Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Experience with Soma Tires and Rims?

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Experience with Soma Tires and Rims?

Old 11-24-23, 12:58 PM
  #1  
Full Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 228

Bikes: Bakers dozen is the limit!

Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 83 Post(s)
Liked 393 Times in 128 Posts
Experience with Soma Tires and Rims?

Asking for any experience with SOMA tires and rims, considering buying on their Black Friday Sale.

Considering buying a pair of SOMA supple Vitesse EX 700x33 tires. Any experience out there? Compare to Gran Bois or Rene Herse tires?

https://www.somafabshop.com/shop/som...attr=3482,4273

Also considering buying a pair of SOMA Eldon rims for a wheel project. Any comparisons, say with Pacenti or other classic silver rims?

https://www.somafabshop.com/shop/som...#attr=4098,153
VRJAKE is offline  
Old 11-24-23, 01:08 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
TenGrainBread's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 2,742
Mentioned: 52 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1135 Post(s)
Liked 645 Times in 335 Posts
The Soma Supple Vitesse tires are really great but expensive. Comparable to the Rene Herse and GB tires, made by Panaracer like all of them. I can't comment on the rims.
TenGrainBread is offline  
Old 11-24-23, 02:04 PM
  #3  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Ontario
Posts: 144

Bikes: Road: 1972 Raleigh Competition,1989 Marinoni, 1990 Limongi. MTN: 1990 GT Team Avalanche, 1991 Rocky Mountain Blizzard, GT Team RTS , Rocky Mountain MSL 50 Element, CCM fat bike

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 32 Post(s)
Liked 79 Times in 48 Posts
The Soma tires have a few positive reviews on-line. the tires are said to be light, comfortable, fast and measure on the narrow side. The $35 price looks like good value.
Paul Waque is offline  
Old 11-24-23, 02:10 PM
  #4  
Full Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 279

Bikes: 1988 Specialized Rockhopper Comp, 2012 Goodrich Randoneuse, 2016 A-Train, 2022 Wilde Dream Engine, 2022 Salsa Mukluk

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 60 Post(s)
Liked 87 Times in 35 Posts
Lol I just bought a set of the Eldon rims and Supple Vitesse.

I've used the Supple Vitesse before in 700c by 32 and like them a lot. I think I'd say I like RH more, but I think most of the difference might be in my head, and getting a set for the price of one RH tire is good deal. That said, I've mostly used RH in quite wider tires, the 26x2.3 and 650bx42, which are quite different sizes.

I've never used the Eldon rims, but I'm going to match them with some Suzue Classica hubs this winter.
twolve is offline  
Old 11-24-23, 02:19 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 20,278
Mentioned: 129 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3430 Post(s)
Liked 2,769 Times in 1,953 Posts
The supple vittesse Extralight (I forgot the exact name) are what I bought a while ago, 28c. I like them.
‘they were a tight fit initially. Tire jack tight. The aramid bead does stretch and after a month probably tire levers only if you keep them reasonably inflated.

the rims I know not, I think they were on sale at a tempting price, 490grams…. I really want a rim 40-50 grams less. Might be a daydream.
repechage is offline  
Old 11-24-23, 02:36 PM
  #6  
WGB
 
WGB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Niagara Region
Posts: 5,614

Bikes: Panasonic PT-4500

Mentioned: 44 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1772 Post(s)
Liked 2,270 Times in 1,348 Posts
At $34.95 for Black Friday pricing (+free shipping over $100) this is seriously nice pricing!

Ps. Anybody know if the Tanaka pump valve Soma sells fits a Silca pump? I'd like to replace the basic push-on presta valve on a spare Silca I have but don't want to pay $90 for another Hiro valve...
WGB is offline  
Old 11-24-23, 02:43 PM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 17,071
Mentioned: 476 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3760 Post(s)
Liked 6,397 Times in 2,535 Posts
I've had several pairs of the Supple Vitesse on different bikes, both the 32mm and the 38mm widths. Fwiw, I had a pair of the 38mm ones on a new build and was working up some serious disappointment about how that bike as a whole felt. Then I switched to RH 44mm tires, and the bike was transformed in a good way. Ymmv.
nlerner is offline  
Old 11-24-23, 03:14 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: PNW
Posts: 1,586

Bikes: One of everything and three of everything French

Mentioned: 51 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 454 Post(s)
Liked 316 Times in 199 Posts
Originally Posted by VRJAKE
Considering buying a pair of SOMA supple Vitesse EX 700x33 tires. Any experience out there?
I have a set of 700x33 EX on one of my bikes. You are welcome to stop by (I'm in Oak Hills), ride it and judge for yourself. This bike has about 23" seat tube.
__________________
I.C.
Insidious C. is offline  
Old 11-24-23, 06:09 PM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
davester's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Berkeley CA
Posts: 2,521

Bikes: 1981 Ron Cooper, 1974 Cinelli Speciale Corsa, 2000 Gary Fisher Sugar 1, 1986 Miyata 710, 1982 Raleigh "International"

Mentioned: 97 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 917 Post(s)
Liked 1,267 Times in 475 Posts
I've been using both Supple Vitesse and RH tires on my bikes for quite a while. They both ride sublimely and seem pretty much interchangeable to me. $35 is a great price.
davester is offline  
Old 11-24-23, 08:54 PM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,630
Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 499 Post(s)
Liked 63 Times in 48 Posts
Originally Posted by WGB
At $34.95 for Black Friday pricing (+free shipping over $100) this is seriously nice pricing!

