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Anyone own/ride a Soma Smoothie?(10 posts)

Anyone own/ride a Soma Smoothie?Max11
Oct 18, 2002 3:26 PM
Thinking about getting one. Is there anyone who can tell me what they thing about this bike?
Isn't that a drink at the local Starbuck's?look271
Oct 18, 2002 6:06 PM
Sorry. Couldn't resist. Never hear of one. =)
Soma...phlegm
Oct 18, 2002 6:18 PM
Go look for DAS on the mtbr singlespeed forum. I think he has a Soma fixie.
re: Soma Smoothie vs. Surly Pacerzmarke
Oct 18, 2002 8:16 PM
I posted a similar thread a few weeks ago but did not get much of a repsonse. I was comparing the Soma Smoothie to a Surly Pacer since they both cost about the same. It seems that Soma is not very well known and the Surly Pacer is rather new (at least on the east coast). Surly was at Interbike and I have been told Soma was not.

For about $400 you get 4130 CroMo tubing with the Surly but get the better 631 with the Soma.

I called some local shops but most never heard of Soma but the few that had say it is a much nicer frame than the Surly for almost the same price. Needless to say I am still confused becasue nobody stocks or has built up either frame in my area.

Do I go with a better known brand (Surly) or do I go for a better tube set at the same price (Soma) ?
re: Soma Smoothie vs. Surly Pacergtx
Oct 19, 2002 2:26 PM
I think they're both made in the same factory in Taiwan. I'd spend a little more and get a Gunnar or a Teesdale. And Teesdale often has specials and sells cheaper than the prices listed on his site.

http://www.tetcycles.com

http://www.gunnarbikes.com/
re: Soma Smoothie vs. Surly Pacergtx
Oct 19, 2002 2:33 PM
yow, those Gunnars are getting a bit more pricey. I'd still shoot Teesdale and e-mail, tell hime what you're looking at and see what he says.
Haven't ridden, but lookedMelMo
Oct 18, 2002 10:40 PM
One of our local shops (Seattle, Free Range Cycles) is a Soma dealer, and I spent quite a while looking at both the Smoothie and the cross bike. The finish is much nicer than the Surly (though I haven't seen a Pacer yet) and I think they weigh less too, if that matters to you. I talked to a Smoothie rider I met on the MUT one day, and she was really happy with it. They're not for me because the TT is pretty long, but if the geometry were better (and I had space and money, etc.) I'd certainly think seriously about it.

Melinda
re: Anyone own/ride a Soma Smoothie?trout_bum
Oct 19, 2002 11:17 PM
I believe Soma is the house brand of American Cyclery.
I looked into both of those frames because I wanted something steel for cheap-however the top tubes run a little long on both the Surly and the Soma. So I went with a De Bernardi Thron for $469.00, which has a decent ride and Columbus tubing for not alot of money if you fit traditonal italian "square" geometry.
I recently found this site http://www.gvhbikes.com/
which has some good deals on steel frames, not sure of their reputation.
re: Anyone own/ride a Soma Smoothie?Max11
Oct 20, 2002 11:25 PM
Thanks to all who have responded. I want to add that I did get a chance to go to interbike and Soma was there along with Interloc. They had a Smoothie built up that looked great but I was hoping that someone was actually riding one and could give their assessment but the bike looks good and I picked up the frame they had hanging on the wall. It wasn't light but the finish looked good. Best of all was the price. Other bikes that fit this style are custom built with better tubes and cost lots more. Two of the customs that where there are the Co-motion and IF bikes, both beautiful bikes. Hopefully someone someday will have a Smoothie and say that it's just as good as a custom, at least that's what I'm hoping to hear.
better check the geometrytarwheel
Oct 21, 2002 5:25 AM
I looked at the geometry chart for the Somas once, and they have very long top tubes -- similar to Lemonds or maybe even longer. Just make sure that would fit you. It wouldn't fit me at all, so I wouldn't give a Soma a second thought.