Robo's Wolverine.

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The (long) tale of the "Double Espresso"Wolverine.

It all started with David Malan, my friend from product design student days .
He told me about this steel bike that could do everything well, a light tourer, a gravel bike, an everyday ride, a beast called a wolverine he said .
We figured out a size , 58 , and a colour, matte black .
then we chose tyres , soma shikkoro , but they had coffee coloured sidewalls !
sjoe ! brown ! sjoe !
So the entire build became a mission to work with coffee brown , to find a matching saddle , bar tape.
I finally settled on giles berthoud - as everyone else’s browns were too honey coloured
I figured the palette would be s base of matte black , with a fair amount of coffee brown and hints of silver then to imbue this retro bike with some stealth tech,
rohloff internal hub 14 spd , 520% ratio’s , excitement ! expense ! ah ! ebay ! lost five painful online auctions !
luckily , nils hansen of woodstock cycleworks found me a used one , and he sprayed it black if there’s too little frustration in your life , try specc’ing gates carbon drive parts !
learning : go to the local agent etienne from black frog
ratio’s mostly figured out , i hope
i went through three ways of triggering the rohloff , settled on gebla rohbox that triggers the rohloff through certain [ adapted ] brifters
i loved the yokozuna cable actuated hydraulic disk brakes , gorgeous compressionless cables
and finally we waited six months for the rohloff carrier adaptor that’s insanely  hard to get hold of ! like anywhere  , in the world !
thank you to the endless patience & good taste of nils hansen at woodstock cycleworks , and the great cheerful technical work of Rolf.

I think i’ll christen her double espresso.


Frame:  Soma Wolverine 58cm Matte Black.

Tyres:  Soma Shikkoro Kevlar bead, Coffee.

Wheels:  .

Headset:  IRD Technoglide 1 1/8" with Cinq5  the plug III, usb / power amplifier headset cap.

Stem:  Thompson.

Bars:  Soma Hwy One with Giles Berthoud , brown, calf leather bar tape and Soma locking bar end plugs. 

Shifters:  SRAM Force 22 [ modified to trigger gebla rohbox ]

Brakes:  Yokozuna MoToko , cable actuated disc brakes, black.

Dropouts:  Paragon  Machine Works.

Front hub:  SON 28 dynamo hub.

Rear hub:  Rohloff Speedhub 500/14.

Rear sprocket:  Gates Carbon Drive CDX , stainless steel, 19t on Rohloff carrier, threaded, to Gates Carbon Drive.

Crank:  Gates Carbon Drive CDX Crankset 5 ar, with Gates 50t CDX Expedition sprocket.

Pedals:  Shimano XT.

Bottom Bracket:  THUN GBL 550 [ only bb with correct chainline - had to be ordered from the factory in germany ].

Rear sprocket:  Gates Carbon Drive CDX , stainless steel , 19t.

Seatpost:  Thompson with Soma Bolo seatpost clamp.

Saddle:  Giles Berthoud Aravis , brown , titanium rails.