L’Eroica, meaning ‘The Heroic’ is a race held every year in Tuscany (and now in a few select countries), giving up to 3000 like minded, fanatical individuals the chance to ride and race on the ‘Strada Bianche’, the famous white gravel roads of Chianti and to spend two days wallowing in pure cycling nostalgia. In true heroic style only pre-87 bikes are allowed. So there are no auto-indexing gears – this is golden era cycling where shifters are mounted on the down tube, where tubular tyres are also favoured, alongside chrome, cloth bar tape, solid colour paintwork and water bottle holders that attach at the front and where the woolen jersey reigns. Any man interested in the traditions of the Italian cycle race can certainly get his fill here.
This historic event is the "ispirazione" for the Soma Stanyan frame, it features a threaded 1"steerer fork, not just because "that's what vintage road bike used" but it just looks better with lugged frames. Lugs limit how angled your top tube can be, so it used a 1-1/8 threadless set up most of us would need to run a tall headset spacer stack. The original Stanyan launched in 2008 was threadless.
Soma have ditched the polished lugs of the previous model for color schemes that fit right into the scene of vintage jerseys and dusty roads. The main thing that's not period correct is the 130mm rear hub spacing, since it is hard to find quality freewheels these days. You can run an 11-speed cassette, if you want.
The Stanyan '18 is an ideal frame for you to source those old parts and build your perfect "heroic bike" for this heroic event.