The Trav­eller

Bicycling (South Africa) - - STORIES - R9 200 (DC frame­set) ev­ery­day­cy­cle­sup­plyco.com

As you read this, the SOMA Saga fea­tured here is well into an un­for­get­table 14 538km jour­ney from Cape Town to Nor­way. Avail­able as a frame­set only, the Saga is de­signed as a long- dis­tance ‘loaded’ tour­ing bike, mean­ing it’s built specif­i­cally to carry all of your trav­el­ling equip­ment.

With this in mind, every­thing about the Saga is in­tended to be ro­bust, durable and long-last­ing. Be­cause when you’re ped­alling your bike thou­sands of kilo­me­tres, ev­ery el­e­ment of the frame needs to be bul­let­proof.

The Saga is con­structed from Tange Pres­tige CrMo tub­ing with a 31.8mm butted down­tube and top tube pro­vid­ing ex­tra stiff­ness in the front tri­an­gle. As heavy loads will be car­ried on the fork and han­dle­bar, the Saga’s head tube has been re­in­forced, mak­ing it al­most im­pos­si­ble to oval-ise.

Ge­om­e­try and tube lengths are all geared to­wards ride com­fort and sta­bil­ity, as the added weight of fully-laden pan­niers can com­pro­mise han­dling if the ge­om­e­try is too ag­gres­sive.

One of the Saga’s great­est at­tributes is its ver­sa­til­ity in terms of build kits: in col­lab­o­ra­tion with SOMA lo­cally – or in­de­pen­dently, with your LBS – you can build up your Saga to ex­actly suit the type of tour­ing (or com­mut­ing) you plan on do­ing most reg­u­larly.

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