|3rd December 2009||#1|
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Just saw this in Brixton Cycles, Soma Buena Vista.
Looks like a very nice ladies bike, and I'm pretty sure it'll weigh a load less than a Pashley Princess.
BC are selling it frame only for £400, and a built up single speed version for a grand, they've got a couple of frames in stock, but more are on the way.
comes with a 132.5mm rear hub spacing
link to soma's website http://www.somafab.com/bvista.html
What it is...
A true mixte frame with the double top tube/stays. Obviously offers lots of standover height and style as well. You'll find the geometry is more sporty, than comfy. Though it can be built up to suit either demeanor. Drop bars? Sure. Moustache bars? Of course
• Tange Infinity heat-treated CrMo steel main tubes
• Sport touring geometry
• Horizontal dropouts
• 132.5mm hub spacing to fit either road or MTB hubs
• Matching sloping-crown CrMo steel fork included. Features low-rider pannier mounts.
• Rack and fender eyelets
• 1-1/8" size headtube
• 27.2mm seatpost size
• Rec. tire size: 700x 28c to 35c
(Size 42: 26 x 1.25" - 1.5")
• 42, 50, 54, 58cm (Center to top of seat collar)
• 50-58cm models use 700c wheels and 57mm reach brakes. 42cm model uses 26" wheels and 73mm reach brakes (like Tektro 556 or Rivendell Silvers)
• 5.0 lbs.
• In Bacardi White
that is all...
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|4th December 2009||#6|
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Corny has no benefit from this, does not and can not profit, and it clearly just sharing. He's just saying, this is damn nice... and then giving all the details he can find.
It's not like BC asked him to do this, he clearly saw it, liked it... and then asked them about it.
For me, this is the stuff I want to see, core members of the community who don't promote stuff often coming forward and being excited about something enough to share with everyone.
It's cool with me.
Now, if BC had asked him to, if BC were giving him a back-hander, if he knew BC on more than a customer + seller basis (biblically), etc, etc... if there were anything in it for him. AND if he wasn't also a core and long-standing upstanding member of the community... then it wouldn't be cool... then I'd probably call it spam too.
|4th December 2009||#7|
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yo! Vb, thanks for the backing, but Jo Jo's just stirring as is his want, and whoever reported it as spam, lighten up man/woman/person!
its a lovely frame, that no one seems to know about, and for all the forum members who are constantly looking for a nice fixed/singlespeed frame for their girlfriends/partners/wives, this seems like a perfect choice.
As is now common forum practice, copyright CoppiThat, Sorry if I missed something...
|4th December 2009||#10|
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Being a mixte frame doesn't necesarily make it a ladies' bike though, right? Mixte being derived from the french for unisex according to wikipedia.
Actually I'm currently building up a mixte for my girlfriend. I'm not sure I get the point of this frame, though... seems like a lot of money and the example build is pretty much hideous...
|4th December 2009||#11|
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@ rich, the only people I see generally riding mixte's are women, and for some reason in my head I have the step through frame as being a female only design for the usage of skirts whilst riding, whilst every male on this forum (sweeping generalization alert) wants to find some sort of mixte to build up for his partner/girlfriend/sister/mother. So thats why I've put it up as being a possible alternative to pashley's.
this blog agrees with you, in terms of the inherent unisex nature of the mixte, so I may have to change my mixte view.
though no advocate for soma, truth be told I do have a smoothie as my road bike, I like them as a bike manufacturer, and the fact they make steel frames, when the whole world's gone alu, also they're based in SF which is cool in my opinion, and I'm supposing the point of this frame is that not many manufacturers are making modern mixte's, only three from what I can see after a quick google, the soma, the masi soulville mixte http://commutebybike.com/2008/02/20/...rough-version/
and the rivendell betty foy, which isn't especially cheap, http://www.rivbike.com/products/list...s#product=none
but more choice in terms of frames and designs is never a bad thing, and until more people start riding mixte's again and the big manufacturers jump on the bandwagon, the price point for these sort of frames will probably still stay high.
But if I wanted to buy a frame to build up for a woman, I think I'd put some money down on one of these...
|4th December 2009||#14|
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I'm not knocking the soma! I think it's good that they're building steel, etc. But it's not for me. Couldn't you get something custom built for just a bit more? I was thinking some british framebuilders prices start from ~500. Maybe I'm remembering it wrong.
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