- Customer Reviews
The Soma Mixte is a versatile beast, with forward facing dropouts and derailleur hanger. Despite the perception of unisex frames being perhaps for those a little infirm to cope with a diamond frame, or attired as to preclude sporty riding, the seat tube is quite steep and the (virtual) top tube reasonably long. Material is chromoly steel, natch.
With the horizontal dropouts inviting a single speed or fixed transmission (this is Hubjub after all) the obvious thing to do would be to install a single speed which would compliment the step-through frame to make this a hop-on / hop-off bike for town errands. Instead we decided to use the Sturmey S3X hub to give this bike the legs to make it a mile muncher.
With down-tube shifter bosses there was no need to put the hub control on the handlebar, easy with the versatile S3X shifter offering all options from clamp mount to downtime, also offering bar end mounting. Of course you only need one lever boss so the other had to be blanked off with a Problem Solvers cover. The disadvantage of the down-tube mounting position and the cable route via the bottom bracket is the trademark Sturmey index cable which you tend to pluck with the heel of your right foot, knocking it out of gear if you are unlucky.
Steering duties are managed by a Nitto 135 handlebar which looks and feels lovely, particularly when dressed in Brooks leather tape. A Brooks B17 with brown leather and copper metalwork provides a suitable perch. The obligatory Andel fluted crankset (versions of this are now found on anything trying to look "classic" but the basic design is none the worse for that) harvests the rider's Watts and the wheels roll on Velocity Synergy hoops.