October 10th, 2013 - no comments
We’re excited to announce that we’re putting in an order with the Australian SOMA distributor to secure a handful of the SOMA Grand Randonneur framesets.
These are a fantastic multi use bike, just at home on gravel as on the road. Designed around 650b wheels, the front end geometry is low trail to handle front loads, the tubing is light and supple to lend a smooth ride, and it has all the bottle mounts and braze-ons for building up a ‘proper’ randonneur. This frame was designed in conjunction with Mike Kone from Boulder Bikes who have been building fine randonneur frames for many years and still builds under the Rene Herse moniker. At $650 for the frame and fork, we think it is the best value 650b Randonneur bike available today.
We will be getting a small shipment of these framesets, one each of the most common sizes, but if you would like to guarantee one for yourself, we’re taking pre-orders. If fast, fat tyres, skinny tubes and handlebar bags are your thing check out the Soma website and get in touch with us ASAP. First in, best dressed.
These are a very special bike and we expect they won’t be around for long. As an added incentive, for pre-ordered framesets we’ll throw in full frame preparation including BB and Headset installation on the house.
UPDATE @ 11.11.13 – The order has arrived and we have only have 52cm and 58cm frames still available – all the 55cm frames have been sold already.
Here are some of the frame particulars:
- Tange Prestige CrMo tubes, non-oversized
- Threaded 1″ lugged fork with low rider pannier bosses, mini rack eyelets and double eyelets at the dropouts
- Rear rack and fender eyelets
- Pump peg
- 3 sets of water bosses
- Designed for 650b wheels and cantilever brakes
- Max. tire fit: 650 x 42c slick tires w/fenders
- Paint: Ivory