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Soma Smoothie ES, with Ultegra groupset-pull trigger?

Old 07-09-10, 02:41 PM
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Soma Smoothie ES, with Ultegra groupset-pull trigger?

Hi,

I was about ready to purchase the Masi Speciale CX for $1200.00, and become very intrigued and interested in a custom build steel bike and started reading about the Soma Smoothie ES
bike. I found a LBS out in the heart of Amish country in Lancaster County, PA that is willing to sell
me a Soma Smoothie ES complete bike, built with all Shimano Ultegra and custom built wheels
in Dark Cherry Red for $1500.00, out the door.

Good deal? How would it compare to the Masi im considering? Its for casual weekend long fun
rides and charity group rides of 25, 35, 50 miles and occasionally light rail-trails.

The Masi has the lesser quality components, being 105 rear derailleur, Tiagra front and Tiagra
STI shifters.


Thanks
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Old 07-09-10, 03:03 PM
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I've been very happy with my Double Cross. $1500 is a very good price for Soma/Ultegra.
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BTW, here's a link to the Masi's specs: http://www.masibikes.com/steel/speciale-cx/

A few thoughts:

1) This isn't really apples-to-apples, since you're looking at a road bike vs. a CX-ish commuter. Is this going to be your only bike? For the riding you described, I'd go with the Soma - the head angle on the Masi will make it feel sluggish, even by comfortable-road-bike standards.

2) You don't really need to run super-wide tires for what you're doing, so there's no point in having a bike with cantilevers. In general, cantilevers, even nice ones, suck compared to decent road calipers.

3) Does the Soma come with a steel fork like the Masi, or a nice carbon one? Which Ultegra group does it have, the new 6700 or the older 6600? Either way, it's a good deal.

4) The wheels on the Soma are almost certainly nicer than the Ritchey/Formula wheels on the Masi.
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pretzelface,

I am very aware of the specs and the geometry of the Masi in the 56cm frame size. If I do go with the Masi, I would dump the 32mm tires for 28mm size, since most of my riding will be road. Yes, this will be my ONLY bike.
I believe the Ultegra group is the 6600. If I go with the Smoothie, I would also have them use 28mm tire size, as i want the ability to go off road occasionally.
I know several folks who have done Century rides with the Masi, on 28 tires and LOVED the ride!
It seems to me, its pretty close to apple to apple comparison, no??
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Also, the price quote was for the matching steel fork in the same color...dark cherry red. I also found out the Ultegra group is called SL, its inbetween the 6700 and 6600.
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ok

Im leaning towards the Soma, just have to decide between the triple, double or compact?
From what I have read on line, seems like the compact would be the best of both worlds?
Any thoughts?

I am mostly a casual recreational rider.
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