Monday, February 4, 2008

The Soma Bike is Done!

Frame: Soma Rush (55cm); Fork: Threaded Tange steel; Headset: Tange Levin engraved; Bottom Bracket: Shimano Dura Ace (NJS) cups/bearings, Campagnolo spindle; Crank: Shimano Track (NJS); Pedals: MKS (NJS); Toeclips: Soma; Straps: Toshi; Handlebars: Nitto (NJS); Stem: Nitto (NJS); Rims: Tubular Araya (NJS); Spokes/Nipples: DT 15g; Hubs: Suzue Pro Max (NJS)Tires: Vittoria CX; Wheels: 3 cross front/ 4 cross rear; Cogs:18T (Soma), 16T (Shimano)(NJS); Seat post: Soma; Seat: Brooks; Brake caliper: Tektro; Brake lever: Soma.






















The bike is sleek, smooth and white. If using a NJS part made sense I used it, otherwise I went with Soma or Tange. I have a few more NJS parts but I perferred the bike this way. The saddle is a wonder. My best friend and riding buddy handed over this beautiful Brooks B17 Sprinter. For those of you that don't know, the Sprinter was the defacto saddle for track racers in the 50's. The saddle was introduced in the 1925 and was produced for 30 years. Brooks is now making a collectors version of the saddle with a Ti frame. It's a very cool saddle.


Is a bike really ever done? This post is over 4 months old and I'm still tweaking it. If you remember back @ http://onespeedbiker.blogspot.com/2007/11/njs-part-3-threadless-steerers-suck.html I said a $160 seatpost was over the top; and I still agree. However, what if you can get the $160 seatpost for say $60? and here it is! A Nitto SP72; considered by many the nicest seatpost ever made. Unless you are holding this seatpost in your hand, you can't imagine how nice it really is. The minor marks you see is the result of the seat post being inserted into a seat tube a couple of times. I bought it used from Japan for $67.20 shipped.

7 comments:

postflight said...

Where did you get the steel threaded fork? Did you modify the one that came with the Rush?

onespeedbiker said...

The threaded fork came from Rocklobster. When Kline went to carbon forks he bought out their stock of Tange threaded forks. He has a good selection; you might want to give him a call if your interested.

adrian said...

cool bike !!!
I recently stumbled into the world of fixies and single speeds and they really are cool.
Hope I can build one for myself soon.

postflight said...

Hmmm I ordered the fork from paul, then later noticed the rake made a big difference in appearance of the bike. so i'm gonna sell it, and stick to the treadless... :(

onespeedbiker said...

adrain, I see Soma now sells threaded forks. http://store.somafab.com/sothfo.html you might want to check them out.

postflight said...

its ok, i got my beautiful Nitto CT-80 threadless stem the other day. my white soma is almost done. just a few adjustments and i'll be done too.

Gideon said...

How do you like the b17 sprinter? i just ordered one.