Pescadero (Endurance Road)
The Pescadero is an evolutionary hop and sidestep in the traditional road sport/endurance road frame. Most of the new "all-road" bikes embracing wider tires are automatically going to disc brakes. And disc brakes are an effective technology that we also adopt on other Soma frames. But what about cyclist who want the benefits of wider road tires, but want the clean, classic look of a road caliper brakes or just prefer their familiarity and simpler adjustment? The Pescadero has these souls in mind.
- Tange Prestige heat-treated butted CrMo steel front triangle; butted CrMo rear end
- Road sport geometry (inbetween road race and cyclo-cross bikes in handling responsiveness)
- Rear rack, front mini rack & fender mounts
- Designed with the Paul Racer center mount, center-pull brakes in mind. Also fits 57-73mm reach dual pivot caliper brakes (Some folks have luck with Dia-Compe 610 center-pull).
- Lugged crown CrMo steel fork included
- Stiff and light Breezer-style dropouts
- 1-1/8" headtube (fits EC34/28.6|EC34/30 headsets)
- 27.2mm post size
- Max. tire clearance: 700 x 42mm
- 6 sizes: 48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61, cm
- 4.25 lbs. (51cm)
- In Colonial Blue (Matching aluminum fenders available as an option)
Pescadero (Endurance Road)
What are the component fit specs?
- Headset: 1-1/8" (threadless external cup: SHIS: EC34/28.6 | EC34/30)
- Front derailleur: 28.6mm ID, bottom pull
- Seatpost: 27.2mm
- Seat collar: Seat binder bolt included
- Hub rear spacing: 130mm, use traditional QR road hubs
- Brakes: Paul Racer 68mm reach (center mount), 73mm reach dual pivot road brakes, Gran-Compe GC700 brakes, (some customers have had luck with 47-61mm reach Gran-Compe GC610 center pull brakes, but that may not fit every frame size)
- Bottom bracket shell: 68mm wide, English threads (spindle width depends on cranks)
- Max.Tire Clearance: 700c x 42mm (note: Shimano long arm front derailleurs, such as the FD-5800, reduce tire clearance to 38mm and may interfere with fenders)
- Downtube shifters: Mounts available
- Water bottle bosses: 2 sets
- Rack mounts: one rear set, one front set (mini-racks)
- Fender mounts: Front and rear
- Acceptable fork length: 383 - 390mm axle to crown (Pescadero fork is 383mm axle to crown)
- Acceptable fork rake: 43mm - 47mm
Why would I want to run wide tires on a road bike? Can I still run 700 x 23c tires on a Pescadero?
There are some studies that say wider can help you ride faster in some road conditions. And there are some that say that is BS and that the high-pressure 23/25mm wide tires yield the most speed and least rolling resistance.
We don't want to get into that debate here. You can run skinny 700 x 23c's on any of our 700c bikes and they will work perfectly fine with them. The general benefits for wider tires is less road vibrations transferred to the rider, greater traction because of the wider contact patch and better maintained speed and control on rougher roads. In the cobblestone road races (like the Paris Roubaix), most pros have moved up to running 28mm wide tires.
A wide tire doesn't always guarantee a smoother ride. There are a greater number of high tech supple road tires in 28c and narrower than wider. And many wider tires on the market are designed for durability and affordability instead of a low rolling resistance, but more lighter race performance tires in wider widths come out every year.
Can I build me a gravel grinder bike with the Pescadero?
Yes and no. You can certainly build the Pescadero with tires made for gravel and country dirt roads and ride them on such roads. And many early gravel racing were done on road bikes or CX bikes similar to the Pescadero. But the geometry of circa 2016 gravel/all-road/adventure road bike seem to be settling on having slacker head angles, more raked out forks and longer chainstays.These features stablilize handling on squirrely gravel. The tighter road sport geometry of the Pescadero will be twitchier on gravel road and dirt trails than a CX bike or gravel bike. But it will give you a snappier road bike feel on the tarmac, which is what we wanted for the Pescadero.
Can I swap a different fork on this baby?
To yield the best fit with the chosen brake options, we chose a fairly unique fork length. If you can find a fork in the 380 to 387mm length range (axle to crown) with a design you like, go for it. But we don't know any frame or fork maker using our particular specs. Slapping a CX or gravel length fork on this frame will slacken the frame head angle noticeably. While it would not be dangerous to ride, the bike won't handle as designed.
We will be stocking replacement forks in case of warranties or crash damage.
Can I do a 650b wheel conversion on the Pescadero?
No you cannot, because of the particular brake reach it is designed with. But the Pescadero offers the cushy tire width options of most common 650b road tires, so a conversion would yield limited benefits.
Pescadero (Endurance Road)
The Pescadero remains my primary commute/transportation bike. I take it on the BART from Fruitvale Station in Oakland 5 days a week and frequently ride between downtown Oakland and the Lake Merrit area and home (around 5 miles each way). I haven't had the opportunity to do many longer rides on the bike but would like to (I fantasize about credit card touring down the coast with my wife sometime). I mostly very happy with the bike and how I have it set-up (hwy1 bar/soma crane stem/Paul brakes/soma demi-porteur rack/full fenders/F+R generator lights/35mm tires/medium swift rando bag and occasional saddle bag). My only real gripe about the frame is that i wish there was a bit more fender/tire clearance between the rear seat-bridge and rear wheel. the front clearance is just adequate with the 35mm tires and fenders but the rear end could use another 5mm in that spot. the tire clears but it is very very tight and subject to rub at the first fender loosening or distortion.
Joel, Oakland, CA
I use my Pescadero almost exclusively for long distance rides. I've ridden it on a few SFR rides and it always catches the attention of the folks I'm ridding with and usually garners responses ranging from "I didn't know Soma made a bike like that" to "wow that looks perfect for this ride". To date I have just shy of 950 miles on the bike with most of those miles coming on 200-300K rides, and I'm happy to report that the Pescadero is really very nice to ride. I've found that it holds it's line on the road even while the front end is loaded down, and the bike descends well at both slow and high speeds.
Nolan, SF, CA