Soma Wolverine , Gravel Light Tourer , Premium

R 87,000.00
benmore, Gauteng
a brand new , no expense spared build , done & researched carefully over 2 years .
built by nils hansen & rolf niemayer at woodstock cycleworks.
the absolute best of everything , aesthetically matched by industrial designer.
dense with very high tech but appears retro & minimal , matte black with matched coffee colour wheels / saddle & bar tape
a fast , light tourer with rohloff speedhub triggered by gebla modifies sram brifters , with gates carbon drive
i haven't ridden her as i don't want to spoil her for her next owner
price breakdown available on request , it's exactly what i paid over 5 shipments
willing to ship inside sa to major cities

brief rationale :
i was looking for a light tourer and a gravel bike to mission on south africa’s dirt roads .
david malan & nils hansen both spoke of the legendary supple ride of steel frames , and they said they had just the thing for me
a wolverine
then he showed me the gravel tyres , coffee brown sidewalled shikkoro’s!
and ever since i’ve been battling to combine the proportions of colour to brown .
so i went for coffee brown saddle & bartape , and made the rest kinda stealthy retro tech , mostly black , hints of silver .
high tech you can’t see in a rohloff hub and the no-maintenance gates carbon drive
it’s incredible how such a technically packed machine can appear so minimal
i think i’ll christen her double espresso

the [ long ] tale of the wolverine .

it all started with david malan from everyday cycle co. , my colleague from industrial 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 !
finally we bought a silver one and 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 .

cost breakdown :

frame : Soma Wolverine 58, matte black 10000

forks : Soma , butted, steel , curved

front hub : SON 28 dynamo hub 3000

headset : thompson 1200

headset cap : Cinq5 the plug III, usb / power amplifier 2400

handlebars : farr gravel cross 2000

bar tape : Giles Berthoud , brown, calf 1000

bar ends : soma 150

brifters : SRAM Force 22 [ modified to trigger gebla rohbox ] 5000

brakes : Yokozuna MoToko , cable actuated disc brakes, black 4000

bb : THUN GBL 550 [ only bb with correct chainline - had to be ordered from the factory in germany ] 350

crank : Gates Carbon Drive CDX Crankset 5 arm , 1800

front sprocket : Gates Carbon Drive CDX Expedition , 50t 2500

belt : Gates Carbon Drive CDX , 118t 900

pedals : Shimano XT , spd 2000

seat collar : Soma Bolo seat collar 500

seat stem : Thompson 2000

saddle : Giles Berthoud Aravis , brown , titanium rails 3000

dropouts : Paragon Machine Works 1400

bolts / washers : Paragon Machine Works , titanium 1300

rear hub : Rohloff Speedhub 500 / 14 20000

rear sprocket carrier : Rohloff carrier , threaded , to Gates Carbon Drive 800

rear sprocket : Gates Carbon Drive CDX , stainless steel , 19t 1800

shiftbox : Gebla Rohbox 3000

wheels : DT swiss 2000

spokes : DT swiss 1000

tyres : Soma Shikkoro kevlar bead , coffee & black , x 2 1400

postage : on 5 shipments 5000

taxes : on 5 shipments 7000

sundries : 500

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  • Date listed: 21 November 2018 - 06:31
  • Condition: New
  • Advertiser: robowil (Private user)
  • Advert ID: 335723

Key Specs


  • Size 58cm
  • Model Year 2018

Components


  • Frame & Fork tange steel , matte black
  • Wheelset matched set , gravel
  • Front derailleur gates carbon drive CDX
  • Rear derailleur rohloff speedhub 500 / 14 [ 520% / 14 gears evenly spaced ]
  • Shifters sram brifters [ modified with gebla kit to up/down shift rohloff ]
  • Brakes yokozuna motoko disc [ cable actuated hydraulic ]
  • Crankset gates carbon drive CDX
  • Cassette rohloff speedhub 500 / 14 [ 520% / 14 gears evenly spaced ]
  • Seatpost thompson
  • Saddle giles berthoud aravis , titanium / leather [ matched coffee colour ]
  • Stem thompson
  • Handlebar farr gravel , giles berthoud calf bar tape [ matched coffee colour ]
  • Pedals shimano XT
  • Tyres soma shikkoro kevlar [ matched coffee colour ]
  • Other front hub son 28 produces power via usb plug on stem

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Comments & questions

Clinton H, Nov 21 2018 08:36

90 k steel bike ? you gonna need more pics and details so average Joe can see value in your special steed .

robowil, Nov 21 2018 08:47

thank you for your comment .

for race obsessed  south africa a strong pliable gravel disc light tourer with internal hub may not cut it, but if you've researched gravel touring bikes this has all the premium options they are over 5000usd and you haven't imported it yet!

i'll take more pics

Fu Dog, Nov 22 2018 01:46

That is a lovely bike.

 

As far as I know, smallest size they make is a 50. Can you confirm?

robowil, Nov 22 2018 03:28

well spotted , that's a typo , it's a 58 !

robowil, Nov 22 2018 03:52

90 k steel bike ? you gonna need more pics and details so average Joe can see value in your special steed .

hi clinton , i've added more pics , and more rationale and a cost breakdown , i hope this is helpful to you .

broncoza, Nov 25 2018 09:20

I have seen this bike at EveryDay in CT for the spec it’s worth every cent, not some off the peg tourer. GLWTS!

Prince Albert Cycles, Dec 01 2018 12:42

this IS something special.

Rainier, Dec 05 2018 11:45

Why did you pay so much for XT pedals? They are available for around R1000