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Why not get the fork that was made for Soma for that frame?
https://www.outsideoutfitters.com/pm-22 ... -fork.aspx
Guessing you could match up the same from another brand but will it have the same length and rake,as well as axle to crown lengths?
Also maybe just me but I have run XT 756 hubs on an all weather type wheelset and would put down a few more $$ and get hubs with better bearings to get longer life first off.
Yes I am trying to get the fork that goes with the bike and two others, still waiting.
A slab in each pannier and groceries on top, the weight adds up. Where I live now there are no hills, there are no hills on my commute. Its easy riding but no good for fitness.
When I was fit I never used the bottom chain ring, Mt Buffalo, Pretty Sally, Black Spur etc, never needed it with a full load. I have never been able to ride tempo, I just push until I cant push any more then I walk. I would rather walk up a hill than ride say, 26/26. All that energy for nothing I reckon.
I rode many a GVBR in the old days on the racing bike with full panniers using little ring adapters that sat in the traingle of the rear stays. They made mounting a rack possible and away you go, never missed a beat. Old mate on tourer next to me having panniers bounce off, broken spokes etc. Its funny, a good bike can do anything it seems and a bad one will always be bad, jinxed.
I looked at my frame today, I thought the box was empty. 4lbs without forks and it feels lighter. Riders at work thought it was aluminium. I couldnt bring it home today so no pics, but initial thoughts.
Light, very light. A very nice finish, faultless paintwork gloss black, 10/10, not a mark on it. No peeling around the open bits and no sign of blisters. The BB is nicely finished, ready to go no filing needed. All caps in place and some protective foam around the drop outs. All the fittings have good holes and good paint coverage. Feels very smooth, the welds are pretty much invisible. I have to have as good look at them. They cant be hand welded if they are its the best hand welding I have ever seen, but maybe they have a bloke that works the file cheap, I will let you know.
Also very nice to have a frame not covered in oversized garish branding.
I wouldn't bother with SRAM, particularly the BB7 disc brakes.
I would go the XT hubs built up on some Mavic rims with 36 spokes.
As your running a flat bar setup I'd would hunt down the new Shimano Deore group with its ice tech hydraulic discs and 10 speed clutch style rear derailleur. Choose a double front shifter and mate it with a 105 double front derailleur. On the rear choose the shorter length GS derailleur.
For cranks I would hunt down an old set of Sugino made Ritchey Road cranks with the square tapered bottom bracket interface. External bearing bottom brackets are rubbish if you spend a lot of time in the rain as the flog out pretty quick IMO. For chainrings I'd mount some 10 speed compatible Stronglight or Specislite TA's in your chooses combination.
I didn't think mountain bike shifters (10spd Deore, front) and road front derailleurs (105) played well together.
I have read that it is possible to make it work by slackening of the cable tension.
Thanks for the review on the frame quality, I've been thinking about getting this frame and fork for a while for a commuter build and $390 for the frame is a great price. You've sold me on the frame
Ive had a good look at it now, it is so light.
THings have been moving slowly, the forks are coming, the ones that were made for the frame. The rear wheel arrives tomorrow, in the end I asked BPW what they had for my specs that are not as easy to fit as you would think, trust me Ivve done the hours on the net and phone, I think so many shops now just think you are price checking, they have given up on service. Young blokes that dont understand how much it costs to run a shop pretending to help you, its very sad.
Ive looked in detail most major brands, all the same now really. Even Campag looks like crap, so I have given up on building a great cool bike and am going to go down the cheap road with parts, maybe now spend half what I was going to. Im thinking second hand ultegra drive train now,lots around lightly used at a good price.
I will get some pics to you soon.
I have new side project, Im rebuilding the Ricardo Nouvo from scratch with NOS parts see other post!
Well the wheel was in stock at BPW and it was meant to be at the shop on wednesday. No call, no wheel, Im over the LBS myth I can tell you.
The forks arrived, paint gob as good as the frame. Very well packed in a OEM box.
I brought the forks home so I can get the pics rolling.
I think they and the frame are powder coated. Nice finish, nice medium sweep, very happy, weighs about a kilo but huge steerer that will need to be cut down.
I got the triple cross rear wheel. Surprise, surprise, 3X aint what it used to be. The first cross used to be well beyond the hub, big angles. That is triple cross. I got some lame version of it. Pics to follow.
I was thinking disc om rear, canti on front, Baabs but I am undecided.
Its not as easy as i thought. A staight MTB GS would be the go but the chain rings are too small.
A Road GS has the rings but not the brake levers and gear levers I want.
So I caught between two worlds. I think I am tending toward Shimano now on price at the lower end and good used.
Don't jump the gun. I've got a wheelset from BPW that I bought through my LBS that BPW now 18 months later claims they didn't even stock to sell to the LBS in the first place. It's fair to say the wholesalers have their moments too...
Ours is not to reason why...merely to point and giggle
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