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Soma Wolverine 700c/650b V2 Frame
$499.00 - $646.00
Joe Bike has built up more Wolverines than any bike shop in the world, so throw us your ideas; we've probably already done it. There are now three fork options for the Wolverine, so we're now selling the frame separately from the fork. See Related Items. The original inspiration for the Wolverine was "monster cross", but it is seriously so much more. Its geometry is stable enough for off road touring, but sporty enough for all-around adventure. With its Tange/IRD Sliding Dropouts, you can turn it into a single-speed CX bike. With a split seatstay, it is compatible with the Gates Carbon Belt Drive. - Clearance for 700x45c tires w/fenders (applies to rear only--fork clearance depends on Wolverine fork and ranges from about 44mm max tire width for the carbon fork, to 44-45mm for the thru-axle steel fork, and about 51mm for the quick-release steel fork). -700c or 650b compatible - Rear hub spacing: 135mm - Gates Carbon belt-drive compatible - Rohloff compatible, and now Rohloff/Gates approved! The Wolverine can be built up any way you like, such as with a belt and internal gearing or a conventional drivetrain. Skinny tires, 650b,.singlespeed, internally geared, or conventional derailleur and chain. Drop bars or flat. This is the updated V 2 frame, which features a seatstay splitter (to get the belt in the frame), whereas in the original frame the split was at the dropout. The V2 offers Rohloff+Gates compatibility, whereas the older frame allowed either/or but not both. We're offering our own Wolverine complete builds optimized for city, gravel, or touring. We call them the Daily Grinder, the Gravelo, and the Weltgrinder Rohloff, respectively. Note that this frame will need to be prepped (faced, chased, T-9 sprayed, etc.). We charge $70 to prep frames bought from us (and $105 for frames not bought from us).

Helpful FAQ's

How does One Install a belt on the Second Generation (V2) of the Soma Wolverine Frame?
This version of the Wolverine Soma Frame (V2) comes with what's called a Split Seatstay Design. This allows you to easily install / replace a Gates Belt by unbolting the right seatstay and then sliding the belt through the gap. (see detail pic below)

Soma Wolverine V2 Split Seatstay detail photo

What are the best style of Brakes to use with the Soma Wolverine?
The best option are brakes that have 160mm rotors (for great stopping power) and that fit international standard mounts that are specced on the Wolverine.
I want to build up the Wolverine, wwhat are the specs I need in order to get the right components?
Front derailleur clamp: 28.6mm
Rear hub spacing: 135mm
Seatpost: 27.2mm
Seat Collar: 29.8mm to 30mm (NOT INCLUDED W FRAME)
Headset: 1-1/8" external cup (SHIS: EC34/28.6 | EC34/30)
Bottom Bracket Shell: 68mm wide, English Threaded
Brake Compatibility: 160mm rotors, International Standard Disc mounts
Chainstay length range: 425-440mm (Soma Fabrications strongly recommend you avoid placing wheel in the Very back of dropout- bad things happen)
Water bottle bosses: 2 sets of mounts
What is the recommended Carbon Drive Setup for the Soma Wolverine
For the Alfine 8 spd hub, we recommend 46t front, 24t rear, and 115 length belt, with the dropout set at 440mm from the center of the BB axle. We recommend the new Center-Track system. Please note: Shimano Alfine Di2 does not fit on the Wolverine due to the Di2's Belt line is not compatible with the Soma Wolverine.

For the Rohloff hubs (compatible with this Split-seatstay design): For a gravel Grinder setup we love setting it up with a 55t in Front x 19t in back with a 115 Belt; 440.19 chainstay setting is a great starting point. For touring or adventure /trail use, use a smaller front ring.

