Having been obsessed with XC mountain biking in High School, and then stopped during my four years of studies, I wanted a frame that would bring me back in the game, without committing to a specific style of riding. I enjoy a mountain bike for cross country rides, occasional jumps and switch backs, and even for commuting. Considering I'm fresh out of varsity and have only been working for 2 months, I definitely cannot afford three bikes. After doing extensive research, I came across a frame that would enable me to do all three, without omitting style.
After riding my baby blue soma juice for just over 6 weeks, I am stoked! This bike serves its purpose, as I use it to commute to work (about 16 km gravel road back and forth) as well as hit the occasional single track in the Stanford/Hermanus area. The flow on this bike is amazing. It does especially well on long winding gravels trails. Other than struggling a bit with short, explosive climbs, I cannot fault this bike. Steel is real, man.
Frame: SSOMA Juice, 19.5 inch (X-large)
Fork: Rock Rox Reba, 100 mm travel
Tyres: Racing Ralph, EVO, TLE (slightly fatter front tyre, due to sandy trails where I work)
Wheels: Stan's notubes, ZTR Crest 29er.
Headset: Cane Creek, 40, 234.
Stem: Giant Contact, 80 mm
Bars: Ritchey Comp, 75 cm.
Shifters: Sram X5, 10 speed.
Brakes: Shimano High Power Brake Hose Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Rear Derailleur: Sram X9
Crank: Sram 6XP
Pedals: Shimano SPD
Bottom Bracket: Not sure
Cassette: Shimano 11-34
Seatpost: Ritchey Comp with Soma Bolo seat clamp 29.8.
Saddle: Seta s Selleroyal
Bottle cages: Black Ritchey Stainless Steel.