Soma ES Build


No shit, I idealized, and then built this bike around a vintage Campagnolo Chorus Aero seatpost. Sorta like that faucet commercial: “Build a house around this.”

Soma ES Frame, it’s my second Soma. Soma did a great job with this frame: it’s light, smooth, and takes fat rubber for a caliper road bike. I put a blingy Chris King headset on it, so I’d be taken seriously. 

Soma Highway One bars, Soma stem, and Fizik VSX saddle, cause I need the peepee groove. 

Campagnolo Record Ultrashift 10 sp drivetrain, long cage rear, Chorus front mech, Record UT compact crank with Rotor 50/34 rings. KMC X10 chain. It has a chainkeeper on the downtube, because sometimes shit happens on bumpy gravel roads. 

Velo Orange Grand Cru long reach caliper brakeset. I generally think caliper brakes are a joke, but it’s because I’d never used anything like these before. Uh-maze-ing. 

HED Belgium C2 hoops, laced to Hope hubs. They sound like a swarm of angry bees. I wrapped 32mm Panaracer Pasela PT tires around them. These things roll well on pavement, broken pavement, gravel, evrything. There’s room in this frame for even bigger rubber. I’m running a 12-30 cassette, because I’m fat, and it’s hilly in this part of the state. 

I’m very happy with it, it came in at 9.8kg, 10kg was my target. Campy brifters shift like a rifle bolt, there’s almost unlimited front mech trim in them, The completed bike is light’ish (I’m 100kg, so light is relative), it rides nice, shifts well, I love it.