For Single Speed setups: 46t in front x 26t in back x 115 belt and set the chainstay to 435.19mm

We strongly recommend you use the Gates Drive Calculator to figure out your gearing - it is a real help. We recommend starting with 430mm as a chainstay length. This will help you get a useful belt length when you plug in your preferred f

Soma Wolverine Daily Grinder (complete city build) 2017
$1,979.00 - $2,975.00
Joe Bike's own Soma Wolverine Daily Grinder housebuild features all the things we look for in an ultimate commuter bike: belt drive, internal gearing, robust tires, and disc brakes, along with an optional dynamo system, fenders, and rack. Together these give you a weatherproof, clean, quiet, ultra-low-maintenance bike that's ideal for less-than-perfect conditions. Fully rack- and fender-friendly. Semi-sweptback handlebars give you a slightly more upright position than flat bars will, yet still lets you put your impressive strength into your pedalstroke. The 46/22 gearing with Alfine 8 is set up for moderately high-speed riding on your typical mildly hilly Portland terrain (excluding the west hills, that is). However, if you'll be hauling some weight with you, climbing steep grades, or just wanting to take it easy, we can lighten this up by using a 24t cog...or even a 26t...at no extra charge. Just ask. And now, we can build the Daily Grinder up with drop bars, thanks to the recent appearance of Alfine-8 bar-end/downtube shifter from MicroShift and an integrated shifter/levers from Portland's own Gevenalle. Get in touch if you're interested. We can also do an Alfine 11 Wolverine with drop bars using Microshift's STI-like 11-speed shifter. Questions people ask us about this bike: Q: Don't I need to adjust the belt tension every time I reinstall the rear wheel, such as when I change a flat? A: No. Soma, along with a few others, "gets" belt drive and have designed their dropouts accordingly. In this case, Soma uses Paragon sliding dropouts. The only time you should need to check and adjust belt tension is in the future, when the belt teeth gradually erode and the tension therefore gradually slackens. This adjustment is easily done on the Wolverine, and you won't have to do it for maybe the first 2,000 miles or so, although this depends on your riding style. The Portlandistan version adds a premium dynamo system, stylish Full Metal Fenders from Portland Design Works, and a light but stiff Axiom Streamliner Disc DLX rack, which has twice the capacity of most racks. Q: Can I make substitutions or other changes? A: Sure, but the price will likely change. We sourced build kits at a lower cost than you'd expect, and that's reflected in the surprisingly low price of the bike. But just let us know what you have in mind (email is best). Q: What are some upgrades I should consider? A: A Brooks Cambium or leather saddle would be nice. Either PDW Whiskey leather ergo grips or Ergon Biokork ergo grips would make good sense. If you want to charge your smartphone, Garmin, or camera off of the dynamo system, the Busch & Mueller Luxos U headlight does that very well, although it's expensive ($258). Kickstands are highly underrated. Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tires would make you the customer of our dreams.

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Soma Wolverine Gravelo 650b or 700c
$1,875.00 - $2,525.00
Think of the Wolverine Gravelo as an off-pavement randonneur, a 700c or 650b (your choice) 2 x 10 build that we've optimized for adventures far from pavement, where the deer and the antelope play in the middle of the road, just like you. There's a higher-level Gravelo, which we call the Powerplant build. It includes a Shutter Precision dynamo hub, a Busch & Mueller Luxos U front light that charges your phone or external battery, and a Busch & Mueller tail light (your choice depending on mounting position). If you do go with a dynamo hub, we suggest the 650b build in order to get current to your lights at lower speed. The Gravelo joins our other Soma Wolverine builds: the Daily Grinder city build and the Weltgrinder Rohloff touring build. We'll post pictures of the 650b build soon.

