David wanted a custom, do-all, ‘last-bike-he’ll-ever-buy‘ kind of commuter bike. Over a 10-month period he chatted to our staff member Ed, who took him through various options. He looked at the Jamis Renegade series, but decided he wanted to go with flat handlebars for the extra comfort they afforded. He thought about a Soma Wolverine as well, a bike that we’ve done some amazing builds with. But in the end he was smitten by the gorgeous red paint job of the Soma Fog Cutter.
And it was a flexible enough platform for the kind of build he wanted to do. It had ample clearance for the 32mm tyres plus the Velo Orange black hammered fenders that you see pictured (the Soma Fog Cutter can clear 700X42mm tyres without fenders). It had eyelets for the mounting of a rear rack. And the Tange Prestige tubing and matching carbon fork provided a supple, comfortable ride quality.
It’s a high quality build, with Shimano Deore XT hydraulic disc brakes, a matching drivetrain, and hand-built wheels using Mavic Open Pro rims. Comfort was a high priority for David, and as such he went for a swept back handlebar, in this case, a Salsa Bend 2. We fitted them with his choice of the super comfy Ergon GP3 ergonomic grips, which provides ample wrist support and an alternative hand position at the end of the bars. And for seating he opted for the Selle Royal Scientia, a saddle that’s become popular amongst our customers for its posterior-friendliness.
And last but not least, this Soma Fog Cutter has been fitted with a Shutter Precision dynamo front hub, which allows David to charge his devices via USB while he rides, and perhap opt for integrated lighting in the future. Go on, feast your eyes.