It’s always sexy and exciting to build up a new bike. Of course, we love selling them and building them, but we also love to see them used. That got us thinking about a post like this – one where we check in to see what happens after that exciting build. More than two years ago, our customer Craig had us build a Soma Wolverine, which you can read about here. He figures he’s put 7,500-10,000 miles on it over the past two and a half years. He’s bad at math and doesn’t really keep close track, but we know he commutes about 20 miles most every day, including in some miserable slop (trust us, we see his bottom bracket and smelled his bar tape when replacing it). The Wolverine and its Campagnolo Athena group have held up incredibly well. Taking what the mean streets of Cleveland dish out, the Wolverine has only needed simple maintenance – except for a massive pothole taken at speed that bent one of the Dyad rims. Craig upgraded the saddle to one of our Brooks Cambium saddles, added Supernova front and rear lights, got a set of Continental Top Contact Winter II tires for the cold season and outfitted his rack with a pair of Ortleib panniers for a bike that’s just as much at home commuting as it is on the GAP Trail. Craig likes the Wolverine as much as any of his bikes – high praise since his stable includes an Independent Fabrication and a Time. If you want a do-everything bike of your own, pop in to see us about personalizing a Wolverine that meets your exact needs.
Thanks for being our most rigorous product tester Craig.