SOMA FABRICATIONS - THE PICK UP ARTIST, what a quite funny and nice name for a bike...but wait this is not a usual machine, it is a CARGO BIKE made of steel !
Launched in 2011, the company designed all its bike in San Francisco (USA) and the production is externalised in Taiwan. SOMA FAB propose a range of 7 complete bikes and an impressive quantity of Frameset for all the taste.
The PICK UP ARTIST, available only as a complete bike, is made of Tange Cromo steel tube -Japan- and as the particularity to be a cargo bike with a 20" front wheel and a 26" wheel at the rear.
Why a 20" front wheel ? The small front wheel provide a better steering even when heavily loaded, especially because it is placed under the rack. But It allow also to have a low rack heigh that makes it super easier to load and unload your stuff.
The rack is built, not in the front side of the fork, but on the frame itself at the junction of the massive top tube and down tube. It is a real advantage because the weight well placed allowed to keep a natural and easy steering but also when the bike is parked there is no risk that the fork turned left or right due to the charge on it.
Not enough ? The PICK UP ARTIST is also equiped with a rear rack for daily grocery shopping and / or fix your bags full of yummy food. It can handle a front charge of 125lbs (60kg max) on the front rack and 80 lbs (36kg max) on the rear rack due to the kickstand. It has a solid design with a low toptube making it easy to step over..appreciated when the bike is loaded.
The SOMA FABRICATIONS PICK UP ARTIST is sold equiped with disc brakes SRAM BB7 (mechanical) with a front 180mm rotor to ensure you a good stop when loaded ! The groupset is mostly from the SRAM X3 with a triple crankset 42-32-22 and 7 speed cassette 12/32T. Rear 26" wheel is set up with 36 spokes and both wheel mount with Kenda 1.75 tires.
Rear rack, fenders and steel double kickstand included
Weight 45lbs - 20kg - One size fit all !
Price : around 1500 usDollars - only available at your local and favorite dealer. (not sold online).
For the price in other currency, please check with your local distributor or contact SOMA FAB.
Warranty is 3 years on the bike, 1 year on the fork.
- Frame: Steel w/alloy fold-down stem, one size
- Handlebars: Ahearne-MAP
- Brakes: Avid BB-7 160/180mm
- Brake Levers: Avid FR-5
- Crank Set: SRAM S200 42-32-22T, 170mm
- Cassette: SRAM PG-730 7-speed, 12-32T
- Derailleurs: SRAM X.3
PICK UP ARTIST IN DETAILS
- Grips: Velo ergonomic
- Pedals: Aluminum platform w/boron axle
- Saddle: Velo VL-3061
- Wheels: 20" front (keeps load at a lower center of gravity), 26" rear (alloy disc hubs and rims, 36h)
- Tires: Kenda Kwest 20/26" x 1.75"
- Front Platform: Steel, 44x30mm
- Extras: Rear rack, fenders and steel double kickstand included