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my new track biketrackmike
Mar 12, 2003 9:47 PM
soma rush frame 53cm
suzue promax disco large flange hubs laced to mavic ma3's with soma xpress(panaracer) tires
big cheese bmx crank 49x15 (kind of big i'm thinking about going smaller on this)
nitto steel njs certified track bars... amazing.. if you haven't ever tried steel track bars they are worth their weight.
selle royal seat
re: my new track biketoonces
Mar 12, 2003 10:44 PM
You live in Houston? I think?
re: my new track bikecurlupanddie
Mar 12, 2003 11:03 PM
I've always liked the soma. living around san francisco, you get to covet them quite a lot. pardon the ignorance, but what's so nice about the bars?
re: my new track biketrackmike
Mar 13, 2003 9:00 AM
i'm the only person in houston that has one... nobody around here has ever seen one.. there is 1 soma mountian bike around thats all. the bars eh? they are absolutley the most solid thing i've ever laid my hands on. when your out of the saddle sprinting you can pull and push and they just feel really solid like all your upperbody strength is going into making the wheels turn.

this is something i feel more on bmx bikes, becuase they can only go so fast so at a point you have to pull up on the bars to make your legs push harder which in turn makes your sprint faster.

another reason i noticed they are solid is when i'm doing track skids and i can put all my weight out on the front wheel on my hands. before on alloy bars i've used or even cheapo steel bars you can always feel the bars give a little, but the nitto track bars are super solid.

the bars are very narrow, i don't have any exact measurements. i was always a fan of really wide ergo bars becuase it's super easy to steer with all the leverage. but with narrow track bars especially on a track specific bike where the geometry makes the steering really quick you don't really need the leverage.
Close-up picture of crank please...zmarke
Mar 13, 2003 5:06 AM
If you do not mind and if you have time...

Would you post a close-up picture of the crank and tell us your experiences with it. I have heard these make a good fit for a fixed bike but I have not actually ever seen them.

crank picstrackmike
Mar 13, 2003 4:16 PM
the cranks are good.. they aren't as pretty as campys but they are cheap and solid. 110 bolt pattern which is pretty common for bmx "euro" cranks. I like that they are 165mm long, becuase 175 would have toe overlap for sure.

if you've ever converted road cranks for fixed gear use it's a real pain becasue it puts the ring to far inside if you use the inner, or to far outside if you use the outer and your chainline sucks. plus try finding a good chainring size (46-49) on some weird bolt pattern is a pain.

by the way today i switched the 15t rear cog to a 16t and it is perfect. i did the math and 49x16 is almost the same as 46x16 which was the size i wanted to run, but now i don't have to buy a new chainring, and i just stole the 16t off my beater fixie.
Thanks for the, about that chainline...zmarke
Mar 13, 2003 7:01 PM
You mentioned that chainline was easier with this (bmx style) crank, if you use a converted road crank can't you just use a different bottom bracket length to get the best chainline?

What BB size did you use to get your chailine at 42mm (which I think is the correct chainline for almost all fixed road hubs)?

thanks again!
Mar 13, 2003 10:52 AM
beatiful bike. very nice build selection all around. 2nd the request for a closeup of the cranks. well done.
Nice ride!brider
Mar 13, 2003 2:46 PM
And I know JUST what you're talking about with those Nitto steel bars. I have a set for the track. Deep drop, large radius on the tops, anatomic hooks. Sweet feel.
no brake? looks good, though nmDougSloan
Mar 14, 2003 7:10 AM