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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

87000
  • 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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