Soma Pescadero Endurance Road Bike Build

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Soma Pescadero Endurance Road Bike

Soma Pescadero Endurance Road Bike

Soma Fabrications’ Pescadero road bike

  • Chromoly frame set

  • Stiff Breezer-style dropouts

  • Accepts front and rear racks

  • 700 x 38mm clearance size optimal

  • Road sport geometry suitable for all-day riding

  • Available in Colonial Blue, finished fenders optional.

Our friend Sean excitedly texted us one morning with a link to The Gravel Grinder Tour of the Canyons. A 160-mile, mostly self-supported, ride on old roads that stretch from Grand Junction to Moab. This non-technical route is comprised of worn asphalt roads and dirt paths with plenty of elevation gain and steep scenic descents.

Our conversation quickly turned to what kind of bicycle would be appropriate for this unique tour. Sean, a loyal Soma Fab customer, had been eyeing the Pescadero frame set for a few months. We all decided it’s specifications were perfectly suited to this trip. The Pescadero’s road-like geometry will allow Sean to quickly accomplish the mountain passes and it’s relaxed head tube height will hold steady on sharp descents.

Sean quickly decided to have us pull together the component package for his new Pescadero. Before we began recommending specific components we carefully considered Sean’s bicycling goals, abilities, his height and measurements, and we even talked about the styling details he had in mind. A new bicycle build isn’t the the only way to achieve the perfect bike but it is the most efficient way and we were on our way to the perfect machine for a Rocky Mountain bicycle tour.

A new bike build is organized into 4 major categories.

Frame set

We look at your size, weight, and riding style before we decide upon a frame set recommendation. We consider the type of terrain you typically ride, and what plans you might have for your riding future


The type of wheels are sometimes chosen in conjunction with the frame set. You may know exactly which frame set and/or type of wheel you want for your new bicycle. But if you are open to suggestions we will eagerly outline several options for you to choose from based on your body type and your cycling goals.

Wheel Size

There are predominately 3 popular wheel diameters to choose from. Sean is most comfortable on  700c wheels so we knew the Pescadero frame set would be a great fit for him. Since he already has several bikes with huskier type of rims paired with plus sized tires we recommended a different wheel style for his Pescadero, something lighter and a bit more aerodynamic.

After the wheel diameter is selected it’s time to decide between standard factory built wheels or a special pair of bespoke wheels. Hand built wheels are stronger, hold their true longer, and allow you to choose exactly which rim model, hubs, and type of spokes you prefer. Sean wanted a nice looking pair of wheels that would withstand off road conditions. He decided that the hand built wheel option was the best route for him.

The Drive Train

The drive train choice varies from an internally geared hub to a traditional drive train with derailleurs. We will help you determine how many gears are necessary for your cycling goals. Sean specifically requested Shimano’s DuraAce 2x10 drivetrain, a very popular choice for road cyclists. We performed a few modifications to allow it to work smoothly with the Pescadero.

The Cockpit

The components that determine your comfort while on the bicycle directly correspond to the cockpit; the handlebars, stem, head tube, and everything you actually touch while riding. We’ll analyze your body measurements to help determine specific recommendations to your frame. These are also the components that can be easily replaced later as your riding style or even your flexibility changes.

Sean’s Pescadero

We were weight conscious with this bike build since Sean will be riding up multiple mountain passes on the Gravel Grinder tour. The weight considerations of each component was carefully balanced with it’s durability and ease of adjustment for Sean while he’s out on tour. In the end Sean’s bike is one of the fastest Pescadero’s I have ever had the pleasure to test ride. It’s light, responsive, and agile.

  • Rims  Velocity Quill, polished. These are durable, lightweight, American made rims with an Aerodynamic quality to them.

  • Hubs   Chris King polished

  • Spokes  Bladed

  • Bottom Bracket Chris King

  • Crankset  Sugino

  • Rim Brakes Paul Component Engineering Racer Brakes, center pull calipers. Rim brakes are light and more easily maintained out on the trail. They provide substantial stopping power if they are properly adjusted and especially if they are manufactured by Paul Component Engineering.

  • Shifter/brake lever  Shimano Dura Ace

  • Derailleurs Shimano

  • Rear Cassette Shimano DuraAce

  • Headset Chris King

  • Handlebars NITTO Randoneer Drop

  • Seat Post Paul’s Components, Tall and Handsome polished

  • Saddle Brooks B17 Ti

  • Tires Soma Fab Supple Vitesse. 700 x 38mm tires are the optimal size for the Pescadero frame if you want the option to install fenders. This will be a great all around tire size for any type of dirt riding.

  • Pedals MKS Next Touring

  • Bottle Cage King Cage Ti

Custom Soma Saga Build

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Soma Saga steel touring frame set

Soma Saga steel touring frame set

We take your bike concerns to heart for we believe if you have a bicycle that suits your body type, your lifestyle, your aesthetic sense you will happily ride your bicycle as often as possible.

We recently had the pleasure to work with our neighbor to build his first road bike. He required that his new bike be quick and that it can be comfortably ridden all day, or even all week if he is so disposed.

After carefully interviewing him about his riding style and goals Ethan offered solid recommendations for his dream bicycle.

Frame set

After our fitting session we determined that Saga frame set, a Soma Fabrications touring frame, fit our neighbor’s proportions the best.

Chromoly frame set and fork

Chromoly frame set and fork

NITTO Randonneur handlebars, Newbaum's cotton bar tape, Dia Compe brake levers

NITTO Randonneur handlebars, Newbaum's cotton bar tape, Dia Compe brake levers

IRD thumb shifters, tange headset, Soma stem

IRD thumb shifters, tange headset, Soma stem

Soma seat post, Brook's leather saddle

Soma seat post, Brook's leather saddle

Wheel set

Your wheel set is the best place to splurge. We typically utilize American made rims and hubs for our custom wheel builds. Budget and riding style take priority when designing a wheel set for our customers.

We will match your riding style to the hub and rim choice

Our wheels hold their true better than any other wheel you can purchase

Hand built wheels are lighter and sturdier than factory wheel sets

In the end this Soma Saga is one quick touring bike and will provide a platform for new adventures. It is a pleasure to be able to bring a bicycle dream to life. Thank you.

Soma Saga frame set

Velocity rims

SRAM 9-speed cassette

Sugino XD500 t with old school crown logo

IRD XC-Pro thumb shifters

Dia Compe Aero levers for V-brakes

Tange Headset

Soma Stem

Soma Seatpost

Brook’s leather saddle

NITTO Randonneur drop bars

Newbaum’s cotton bar tape

MKS BM-7 vintage BMX pedals

Soma New Express tires