Adam’s SRAM Rival1 Wolverine

Adam didn't realise he needed a SOMA Wolverine, until he saw mine. "I saw an orange bike on your Instagram feed" said the man as he wandered around the workshop, "I am on the lookout for a new bike, and had been thinking about an internal gear hub town bike, but that bike looks like fun". The seed had been sown, and a test ride of my Wolverine and six months later, Adam is the proud owner of a SRAM Rival1 Wolverine.

Adam needed a bike to commute on, but he also wanted a bike that would open the door to weekend adventures. The SOMA Wolverine frameset provided the perfect platform. His wish list included hydraulic disk brakes, a lightweight but tough wheelset and the simplicity of a single speed drivetrain.

The initial idea was to start with a singlespeed build, then add gears down the track, but the simplicity of the new SRAM Rival1 11sp Groupset meant that he could have it all from the start. A 38T chainring paired with a 10-42T Cassette give Adam sufficiently high gears for his speedy commute, with a low enough range for lightly loaded weekend overnighters.

The wheelset is built around White Industries CLD hubs in anodised red with a SRAM XD Driver, paired to OEM carbon rims we source directly from the manufacturer. The tubeless ready rims weigh 360g, are 24mm wide to accommodate tyres from 28mm to 50mm, and stiffer and tougher than a comparable weight alloy rim. DT Competition spokes and red alloy nipples complete the package.  We set the SOMA Cazadero 700x42mm tyres up tubeless to seal small punctures on road, and reduce the chance of pinch flatting offroad.

The cockpit features our favourite short and shallow drop bar with a touch of flare, the Salsa Cowbell. A Cane Creek 110 headset with Thomson stem, seatpost and collar keep everything in its place.

Congrats Adam. I hope it puts as big a grin on your face every time you ride it, as my Wolverine does for me.



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