Teresie approached us wanting a tough reliable bike to ride home on from Cape Town to Norway! For us it was a no brainer, she needed a Saga. We specified tough, reliable easy to service components. We would usually have built this bike with 650b wheels but 26" spares are easier to find in Africa. She has cable-actuated hydraulic disc brakes and the option to fit canti brakes along the way if something goes wrong with the disc brakes. You can follow her Saga here.
Here is what Teresie has to say:
Overall, I wanted a bike that can stand the challenge of cycling from South Africa to Norway and all the challenges it involves - some being the ability to carry weight, go on tar and gravel, be comfortable, not be too much of an eye candy, be able to fix by welding, can change to v-brakes if disc brakes break. I really like it!! Love the handlebars, the different sitting positions it offers. Even the bell. I've been using it to greet local cyclists in Zambia. That's what they do. I definitely have the best sounding bell of them all. Haha.
Frame: SOMA Saga DC, Frame size 50.
Tyres: schwalbe Marathon Plus 26"
Wheels: 26" disc hubs, 32h alloy rims with braking surfaces.
Headset: IRD Technoglide
Stem: Soma Shotwell 90mm.
Bars: Soma Condor (45cm) Soma Thick & Zesty bar tape.
Shifters: Rivendell friction bar end shifters.
Brakes: Yokozuna Motoko Disc Pewter, with Soma short reach aero levers.
Front Derailleur: IRD Alpina-d.
Rear Derailleur: Sun XCD
Crank: Sugino Alpina 2 Triple 48-36-24t
Pedals: Shimano XT dual.
Bottom Bracket: Sugino.
Cassette: IRD 12-32t.
Seatpost: Soma Layback with Soma Bolo clamp.
Saddle: Brooks leather.
Rack: Tubus front and rear.
Bell: Crane E-Ne bell.
Bottle cages: Plastic.
Fenders: Soma Raindog.