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Soma Wolverine Touring Rohloff
$4,450.00 - $5,150.00
*650b Wolverine builds available on request. Now that the Wolverine has passed the stiffness test that lets us match Rohloff with belt drive, we've created the Weltgrinder, a complete touring build that gives you Rohloff's famously wide gear range and extraordinary durability along with Gates Carbon Drive for lower maintenance and greater longevity than a chain. Jones Loop carbon handlebars give you multiple hand positions for long days on the road, with superior positioning for both climbing and descending.* A Schmidt/Busch & Mueller dynamo system (or Schmidt/Klite for even brighter light) lets you charge smartphones and external battery packs while you pedal is part of the deal, as are front and rear racks(Jandd Extreme and Surly Formerly Known as Nice Rack, respectively). 36-spoke Velocity Dyad rims, Surly Knard 700 x 41 tires, Chris King headset, Thomson seatpost...you get the picture. The price includes all of these things; there's a nondynamo build and a dynamo build. Weltgrinder includes tons of American-made components like the Velocity rims, the Gates system, the Chris King headset, the Thomson seatpost, and the carbon Jones Loop Bars, along with the German-made hubs and lights, and let's not forget the English saddle. This is truly a bike built for the world. Are you grossly unfamiliar with Jones Loop bars? We could not explain their virtues better than this copy from the Jones website: Better handling and power output The shape of the Jones Loop bar really allows you to throw the bike around in technical situations. With your hands in the wide and rearward grip position you can keep your weight back and your arm stance wide for stable and controlled technical or steep downhill riding. This position is just like having a wide bar with a short stem, similar to a downhill or dirt jumping bike, but with more sweep. This additional sweep brings your arms in closer to your side to allow more comfortable and natural use of your arm and back muscles. The sweep also allows you to push and swing the bike side to side with more control and power. It's especially beneficial when climbing. These bars allow you to really get up on top of the pedals and grind out low cadence standing power for climbing in hard gears which is why the bar is so popular with single speeders. Your hands pull more towards your shoulders, a more natural 'pull' with stronger muscles. This allows you to push down with more force at the pedal. In extremely tight turns with the bar close to 90 degrees your outside arm and wrist is not taken to the edge of their flexible range as with traditional bars. This provides more control and stability on switch backs. More comfortable and ergonomic The sweep matches your natural hand and wrist positions creating a stronger hand and body position. With an H-Bar, your weight is evenly distributed across the width of your hand instead of being focused at the out side edge of your hand, the main cause of finger numbness. This 'even grip pressure' on the bar allows a better, more secure grip on the bar. This is especially nice if you chose to ride a fully rigid bike. The many and varied hand positions greatly reduce hand numbness and wrist pain. The H-Bar also reduces back pain since it has a range of hand positions from rear to front. This range allows you to move around and stretch your back. This is a bar you can ride all day.

