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Soma Fabrications Mini Velo

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As the Soma Fabrications blog proudly proclaims, the Mini Velo has arrived!  The Mini Velo is the answer to those who need a bike, but have very limited living space to keep it in.  This 20 inch wheeled wonder is the first bike Soma has sold as a complete build.   Frame sizes come in at 48cm, 53cm, and 55cm, with 57cm and 59cm in the works.  Soma claims the weight comes in at 23.5 pounds.  The Mini Velo rings up at $1,195.99 and has the follow specifications:

– Tange CrMo steel
– Sugino RD 53-39t crankset
– Micro-Shift bar end shifters
– Shimano Tiagra derailleurs and hubs (32h)
– Shimano Tiagra HG-50 11-25 9-spd cassette
– Kenda Kwest 20 x 1-1/8” tires
– Tange-Seiki RDC 1” threaded headset
– IRD Cafam Cantilever Brakes
– Cardiff Cornwall Saddle
– Kalloy quill stem
– ProMax extra long seatpost
– Fender braze-ons
– Color: Deep Red

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Tiger Mom
Tiger Mom
11 years ago

This might be a case of just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

JR Namida
JR Namida
3 years ago

I purchased a 2012 53cm version of this bicycle after looking/searching for two years on eBay and craigslist. I would love to locate a 55cm/57cm frame with the 451mm wheels.

The fun factor of this Mini Velo bicycle is amazing and I take it inside the grocery store for shopping. Perfect bicycle to carry about up or downstairs, it is short and easy to maneuver in stairwell or bike room. This is the perfect bicycle to potter about the neighborhood at slow speeds, or to zip along @ 25 miles per hour when commuting in work traffic. (53/39 chain ring changed out for a 54/42)

I discovered the Mini Velo in Japan, but sizing is only 48/52 have never found a taller bicycle of this design in the larger sizes rumored to have been produced by Soma.

There are several updated version of the Mini Velo with larger headsets, mechanical & Juice Disc brakes frames, carbon forks & wheels to bring the weight down via alloy, carbon or Titanium frames. The Tern Surge is a modernized mini velo with its aero alloy frame, but only unfortunately in a 46 & 50cm frame.

Java and a few other look alike in the Singapore market place are another light weight alloy frame with a carbon fork that comes with Sram 11 speed drive train, and mechanical disc brakes, but unfortunately only in small Asian sizes.

One day I will win a lotto ticket and be able to afford a custom Mini Velo build, Sram eTap Titanium framed Mini Velo with Disc brakes. In the mean time I will enjoy my 53cm Soma Mini Velo on many short neighborhood rides.

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