Reviewed by Kris Olmon
- Sugino RD 53-39t crankset
- Micro-Shift bar end shifters
- Shimano Tiagra derailleurs and hubs
- Kenda Kwest 20 x 1-1/8” tires
- IRD Cafam Cantilever Brakes
- Cardiff Cornwall Saddle
- Color: Deep Red
The Soma Mini Velo will probably get you some funny looks, but it’s a lot of fun to ride. Perfect for that space-conscious city rider, it’s small stature makes zipping through crowds of people easy and carrying it up stairs a breeze. It even fits in my tiny cubical at work for when I prefer to keep it close rather than lock it up outside.
With it’s geometry and smaller wheels, it’s a little squirrelly when you first get rolling, but a decent rider will get over that quick. Being more compact, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the bar-end shifters as they occasionally felt in the way, but they were definitely not a deal-breaker.
It’s a fun-sized road bike that rides well, perfect for big city riders looking to save some space.