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  • Tag: frame
    15May

    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.

    HANDMADE CRAFTSMANSHIP 

    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. 

    You might also like: Five Types of SOMA frames Every Bike Rider Should Know

    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.

    You might also like: Forks and Frames That Live Happily Ever After 

    WHY I RIDE SOMA STEEL
    By David Malan for Bicycle South

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    Hana, Southern Distributors 

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    8Feb

    February is still moody and chilly and we wish for the sunny warm days ahead.  Well, Spring is only two months away so let’s start preparing for it!

    Here at Southern Distributors we’re embracing the new season with the launch of a monthly dedication to SOMA Fabrications. You probably already noticed the subtle hint for February in the title: it’s the skeleton of the body, the core of the bike, it’s the frame.

    In the following weeks you can read all about the new features of our frames, what the upgrades are and how to choose the frame that’s just right. Mark every Tuesday on your calendar and stay updated with our newsletters. You don’t want to miss out!

    This year will be with new trendy colours and upgraded versions. Believe us, all of them are ACE!

    If you have any requests, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts, opinions and experiences on our Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram  page.

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