I wanted a bike that I could use for adventuring, lightweight touring and gravel riding. My bike would need to have a range of gearing that could tackle the craziest hill on human power, fully loaded; yet be fast enough to keep up with road bikes and zippy enough for commuting. It also needed to be lightweight yet strong enough to carry me and my camping gear over all kinds of terrain. My bike is a true hybrid - it handles gravel like a dream, tar like a speed machine and when asked will even do some single track. But that's not all, my bike is also an electric conversion with a small motor located in the front wheel that gives me an extra advantage on the hills. For everyday riding this amazing piece of tech turns what would usually be a serious workout into a leisurely cruise to the shops. The ride experience of this kind of electric setup mimics the feel of riding a normal bike. You do everything the same - shift gears to climb and you can push as hard or gently as you like, but when you need a bit of added power to your pedal stroke, it is there at the touch of a button! When I don't want the motor I simply switch it off or leave the battery at home. I can even swap out the front wheel if I want to turn her back to a purest form.
Frame: SOMA Wolverine Frameset Size 52cm.
Tyres: Soma Cazadero 700x42c
Wheels: Front Alex 36, Rear Suzue Sealed Disc 700c 11sp
Headset: Cane Creek 40-Series EC34 Conventional Headset 1.1/8"
Stem: Various (still testing setup)
Bars: H-Bar Jones Loop Aluminium 710 with ESI Silicone grips
Shifters: Shimano M7000 2x11 i-Spec 2 shifters with QR Downtube cable stops
Brakes: Pair of Shimano M7000 SLX i-Spec 2 Brakes with SLX RT66 160mm Rotor Back and 180mm Rotor Front
Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 5700 Double 10sp Band On Front Mech, Black, 28.6mm/31.8mm
Rear Derailleur: Shimano M7000 SLX Rear Derailleur
Crank: Shimano 105 5750 Compact 10sp Chainset, Black, 110mm, 50.34t, 170mm
Pedals: Mongoose Flat pedals
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Ultegra 6800 Bottom Bracket, Black, 68mm, English Thread
Cassette: Shimano M7000 SLX 11-42t Cassette
Seatpost: Thompson Elite Inline seatpost with Soma Bolo Seat Collar 29.8
Saddle: Selle Italia Ladies Saddle
Rack: SOMA Champs Elysees mini front rack and Tubus Logo Evo rear rack
Bags: Ortlieb Handle Bar Pack and accessory pack. Relevate Designs Tangle Half Frame Bag. Arkel Orca 35l front/rear panniers.
Lights: Ryder Centauri 1000.
Electric bike components
Front Hub Motor 350W. Battery (in the frame bag) 36V 10ah. Bike computer and controller. (Total weight 5.5kg)