Soma Saga

Purchased from: 

First custom build. Insurance settlement allowed me to build the touring bike I really wanted. Built in August, touring in September. Currently my main commuter bike as well.


  • SRAM 2x10 drive train with 42/28 front and 11-36 rear
  • SRAM Apex shifters
  • Schmidt SON 28 front dynohub
  • LumotedIQ Fly head light
  • Old Man Mountain rear rack
  • Jand Extreme front rack (later changed to Tubus low rider)
  • Schwalbe Marathon 700x35c tires
  • Avid Shorty cantilever brakes


I've had the bike for 6 years now and it has been a great touring bike. Here are the tours I've done with it.

Plus a few overnight rides locally and to the coast.

Riding the Soma Saga through the pines west of Sisters OR.

Articles and Blog Posts

Service Log

Soma Saga
Saturday, May 13, 2023

New wheel, cassette, chain, brake pads

Broke a spike and was going to replace it, but the rim was worn out. Rear wheel. Need to do front soon. 

Soma Saga
Thursday, January 10, 2019

New Handlebars

Velo Orange Grand Cru Nouveau Randonneur Handlebar

Nouveau Randonneur Handlebar

Nouveau Randonneur Handlebar

These bars are wider than the old ones, with a shorter reach and shallower drop. We'll see if I like them as much as the older Rando bars on my Grando.

Soma Saga
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Shorter stem

The new saddle (Brooks B17 Imperial Narrow) was telling me to sit up higher, so I flipped the stem back up, but then decided to get a shorter stem.

Soma Saga
Monday, October 15, 2018

New saddle

Brooks B17 Imperial Narrow. I was feeling like the regular B17 was too wide and also applying too much pressure where it shouldn't.

Brooks B17 Imperial Narrow Saddle

Soma Saga
Monday, August 6, 2018

Steer Stopper

Sam Stern had one of these Steer Stoppers on his Ritchy on Loop Tour and I thought "just the thing for the Saga". The VO steering damper really didn't work out that well. I'm really liking this.

Soma Saga
Monday, January 15, 2018

Compas Bon Jon Pass tires

The Schwalbe Mondials have plenty of life left in them, but I wanted to try a more supple ride on the saga.

Soma Saga
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Tires - Schwalbe Marathon Mondial

Schwalbe Marathon Mondial

This is the 3rd set of tires on this bike. All have been Schwalbe Marathons, but different versions. All have held up well for many miles with no flats.

Plus - 6,500 miles

Supreme - 7,500 miles

Soma Saga
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

VO wheel stabilizer

The Saga had always had terrible wheel flop when there is enough weight in the back to lift the front wheel. It has been a real pain. Everytime I park it the front wheel wants to flop to one side or the other. This should fix that.

VO wheel stabilizer
Here is what it looks like on the VO website.
VO wheel stabilizer
and here is what it looks like on my bike.

As you can see there is much less clearance on my bike. In fact it was not an easy installation. The fender had been mounted using a "L" bracket to the back of the fork where the bolt comes through. I removed the "L" bracket and installed a fork crown Daruma. This actually provided a better mount for the fender, and left enough room to install the stabilizer.

Fork Crown Daruma
This device fits up inside the fork with the brake bolt going through the hole. Then the fender is attached through a hole drilled at the top of the fender.