Here is my homage to classic road/touring bike styling while taking advantage of some modern technology benefits. The frame is a 2007 Soma Speedster off-the-shelf catalog lugged steel frame. I assembled the bike myself after having a local bike shop install the headset.

It's a 56cm size made with Tange Prestige tubing. The color is a metallic Garnet Red. As shown, with wheels and pedals, fenders, handlebar bag, rack bag with tools and tube for fixing flats, and rear rack and Topeak frame pump, it weighs approx. 27.5 lbs. This bike is everything I wanted to do stylistically and it rides like a dream.

The head angle is 73 degrees, seat tube angle 73, and bottom bracket drop is 70 mm.

Other dimensions are:
Top Tube length (C-C): 565 mm (22.25”)
Chainstay Length: 425 mm (16.73”)
Standover Height: 803 mm (31.6”)
Wheelbase: 1009 mm (39.73”)

Component list:
Shimano Ultegra 10-speed triple derailleurs and shifters
KCNC rear derailleur pulleys with ceramic bearings (but installed for the red color)
Sugino RD-5000 triple crank refitted with Shimano 105 chainrings (for the silver color)
Ultegra 12-27 cassette
Chris King headset
Tektro R730 long reach (57 mm) brakes)
Aztec Powerlines gear and brake cables
Mavic Ksyrium SL3 wheels with Continental 4000 Red 25 mm tires
Nitto Randonneur bars with Nitto UI-5GX stem
Velo-Orange elkhide stitched-on handlebar grips
Nitto Crystal Fellow seatpost
Performance Forté Pro road pedals (single-sided, MTB style SPD cleat)
Brooks B-17 Champion Special saddle – Honey color
Nitto R-14 rack
Nigel Smythe plaid handlebar bag
Nigel Smythe plaid Big Loafer trunk bag for rear rack
Gilles Berthoud 40 mm stainless steel fenders
Nigel Smythe plaid mudflaps
Topeak Master Blaster frame pump

Bill Rhodes

Greenville, TX




SOMA Speedster - And a Good Buddy

SOMA Speedster - rear quarter view

SOMA Speedster - front end detail
SOMA Speedster - front end detail
SOMA Speedster - driveside view




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