Mike and his wife had both found themselves taking a greater interest in riding this summer and the siren call of a proper do-it-all touring bike was especially strong for Mike. After a few conversations about possible options, he decided on building up a Wolverine frame from Soma. He had seen some of the previous builds we had done and knew we wouldn’t steer him wrong.
After figuring out what specific features he wanted and setting a budget we did what any smart shop would do and put it all in a spreadsheet. After a few tweaks to the planned build, we set to work sourcing the frameset and all the parts.
We went with a 2x11 speed drivetrain from Sram and their hydraulic disc brakes. A long cage rear derailleur and crankset from Praxis for a wide range of gearing for future bike camping trips and off-road adventures in mind.
We custom built a set of 650b wheels using tubeless compatible rims and a dynamo hub. Our shop philosophy is that these two bits of technology are just as important to a bike like this as the handlebars.
When all the parts arrived we put it all together and finished it off with a front rack from Surly and an Eyc headlight from Bush & Muller.
When spring comes I predict some big adventures for this sweet machine.