There’s no doubt about the comfort, durability and affordability of a SOMA frame. And obviously it doesn’t hurt that they’re beautifully designed. Though these are obviously attractive qualities for a bike frame, there are other reasons for what makes SOMA frames unique.
SOMA frames stand out because they differ from mass produced bike frames. It’s very common to produce 5.000-15.000 units of a single model in a year. But not for SOMA parts. As SOMA create all their designs in San Francisco, all their frames and forks are hand-welded in Taiwan. Production? Only 200-300 units of a single model annually. Furthermore, SOMA frames offer a modern design with low-key graphics for a cleaner look, size specific rakes on forks and a large size range for taller and shorter riders.
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STEEL IS REAL
Soma frames are all name brand high-tech steel instead of harsh riding aluminium. The (relatively) light weight and low price of aluminium is the reason for metal’s dominance in the bike industry. However, the reason SOMA frames are made of steel is because quality steel offers better ride feel and strength characteristics. Where aluminium will continue to fatigue under stress, steel has a finite stress limit below which fatigue does not occur. Also, a ride of quality steel is stiff and lively and aliminium generally transfers more road buzz and ‘shock’ to the rider.
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