This decked-out Soma Wolverine was built for a customer in San Jose, CA. The rider was looking for a rugged commuter bike that would be efficient on his daily trips to work, but would also offer the versatility to enjoy longer tours on the weekend and even a few cycling-oriented vacations. Soma’s Wolverine frame fit the bill as a sturdy option that is affordable, works well with a Rohloff hub, and is belt-ready.
The Monkey Lab
This classically-styled commuter belongs to a local Bay Area customer who was looking for the convenience and reliability of modern components like dynamo lighting and internal gearing for his vintage-inspired Rivendell Sam Hillborne frame.
Having a frame that perfectly fits your riding style and body type can make the difference between a bike that motivates you to get out and ride often and one that sits in the corner gathering dust. Changing a half a degree on a tube angle or a quarter inch of a tube length can completely alter how a bike rides and feels. (This might be too bold of a statement. Run this by Carmen and Tyler and see what they think. I am more inclined to say something like "relatively small changes in ........ can make a noticeable difference in how a bike rides and feels".