Soma Saga

Make: 
Soma
Model: 
Saga
Year: 
2012
Purchased from: 
Cyclotopia
Mileage: 
31
21
14
22
11
22
16
26
15
13
10
17
20
12
20
18
8
11
30
15
16
16
51
57
14
32
30
20
15
20
16
30
23
14
24
27
35
31
22
15
20
20
20
18
24
24
20
11
30
51
41
43
34
53
5
12
24
24
32
21
35
25
48
20
20
24
20
29
20
15
18
16
14
17
12
20
28
41
42
18
10
20
20
36
22
30
15
32
27
22
27
14
15
15
20
14
20
22
20
15
22
15
14
12
15
12
21
15
23
20
21
15
25
21
18
22
22
22
21
12
21
20
45
26
51
21
15
20
32
16
30
25
37
21
44
31
24
30
24
15
38
28
12
14
10
10
20
33
12
20
12
30
12
24
10
30
24
22
22
28
27
22
16
24
12
40
21
17
27
34
30
38
15
11
8
25
28
16
10
31
20
36
16
35
15
26
20
22
12
40
36
70
50
44
15
60
56
50
22
23
20
10
26
22
32
53
60
43
33
30
39
22
70
38
40
18
10
24
12
28
25
30
26
21
50
15
28
23
36
18
16
24
26
22
20
32
35
47
50
30
22
43
33
25
20
38
25
40
12
48
30
12
12
62
58
26
20
60
32
30
25
56
50
30
27
32
50
50
28
24
54
68
30
18
28
26
57
44
45
57
26
44
57
28
70
36
40
79
65
50
50
69
44
44
18
96
405
24
42
55
40
66
30
31
18
30
20
30
134
21
26
47
71
33
74
36
46
22
15
40
40
34
22
35
38
12
30
12
28
32
12
38
30
30
30
36
35
20
14
0
71
50
66
34
42
74
39
50
52
66
61
50
45
55
25
34
40
69
64
24
22
33
24
10
25
14
65
45
30
60
60
40
160
100
45
47
20
22
34
26
60
27
92
47
68
63
25
70
35
55
58
52
65
23
30
65
63
41
107
80
55
28
52
54
70
70
15
80
65
58
73
40
54
70
45
42
37
45
22
26
42
60
36
36
30
47
35
45
45
45
45
16
65
40
35
20
78
75
32
32
54
35
67
47
23
50
42
57
22
46
22
62
85
25
62
34
37
50
50
50
45
72
50
80
64
40
62
53
77
21
35
80
67
52
34
19
63
105
28
35
28
15
54
45
46
60
82
75
28
56
58
52
52
36
72
102
51
21
76
51
52
40
23
15
102
92
28
58
102
41
44
38
61
62
52
42
58
53
50
25
40
82
125
15
33
80
43
45
34
45
66
104
53
30
68
73
10
22
55
67
24
45
56
48
60
50
35
38
100
54
43
32
38
27
73
37
20
70
66
72
32
47
24
10
46
48
50
67
44
52
66
22
22
35
49
70
54
60
38
76
62
62
51
68
26
11
55
35
52
50
58
21
87
50
30
58
24
68
65
0

First custom build. Insurance settlement allowed me to build the touring bike I really wanted. Built in August, touring in September. Currently my main commuter bike as well.

Build

  • SRAM 2x10 drive train with 42/28 front and 11-36 rear
  • SRAM Apex shifters
  • Schmidt SON 28 front dynohub
  • LumotedIQ Fly head light
  • Old Man Mountain rear rack
  • Jand Extreme front rack (later changed to Tubus low rider)
  • Schwalbe Marathon 700x35c tires
  • Avid Shorty cantilever brakes

Tours

I've had the bike for 6 years now and it has been a great touring bike. Here are the tours I've done with it.

Plus a few overnight rides locally and to the coast.

Riding the Soma Saga through the pines west of Sisters OR.

Articles and Blog Posts

Service Log

Service Log - New Handlebars

Soma Saga
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Milage: 
17,428

Velo Orange Grand Cru Nouveau Randonneur Handlebar

Nouveau Randonneur Handlebar

Nouveau Randonneur Handlebar

These bars are wider than the old ones, with a shorter reach and shallower drop. We'll see if I like them as much as the older Rando bars on my Grando.

Service Log - Shorter stem

Soma Saga
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Milage: 
17,405

The new saddle (Brooks B17 Imperial Narrow) was telling me to sit up higher, so I flipped the stem back up, but then decided to get a shorter stem.

Service Log - New saddle

Soma Saga
Monday, October 15, 2018
Milage: 
17,176

Brooks B17 Imperial Narrow. I was feeling like the regular B17 was too wide and also applying too much pressure where it shouldn't.

Brooks B17 Imperial Narrow Saddle

Service Log - Steer Stopper

Soma Saga
Monday, August 6, 2018
Milage: 
1,680

Sam Stern had one of these Steer Stoppers on his Ritchy on Loop Tour and I thought "just the thing for the Saga". The VO steering damper really didn't work out that well. I'm really liking this.

Service Log - Compas Bon Jon Pass tires

Soma Saga
Monday, January 15, 2018
Milage: 
16,000

The Schwalbe Mondials have plenty of life left in them, but I wanted to try a more supple ride on the saga.

Service Log - Tires - Schwalbe Marathon Mondial

Soma Saga
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Milage: 
14,025
Schwalbe Marathon Mondial

This is the 3rd set of tires on this bike. All have been Schwalbe Marathons, but different versions. All have held up well for many miles with no flats.

Plus - 6,500 miles

Supreme - 7,500 miles

Service Log - VO wheel stabilizer

Soma Saga
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Milage: 
13,900

The Saga had always had terrible wheel flop when there is enough weight in the back to lift the front wheel. It has been a real pain. Everytime I park it the front wheel wants to flop to one side or the other. This should fix that.

VO wheel stabilizer
Here is what it looks like on the VO website.
VO wheel stabilizer
and here is what it looks like on my bike.

As you can see there is much less clearance on my bike. In fact it was not an easy installation. The fender had been mounted using a "L" bracket to the back of the fork where the bolt comes through. I removed the "L" bracket and installed a fork crown Daruma. This actually provided a better mount for the fender, and left enough room to install the stabilizer.

Fork Crown Daruma
This device fits up inside the fork with the brake bolt going through the hole. Then the fender is attached through a hole drilled at the top of the fender.