The "ES" means 'extra smooth.' It might not as quick handling as our Smoothie or other dedicated race frames. But it is still quite fast and you'll actually gain extra stablity on speedy descents with the ES and the ability to fit wider tires. An ideal choice for multi-day charity rides, centuries and credit card touring. Eleven sizes to fit just about everybody.
- Tange Prestige heat-treated butted CrMo steel front triangle; butted CrMo rear end
- Road sport geometry
- Rear rack & fender mounts
- Designed with 57mm reach caliper brakes in mind. Fits some 32c tires with fenders
- Optional carbon fork or steel fork available. Both have fender eyelets. (IRD Mosaic 57 Carbon fork has less clearance than our steel fork and only fits 28c wide tires with fenders)
- 1-1/8" size headtube - w/ extra extension so you need less spacers
- 27.2mm post size
- 11 sizes: 46cm to 66cm
- 4.1 lbs. (54cm)
- In Nickel and Deep Red(color discontinued, but available)
Headset: 1-1/8" (threadless external cup)
Front derailleur: 28.6mm, bottom pull
Seatpost: 27.2mm Seat collar: bolt included
Hub rear spacing: 130mm
Brakes: Dual-pivot road brakes, 49-57mmmm reach
Compatible with downtube shifters
What are the differences between the ES (formerly Smoothie ES) and the Smoothie?
The Smoothie has a racing geometry, while the ES has a "road sport" geometry.
The Smoothie will have more responsive steering and quicker cornering. It is slightly lighter, because of the semi-compact geometry and shorter rear triangle.
The ES is not a lazy steering bike by any means, just takes a little more effort to make those passing moves in a club ride than a pure race bike. But the advantage the ES has over the Smoothie is that it rides more stable at high speeds. It takes less effort to keep under control, which is why we recommend the ES over the Smoothie on long charity rides and centuries, where race-like handling is not only not needed, but a distraction to the rider.
The ES uses the same tubing diameters and gauges of the Smoothie, so weight difference is negligible.
The ES also offers more tire clearance so you can run fatter tires (for comfort) or fit fenders.
I have general questions about your frames... (i.e. frame material, country of origin, fit questions, how to order).
Go to our General FAQ page. Link is on the bottom of each page.
What's the rear hub spacing?
Rear hub spacing: 130mm
What brakes and fork does the ES need?
Needs to use 57mm reach road brakes and fork to match
Unsolicited Soma ES(Smoothie ES) Reviews
The Smoothie ES is an EXCELLENT road sport frame. I got the 2007 model with Tange Prestige tubing and I couldn't be more pleased. I just built it and took it for a 50 mile ride. It handles great without being mushy or flexy. The chainstays and seatstays are longish but beefy, giving it a smooth ride. Tire clearance is plenty to support 700x32 tires with fenders. Has rack mounts in the rear and low placed bottle mounts (lowers center of gravity). Considering the price, this has got to be the best value out there for a road sport frame. Great for anyone looking for an all-arounder, long distance bike, credit card tourer, etc. I had a Rivendell Rambouillet and I think the Smoothie ES delivers 90% of the features and ride quality of the Rambo for 1/4 the price! I was always concerned with paying $1400 for a frame and then taking it out in bad conditions (rain, dirt, mud, etc.). For the price of the Smoothie ES, I'm not as concerned about taking it out in bad conditions and enjoying the ride. -- DG
I've passed the 2000km mark on the SOMA Smoothie ES...Here's an updated review: The good: The bike handles great unloaded and while carrying a large saddlebag. Stability is excellent and I can easily ride no-hands down to 10-15kmh. At higher speeds (50+ kmh) the bike remanins shimmy free. Ride quality is quite nice. The bike does glide over rough asphalt but that has much, MUCH more to do with 28mm tires at 95psi than anything else. The frame fits and the handling is such that you can just hop on it and ride without having to pay attention to the bike. The bad: Mounting fenders on this bike isn't as easy as it should be. The bike is designed around standard (57mm) reach brakes and is sold as having fender clearance. However the frame/fork only include fender mounts at the dropouts. ---CL
My husband did, indeed, pick up the Soma Smoothie ES and went with the carbon fork... He rode it once for 20 - 30 miles and then it sat for a while. (He had not yet started commuting since his accident, and was only doing weekend rides on his other bike.) Then one day he got the itch to ride it and took it out for about 100 miles and 6,000+ feet of climbing. He loved it! ... He says it's very comfortable for all day rides... :D I think it's safe to say that he highly recommends the Soma Smoothie ES, especially for the price. It's surprisingly light weight, too. --JJ
I just wanted to send you an email to thank you for making 64cm Soma Smoothie ES frames. I’m 6’5” tall with a very long inseam measurement and my new 64cm Soma Smoothie ES frame is just what I needed. It’s like getting a custom bicycle at a non-custom price. It’s really a great frame. I took it for my first two rides this weekend for a total of about 70 miles or so. It rode great. I really like the relaxed geometry and longer wheelbase. This is my third bicycle and it’s a great addition to my collection. Thank you.--P