of BB to top of saddle, measured along center of seat tube/post)?
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That's a great looking bike! I notice that you're on a 58cm, which is the size I'm considering. Do you mind me asking what your saddle height is (center of BB to top of saddle, measured along center of seat tube/post)?
Thanks for the comment Mark. Just to clarify the picture in your post is the original soma build, and was not mine. If you look back my bike has a campy carbon seat post. I have a 36 inch inseam and I set my saddles just shy of 81 cm. This one is dialed in right there. Still had a bit of distance left on the seat post, in case your wondering.
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I went with the Shimano XT hubs, DT Swiss Revolution Butted spokes (2.0 - 1.5mm), Mavic A719 Rims 36 hole, and brass nipples.
Have the exact same wheel build from Universal Cycles and have been thrilled with it on my my Cross Check. Preform well loaded and run smooth. Great build for the money.
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Any issues with the axles on the XT hubs? The 770's have an aluminum axle (at least in the rear), which supposedly can strip and/or bend.
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I posted a Saga-related drivetrain question here:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...1#post10333188
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Finally got mine built. Snapped a quick pic before riding home from work.

Nice

I have mixed feelings about bar end shifters... I dont know which way to go on my bike.
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I have mixed feelings about bar end shifters... I dont know which way to go on my bike.
Thanks! I wasn't sure about the bar-ends either; my road bikes are all either fixies or STIs. But now that I've got 150 miles on the Saga (all commuting, nothing loaded) I'm pretty used to them. The upright seating position helps a lot. It isn't that hard to flick your hand down to the drops to change gears when you aren't starting all leaned over. About the only time they annoy me is when I'm out of the saddle sprinting or climbing, but thats not something I anticipate doing very much with the bike loaded up (I'm just so used to my fixies that I tend to stand on climbs rather than downshift like I should).

I think the durability advantage over STIs is somewhat overstated (I have tens of thousands of miles on mine and have never had an issue), but I figured I'd try a full-on touring build anyway. What the hell, trying different things isn't so bad.
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just bought my saga frame so hyped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-30-10, 06:34 PM   #36
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just bought my saga frame so hyped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm waiting on the 58cm to become available again...
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Here's the tentative spec for my build. Any feedback is appreciated.

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I'm waiting on the 58cm to become available again...
I'm waiting on the 56cm. Sounds like they won't have any until mid-March. But when I do get mine, I plan on gutting a LHT complete for parts.
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I'm waiting on the 56cm. Sounds like they won't have any until mid-March. But when I do get mine, I plan on gutting a LHT complete for parts.
I ordered a 58cm last night, and the site mentioned Feb 22. We'll see...
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Just got an e-mail saying that they've been pushed out to April.
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Old 02-11-10, 07:22 PM   #41
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got mine a week ago its reall perrty geuss being short has som advantages 54cm
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I ordered a 58cm last night, and the site mentioned Feb 22. We'll see...
Who did you try ordering from? Also, waiting 'til April is going to be totally bleh. I was really hoping I'd get a couple of months of use out of it before departing on my tour this May.

This may be stretching things a bit, but does anybody know of their LBS stocking a 56cm (or anysize) Saga? I'm almost be willing to pay fullprice + shipping if it means I could get one within the next few weeks instead of waiting until April.
FWIW, I know that Joe's Cycles (http://www.joescycles.com/index.html) in Indianapolis had a 58cm (I'm pretty sure it was a 58cm) in stock last December. I left them a voice mail early today inquiring about it and when I hear back from them I'll pass that information along.
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Every single site is now showing April availability. I even tried ordering directly from SOMA, and they confirmed April availability.
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I just e-mailed SOMA, and they said that arrival is now closer to May.

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This frame came out just a few months after I had purchased my LHT frame or this is the bike I would have built. Nice looking bikes and I particularly like the color scheme.
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hey jabberwocky, would you mind posting a profile shot of your bike from the side?
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I just e-mailed SOMA, and they said that arrival is now closer to May.

Now that it's May, has anybody heard anything more recent about arrival dates? For the life of me I cannot get them to reply to a query about when they expect to have them again.
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hey jabberwocky, would you mind posting a profile shot of your bike from the side?
Sorry, I didn't see this post until now. Here are some additional pics, including a side shot:





Been enjoying the bike, but haven't ridden it as much as I thought I would. Its slow enough that I generally go for one of the pure road bikes for longer road rides. I've put maybe 500 miles on it commuting since I built it.
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Now that it's May, has anybody heard anything more recent about arrival dates? For the life of me I cannot get them to reply to a query about when they expect to have them again.
I e-mailed them again this morning. Hopefully they'll be able to supply some sort of useful info.
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The dealer that I ordered the frame from said two more weeks. Soma's response was, "mid-May." Hopefully the frames will actually get to the US and out to dealers before summer's over.
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