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For more information on Jones Loop bars, a review from Bikepackers Magazine can be found at http://bikepackersmagazine.com/jones-bikes-loop-h-bars/.
Raleigh Cadent i8 belt-compatible frameset
$199.00 $550.00 64% Savings
Did someone say Fun Bike Project? Did someone say inexpensive belt-drive bike? Now you can build up your own disc-brake, belt-drive bike without spending very much at all. The Cadent frame can be built up almost any way you like: belt/singlespeed, belt/internal gearing, chain/singlespeed, chain/internal gearing, or (with an available derailleur hanger) chain/conventional derailleur. Drop bars can be used instead but will affect handling and body position a bit--remember drop bars will effectively lengthen the cockpit, so you may want to downsize if you're geometrically on the fence. The Cadent i8 frame has a basic road geometry but is designed for flat or swept-back handlebars. It excels as a speedy around-town bike but can be used for much more. Constructed of AL-6061 custom-formed butted alloy tubing with a seatstay splitter (so the belt can go in) and an eccentric bottom bracket shell. Carbon fork with alloy steerer. Includes a quick-release seatpost collar and a headset. Does not include a bottom bracket. Room for tires up to about 36mm. Fender and rack mounts. Belt guard can be removed. This frame is notably lighter than the beefy Raleigh Misceo i8 framesets that we also have, and of course the carbon fork is much lighter than the Misceo's steel fork. These frames are new but were assembled into complete bikes at the factory before we got them.
Raleigh Misceo 4.0 belt-compatible frameset
$99.00 $450.00 78% Savings
If you're belt-drive curious and budget conscious, we now have sturdy, versatile framesets that we're clearing out at very low cost. This frame can be built up almost any way you like: belt/singlespeed, belt/internal gearing, chain/singlespeed, or chain/internal gearing, or (with an available derailleur hanger) chain/conventional derailleur. Great for on-road or trail use. Alloy frame, steel fork. 135 mm rear spacing. Plenty of room for wider tires (up to 45 mm without fenders, 40 mm with) make this suitable for pothole-smoothing urban stompers as well as ungroomed nontechnical trails, rail trails, and the like. Includes seatpost collar and eccentric bottom bracket shell. Does not include a bottom bracket or headset. See Related Items for the derailleur hanger you would need if you're going to use a rear derailleur. These frames were originally built up as complete 2015 bikes in a factory. We disassembled them. They are new. We can ship to anywhere in the contiguous 48 states. If you are outside that area, get in touch for a shipping quote and please provide the frame size, your postal code, and your country.
Raleigh RXS
$799.00
We can convert the RXS to Gates belt drive for around $300. The stock bike now comes with a chain. Ready to race cross in it's simplest form? Hop on an RXS single speed with one gear, zero cables, and a strong will, then prepare to crank your heart out while you stand and deliver. Made with the tried and true Raleigh cross frame but with belt drive capability, the RXS is a classic example of Raleigh's single speed cross bikes we've been building for over a decade, because cyclocross is part of our DNA, our heritage. The mid-high-end RXS cross bike has a superlight alloy cross frame with internal brake routing and thru-axle, full carbon fork with flat mount disc and hydraulic disc brakes for the ultimate stopping power in all conditions. Tubeless-ready Impulse wheels with Clement MXP tires make this race proven, course conquering cyclocross machine a top pick. Of course, the RXS can also be used for more than just racing, so take it around town or to the office to fully appreciate its magic.
Montague Allston
$1,899.00
The Allston is Montague's new full-size folder featuring belt drive, Alfine 11 internal gearing, hydraulic disc brakes, a rack that doubles as a kickstand. And it uses Montague's new DirectConnect folding mechanism for a stiffer, stronger bike with easier folding.
Marin Fairfax SC6 DLX
$2,349.00
Upgrades for 2017: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tires, carbon seatpost, silver/white decals and highlights that are also reflective. So how much did they raise the price to account for these improvements? Negative $70--the price went down to $2349. Unlike almost all other bike manufacturers, Marin seems to have paid close attention to the national "ultimate urban bike" and "ultimate utility bike" competitions that Oregon Manifest has organized in the past few years. A preponderance of those bikes share a set of attributes that we wish were on all urban-oriented bikes: Gates Carbon Drive (belt drive)--cleaner, more durable, much lower maintenance than a chain An internally geared hub such as Shimano Alfine 11--cleaner, more reliable, longer lasting, with far less maintenance, no rust, and scant or zero gunk Disc brakes, particularly hydraulic disc brakes for superior stopping power and modulation in all kinds of weather (especially rain) A dynamo hub with front and rear dynamo lights--a complete, very powerful, autonomous lighting system you pretty much never have to worry about Fenders--of course A rack--of course Now, these also happen to be the attributes that most of the bikes we sell go out the door with. That is, after we're finished rebuilding the front wheel around a dynamo hub and adding the lights, rack, fenders, and whatnot. Marin has made its own version of such a bike, right out of the box: the Fairfax SC6. This one is sold mostly in Northern Europe, with small numbers available in North America. Not skimping on the details, Marin spec'd the Fairfax SC6 with exactly the things we use on high-end custom builds: outstanding Supernova front and rear lights, which are about as good as it gets Shimano Alfine dynamo hub Super high-quality, puncture-resistant, long-lasting tires (Schwalbe Marathon Supreme, 700x32) stiff aero rims (seriously, you'll be surprised what a difference this makes to your speed) Shimano T445 hydraulic disc brakes High-quality 6061 aluminum tubing Carbon fork with alloy steerer Internal cable routing Alfine 11 internal gearing with a very wide, 409% gear range Gates Carbon Drive CenterTrack belt system with 50/22 gearing, which optimizes the Alfine 11 hub's range for spirited city riding in places without steep hills. We can adjust gearing down without a problem, for $65. Ergon brand ergonomic grips Fenders (alloy) powdercoated to match the stealthy, matte black frame A Racktime Custom Integrated Match-It QL3 rear rack with mounting systems for Ortlieb and Racktime bags (as well as other bags) A chainstay-mounted kickstand In short, it's like Marin gets us. Bicycling Magazine wrote this about the Fairfax SC6. For sizing information and more information, see Marin's SC6 page. Fairfax is geared a bit higher than Spot Acme and some other bikes with an Alfine 11 drivetrain. This is the one and only complaint we've had with the bike (and it's the one and only complaint in the Outside Magazine review below.) But don't worry: if you've got stuff to carry and hills to climb, we've got a solution for you. Just ask!
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