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Joe's Wolverine

Introducing our complete Soma Wolverines

 

 
 

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After building up a wide variety of Soma Wolverines for a wide variety of customers, we decided to offer complete Wolverines in three flavors. There’s the Daily Grinder, the Gravelo, and the Weltgrinder Rohloff. If you guessed these are optimized for commuting, gravel, and touring, you’re right.

The Wolverine is now available in a flat black as well as the orange. It’s also now available in size 62, though at the moment quantities are very limited.

The Wolverine Daily Grinder, shown below, is a belt-drive, Alfine-8 commuter with hydraulic disc brakes. The semi-sweptback handlebars give you a moderately upright posture that make the ride sublime. It really is a different, calmer experience than riding the same bike with flat bars. (If you want flat bars, though, we won’t “steer” you away.)

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Black Wolverine Daily Grinder

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Below is Joe’s personal Wolverine, featuring a triple crankset for trailer-towing duty, a complete dynamo system, Joe Bike Most Sexiest hammered copper fenders, a Soma porteur rack, Brooks saddle, and leather grips.

Joe's Wolverine

 

The  Wolverine Gravelo is our 29er gravel and adventure build featuring flaired drop bars or Jones Loop bars, high-volume tires, a 2×10 Tiagra or Apex drivetrain, and BB7 mechanical disc brakes.

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Here’s a Gravelo with Jones Loop handlebars.Gravel Grando Mr Jones

The Wolverine Weltgrinder Rohloff

The Weltgrinder Rohloff is our continent-crosser. Featuring a Rohloff 14-speed hub, belt drive, Jones Loop bars, TRP HyRd hydromechanical disc brakes, front and rear heavy-duty racks, a SON Schmidt dynamo hub, a phone-charging Busch & Mueller Luxos U head light, and a Busch & Mueller tail light. (Note: the V2 version of the frame, which is what we carry, has received the Rohloff/Gates seal of approval.)

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Want more examples? Okay.

Chris's Wolverine

Chris’s Wolverine. Those are Casey’s Crazy Bars wrapped in Brooks tape, along with PDW leather grips and a Selle Anatomica leather saddle. The drivetrain is Rohloff/belt, which is something to be discussed before entering into. Shutter Precision/Supernova dynamo system, BB7 brakes, Schwalbe Marathons.

 

An example of a city build, in this case the city being New York. Alfine 8, belt drive, BB7 disc brakes, FSA Metropolis bars for a more upright right, Axiom Streamliner Disc DLX rack, SKS RaceBlade detachable fenders, and 35 mm Michelin Protek Max tires.

An example of a city build, in this case the city being New York. Alfine 8, belt drive, BB7 disc brakes, FSA Metropolis bars for a more upright right, Axiom Streamliner Disc DLX rack, SKS RaceBlade detachable fenders, and 35 mm Michelin Protek Max tires.

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Singlespeed build with belt drive. Steerer tube is left uncut til the customer decides the best height.

Here find more narrative direct from Soma:

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 Split Sliding Dropouts, you can turn it into a single-speed CX bike. Plus it is compatible with the Gates Carbon Drive.
– Tange Prestige heat-treated CrMo front triangle; butted CrMo rear end
– Clearance for 700x45c tires w/ fenders
– Rear hub spacing: 135mm
– Gates Carbon belt drive compatible
– Matching lugged flat crown fork Tange Infinity CrMo steel fork; double eyelets pannier rack and mini rack mounts (mini rack mounts not pictured)
– Braze-ons for rear rack and fenders (disc brake-compatible racks only)
– 1-1/8″ size headtube
– Sizes: 50, 52, 54, 56, 58cm,  60
– 4.79 lbs (frame); 2.3 lbs. (fork, uncut steerer)
– Color: Pumpkin Orange – Compatible with Paragon Machine Works replacement dropouts (Rohloff, Single Speed, Direct Mount, Thru Axle)

 

 

 

 

B&M Lumotec IQ-X

A new champ among dynamo lights: the Busch & Mueller Lumotec IQ-X

 

Busch & Mueller have outdone their top-of-the-line Luxos headlights with the 100 lux IQ-X. This is the most powerful dynamo headlight we know of.

iq-xHere’s the IQ-X at 100 lux…

…and below is the B&M Cyo Premium at 80 lux.

Cyo Premium at 80 lux

 

…and below you’ll see all the 10-lux increments of the IQ-X:

10 to 100 lux

The IQ-X’s new optical system produces a smoother distribution of light on the road than any other headlight. You can set the light to the power that you want, ranging from 10 to 100 lux in 10-lux increments. How does 100 lux translate into lumens? From a cyclist’s perspective, there is no translation. Lumens describes the amount of light produced, whereas lux describes the amount or intensity of light thrown upon a given area at a given distance. From a cyclist’s perspective, lux is a much more meaningful indicator of a light’s usefulness. For more, see this Urban Velo post.

The housing is anodized aluminum and acts as the heat sink for the LED.

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The IQ-X has a standing light (like all the B&M lights we carry), as well as daytime running lights. A senso automatically switches to either daytime or nighttime mode. It does not have a blinking mode, and that’s good, because a blinking light this powerful would be extremely annoying, not to mention dangerous, to oncoming traffic. Mounting: compatible with other Busch & Müller headlight mounts. The included mount will work on most bikes. As with other B&M headlights, it includes wiring for a tail light.

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The sleek appearance of the IQ-X is also a big step forward for Busch & Mueller.

IQ-X is $146, less expensive than the Luxos B!

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We hope B&M will offer a USB port version of the IQ-X that, like the Luxos U, lets you charge phones, cameras, and other devices while you pedal.

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We keep both black and silver in stock whenever possible. They can be purchased online, tax-free, at our online store.