Soma Fabrications: ES – Extra Smooth Road Frame
The “ES” means ‘extra smooth.’ It might not be as quick handling as the Sour Smoothie or other dedicated race frames, but it is still quite fast and you’ll actually gain valuable stability on speedy descents and the ability to fit wider tires. An ideal choice for multi-day charity rides, centuries, credit card touring and fast commuting. For 2016, we have shaved the number of sizes a little, but have kept the hard to find 66cm size..
Allow up to 4 weeks for your order to be shipped.
Available on backorder
ES (Extra Smooth) Review
Thousand Mile Review: Soma ES
I picked out Soma’s Smoothie ES, as opposed to the Smoothie model for two reasons: there was a need to fit bigger tires and the geometry fit me better. I planned to use the bike as my Rando, dirt road explorer, and everyday workhorse. Haven’t done a brevet yet, but the bike has fulfilled in every other way….
…the frame’s smoothness comes mainly from tire choice. If I were to fall to convention, and hit those points that marketing departments and engineers love to brag about I would have to say that the frame is stiff enough. I’ve pushed it hard in the saddle, out of the saddle for sprints, on climbs, and through corners. While the bike doesn’t spin up fast, it does get up speeds that I would consider fast and maintains its great handling.
Over the last thousand miles I’ve ridden the bike on long steep paved climbs, a converted railroad grade into the foothills of the Cascades, long days daily commutes and even a bit of singletrack and never felt like the bike was lacking in anyway. It also looks good, classic even. I plan on using this bike to pursue this season’s Randonneuring goals.
Bottom line is that the bike is fun, stable and comfortable. If you want steel, and can’t swing the price of going custom, then you should check this bike out.
Soma ES Review from Momentum Magazine (66cm size)
Sturdy, heat-treated, butted cromoly steel frame available up to 66 cm. Outfitted with Super Everwear tires, Mini front and Deco rear racks, Sparrow townie handlebars, Shotwell stem, Doublerow threadless headset, Hellyer track crankset, and Raindog fenders all from Soma. [Tester rode the 66cm, first outfitted with road bars, then with Soma Sparrow bars.]
Tell Your Friends: If you dream of biking daily in the city, with the occasional jaunt out of town, then this bike is for you. A solid, all-purpose, well-made bike available at a fair price.
Wish List: The frame is so ideal that it is a shame the ES isn’t sold as a complete bike. Luckily, Soma has a branded version of enough components that you can build a complete “Soma bike” starting with this frame.
Ideal Rider: The Soma ES is perfect for city riding. The frame geometry is a good starting point for a bike focused on comfort or speed. It is versatile enough for a variety of riding, from long distances to short commutes.
Overall: Classified as a “Road Sport” frame, the Soma ES is well priced and well built. The ES could stand for extra special, or sporty, or smooth, or sexy, or sophisticated. Any of these adjectives would be spot on for a bike that is ready for anything a city could throw at it.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the differences between the ES and the Smoothie?
The Smoothie has a racing geometry and will have more responsive steering and quicker cornering.
While the ES has a “road sport” geometry, it is not a lazy steering bike by any means, just takes a little more effort to make those passing moves in a club ride than a pure race bike. But the advantage the ES has over the Smoothie is that it rides more stable at high speeds. It takes less effort to keep under control, which is why we recommend the ES over the Smoothie on long charity rides and centuries, where race-like handling is not only not needed, but a distraction to the rider.
The ES uses the same tubing diameters and gauges of the Smoothie, so weight difference is negligible.
The ES also offers more tire clearance so you can run fatter tires (for comfort) or fit fenders.
What’s the rear hub spacing?
Rear hub spacing: 130mm
What brakes and fork does the ES need?
Needs to use 57mm reach road brakes and fork to match
Unsolicited Testimonials from SOMA ES Buyers
“The Smoothie ES is an EXCELLENT road sport frame. I got the 2007 model with Tange Prestige tubing and I couldn’t be more pleased. I just built it and took it for a 50 mile ride. It handles great without being mushy or flexy. Considering the price, this has got to be the best value out there for a road sport frame. Great for anyone looking for an all-arounder, long distance bike, credit card tourer, etc. I had a Rivendell Rambouillet and I think the Smoothie ES delivers 90% of the features and ride quality of the Rambo for 1/4 the price! I was always concerned with paying heaps for a frame and then taking it out in bad conditions (rain, dirt, mud, etc.). For the price of the ES, I’m less concerned about the bad conditions and enjoying the ride.
I just wanted to send you an email to thank you for making 64cm Soma ES frames. I’m 6’5” tall with a very long inseam measurement and my new 64cm Soma Smoothie ES frame is just what I needed. It’s like getting a custom bicycle at a non-custom price. It’s really a great frame. I took it for my first two rides this weekend for a total of about 70 miles or so. It rode great. I really like the relaxed geometry and longer wheelbase. This is my third bicycle and it’s a great addition to my collection. Thank you.
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