After riding the Tour of Ara twice I fell in love with riding remote gravel roads.
I wanted a bike that would eat up gravel roads and allow me to do some light touring. For this I needed a high quality steel frame with rack mounts and clearance for big tires. I also wanted to use the bike for commuting and general fitness training. It was a tossup between the Wolverine & the Double Cross as they would both be more than capable of fulfilling my needs. I ended up going for the wolverine just because I love orange :)
After two years and many gravel adventures I couldn't recommend this bike more highly.
Frame: SOMA Wolverine frame set, Frame size 52.
Tyres: Soma Shikoro700x48c
Wheels: Suzue 700c CX/All Road Disc 11-Speed wheel set: Ukai 25mm wide double wall eyeletted rims with Suzue sealed cartridge hubs.
Headset: IRD Technoglide 1 1/8Threadless headset.
Stem: Thompson EliteX2(90mm)
Bars: Soma Condor (49cm) Soma Thick & Zesty bar tape.
Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace downtube shifters (10spd).
Brakes: IRD Drillium ZST brake levers with TRP Spyre mechanical disk brakes.
Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace (90's model).
Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 10SPD.
Crank: Sugino OX901crankset 48t/34t.
Pedals: Shimano XT dual pedals.
Bottom Bracket: Sugino MB-608-II.
Cassette: 12-30 Shimano Ultegra cluster.
Seatpost: Thompson Elite with Soma Bolo seat clamp.
Saddle: WTB Rocket V.
Rack: Front: SOMA Champs Elysees mini front rack, Rear ; Tubus Cargo Evo.
Bell: Crane E-Ne bell.
Bottle cages: Nitto stainless steel.