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Saga gets an Overhaul


For years I've been scheming to convert the Saga to a triple with bar end shifters. We'll it's happened.

  • Velo Orange Grand Cru crankset 48-34-24
  • Velo Orange square taper bottom bracket
  • Dia Compe bar end friction shifters


  • Tecktro linear pull brakes
  • Tecktro brake levers
  • 44 mm Rene Herse Snoqualmie Pass tires

You might ask why, in the age of single chainring electronic shifting, I would want to go back to this 30 year old technology? Because for touring it the most versatile and reliable setup. With the 42/26 double I was lacking gears at both ends. Now I have a range from 19 to 122 gear inches.

Then there was the time my SRAM apex shifter broke while on a tour. That's just not going to happen with bar end shifters. 

Then, after I had installed the new shifters I realized I was no longer dependent on the road style brake levers and I could upgrade to linear pull (vee) brakes and get much better stopping power.

The SOMA Saga is a classic road touring bike, and in this configuration, much truer to it's roots.

New crankset
Shiny new bike parts