Ps. Anybody know if the Tanaka pump valve Soma sells fits a Silca pump? I'd like to replace the basic push-on presta valve on a spare Silca I have but don't want to pay $90 for another Hiro valve...
It should fit, but you'll need some hose clamps. You can buy Oetiker clamps in Home Depot/Lowes in the plumbing department (for PEX tubing), no absurd costs to Mr. Portner necessary. I had a few of the spring-steel clamps that used to come on Silca pumps, but I recall them being super loose on modern hoses.
wschruba is offline  
Likes For wschruba:
Old 11-25-23, 08:42 AM
  #11  
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New York, NY, and High Falls, NY, USA
Posts: 40,553

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 505 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7207 Post(s)
Liked 2,223 Times in 1,312 Posts
I had Soma Shikoro tires. They must have been a model designed for puncture protection. They rode like rocks, and I didn't appreciate how bad they were until I recently replaced them with 32mm Continental GP 5000 tires. So be sure to choose the model well for your purpose. I'm perfectly willing to sacrifice puncture protection for a good ride.
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Likes For noglider:
Old 11-25-23, 09:00 AM
  #12  
Full Member
 
morri869's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 400

Bikes: 1984 Lotus Classique, 1996 Cannondale T700

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 91 Post(s)
Liked 138 Times in 66 Posts
Originally Posted by WGB
At $34.95 for Black Friday pricing (+free shipping over $100) this is seriously nice pricing!

Ps. Anybody know if the Tanaka pump valve Soma sells fits a Silca pump? I'd like to replace the basic push-on presta valve on a spare Silca I have but don't want to pay $90 for another Hiro valve...
Fyi, silca hiro chucks are only $30 right now

https://silca.cc/collections/black-f...k-black-friday
morri869 is offline  
Old 11-25-23, 09:08 AM
  #13  
WGB
 
WGB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Niagara Region
Posts: 5,614

Bikes: Panasonic PT-4500

Mentioned: 44 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1772 Post(s)
Liked 2,270 Times in 1,348 Posts
morri869 That is a seriously fair price!

For the tires, have the people with the Vitesse tires been happy???

Last edited by WGB; 11-25-23 at 09:15 AM.
WGB is offline  
Old 11-26-23, 08:37 AM
  #14  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Central Virginia
Posts: 5,067

Bikes: Numerous

Mentioned: 143 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1661 Post(s)
Liked 2,966 Times in 893 Posts
Originally Posted by morri869
Fyi, silca hiro chucks are only $30 right now

https://silca.cc/collections/black-f...k-black-friday
Also on Amazon for the same price if you roll that way. The Hiro chuck is really nice. I think I paid more than that for mine used.
__________________
N = '96 Colnago C40, '04 Wilier Alpe D'Huez, '10 Colnago EPS, '85 Merckx Pro, '89 Merckx Century, '86 Tommasini Professional, '04 Teschner Aero FX Pro, '05 Alan Carbon Cross, '86 De Rosa Professional, '82 Colnago Super, '95 Gios Compact Pro, '95 Carrera Zeus, '84 Basso Gap, ‘89 Cinelli Supercorsa, ‘83 Bianchi Specialissima, ‘VO Randonneur, Ritchey Breakaway Steel, '84 Paletti Super Prestige, Heron Randonneur

Spaghetti Legs is offline  
Old 11-26-23, 09:46 PM
  #15  
Senior Member
 
davester's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Berkeley CA
Posts: 2,521

Bikes: 1981 Ron Cooper, 1974 Cinelli Speciale Corsa, 2000 Gary Fisher Sugar 1, 1986 Miyata 710, 1982 Raleigh "International"

Mentioned: 97 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 917 Post(s)
Liked 1,267 Times in 475 Posts
Originally Posted by noglider
I had Soma Shikoro tires. They must have been a model designed for puncture protection. They rode like rocks....
That is correct. They have an bead-to-bead puncture protection layer, no doubt the cause of the unpleasant ride.
davester is offline  
Old 11-27-23, 08:08 AM
  #16  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2021
Posts: 1,792

Bikes: '38 Schwinn New World, ’69 Peugeot PX-10, '72 Peugeot PX-10, ‘7? Valgan, '78 Raleigh Comp GS, ’79 Holdsworth Pro, ’80 Peugeot TH-8 tandem, '87 Trek 400T, ‘7? Raleigh Sports, ‘7? Raleigh Superbe, ‘6? Hercules

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 744 Post(s)
Liked 1,483 Times in 727 Posts
Not exactly helpful in terms of current sale/availability, but I've got Soma Grand Randonneur SL 650bx42 tires on one of my bikes and I really like 'em (and wish they'd go back into production/stock). Nicer/more comfortable than the GB Hetres on another bike.
ehcoplex is offline  
Old 11-27-23, 02:17 PM
  #17  
Full Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 228

Bikes: Bakers dozen is the limit!

Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 83 Post(s)
Liked 393 Times in 128 Posts
Thanks for all the feedback. Ordered some Supple Vitiesse EX 700x33 tires, enough to get free shipping. Was very tempted on the Tanaka valve, probably should have ordered that too, though the Silca at $30 seems also a screaming deal if you are committed to floor pump inflation for the long term.
VRJAKE is offline  
Old 11-27-23, 04:25 PM
  #18  
Senior Member
 
79pmooney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 12,691

Bikes: (2) ti TiCycles, 2007 w/ triple and 2011 fixed, 1979 Peter Mooney, ~1983 Trek 420 now fixed and ~1973 Raleigh Carlton Competition gravel grinder

Mentioned: 125 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4664 Post(s)
Liked 3,759 Times in 2,444 Posts
Originally Posted by VRJAKE
... if you are committed to floor pump inflation for the long term.
I cannot get any pump, at any cost, to satisfactorily pump for the long term. No matter how much I spend on the pump, my latex tubed (and quite expensive also) tubbies are too low to ride in two days.
79pmooney is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.