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Got a Trek Soho S. Mod suggestions?

Old 05-15-11, 09:53 PM
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Got a Trek Soho S. Mod suggestions?

Picked up a Soho S today for commuting, fitness rides, and general suburban banging around. Any suggestions for good mods? I've already got a full on roadbike so not really interested in making this one into a roadie though.

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Old 05-15-11, 10:34 PM
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Old 05-15-11, 10:40 PM
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fenders, racks, wide tires, whatever you need for comfy riding. saddle of preference.

though i would advise not upgrading untill youve ridden it more.
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Old 05-15-11, 11:09 PM
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+1 on the fenders. A must on a commuter, unless you like getting wet.

Ride it for a while, decide what you don't like and upgrade there. Looks fine at the moment.
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this isn't an audi; it's not called a mod.

i would get some drop bars so you can vary your hand positions, but if you don't want it to look like a roadie you can always just put some BMX bars on...
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Old 05-16-11, 09:26 AM
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What are your goal with modding? You have to let us know that, or you will get a lot of useless answers. Are you looking for style, bling, efficiency, utility, what???

It has a very relaxed riding position - you (as you alluded to) are not going to make a fast bike out of it.
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Originally Posted by chas58 View Post
What are your goal with modding? You have to let us know that, or you will get a lot of useless answers. Are you looking for style, bling, efficiency, utility, what???

It has a very relaxed riding position - you (as you alluded to) are not going to make a fast bike out of it.
Mainly concerned I guess with addressing any known shortcomings on the bike. Any weak parts or improvements that everyone makes for durability and reliability I guess are my main focus.
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Mainly concerned I guess with addressing any known shortcomings on the bike. Any weak parts or improvements that everyone makes for durability and reliability I guess are my main focus.
Well Katy Perry put a second bell on there. . .
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Mainly concerned I guess with addressing any known shortcomings on the bike. Any weak parts or improvements that everyone makes for durability and reliability I guess are my main focus.
But seriously...

All the parts on that bike are kinda meh -- competent, but unexciting parts.

From a function over form perspective, I'd say ride it and figure out if you like the gearing. If you don't, take the opportunity to buy a much nicer freewheel in the size you want.

Otherwise, make cosmetic changes where you want. Custom wheels; upgrade crank; carbon fork; better brakes; trendier saddle, post, stem, bars, etc.
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Old 05-17-11, 10:39 AM
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1. Good set of lights. Way better than any bling part investment IMO.

2. Good bike bag, fill it with cool stuff like mini-pump, patch kit, nipper of Yukon Jack, multi-tool, etc... I love my quick-release handlebar bag (in black) http://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FMBHP4. Have a strap for it so I can just fling my lights in it and toss it over my shoulder (man purse) when I go inside, leaving the bulky mount attached to the bars.

3. Good grips. I love Ergons. http://www.google.com/products/catal...ed=0CGsQ8wIwAA#
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Thanks for the suggestions all. I think cranks and pedals seem at the top of the list for me.....then maybe a CF fork for sexiness

I'll have to check out that bar bag too...good idea.
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Old 05-17-11, 04:25 PM
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What is wrong with your crank?
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I put a 105- 650 series crankset on my Soho with 50 tooth and 14 tooth dura ace cog (crank set came off my road bike i upgraded)
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id replace the plastic pedals with something that wont break mid-ride, something aluminum probably.
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I would just ride the bike and then see what parts I'm not quite happy with, although I have to say, it's probably not worth investing a lot of money into the bike. (not saying it's a bad bike, I'm sure it's fine, but I just don't see the sense in immediately "upgrading" parts on a new bike, especially one that's pretty low-end).
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Originally Posted by PistaDalMine View Post
I put a 105- 650 series crankset on my Soho with 50 tooth and 14 tooth dura ace cog (crank set came off my road bike i upgraded)
Going for an hour record?

That ratio has to be horrible for city riding.
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Ride it every day with no problems; there is no hills around here. City riding not bad i have brakes on it.
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Cog and lockring!!!!!! Hell YEAH!!!! I have been riding the Soho S for about 1 year now. I love the bike, and have been riding it fixed gear for about 9 months, and would urge you to give it a whirl. I don;t drink alcohol. EVER I still have both brakes, because I don't trust myself doing wheelies at a high speed without a rear brake.

FLIP the stem!!! and get a flat bar!!!
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I have a 2010 and aside from better pedals, lights and a mini bell; I flipped the stem and cut 1.5" off the ends of the handlebars to narrow the grip width. I put 8.5 miles on it every morning and I find the narrower grip more comfortable.
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