Soma Fabrications Groove XC Hardtail

4.77/5 (13 Reviews)
Weight : 4.25 lbs MSRP : $369.00


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Product Description

  • Tange Prestige heat-treated CrMo steel; butted CrMo rear end
  • Rack & fender braze-ons
  • Geometry designed to accomodate a 80mm travel fork
  • Int'l disc brake tabs (rear)
  • Breeze-In dropouts
  • Rigid CrMo steel forks available (either disc or canti)
  • 1-1/8" size headtube
  • 27.2mm post size
  • Recommended tire size: 2.0 - 2.25
  • Sizes: 15, 17, 19, 21" (Center to top of seat tube)


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    Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Subaru_Nation555 a Cross Country Rider

    Date Reviewed: September 23, 2012

    Strengths:    Price, ride quality, looks, fit and finish, versatility

    Weaknesses:    Non-replaceable derailleur hanger, non-removable brake bosses, no QR seat post

    Bottom Line:   
    I was looking for an inexpensive steel hardtail and decided on the Groove. I built it up as a cross country MTB and it works great. I've also used it with drop bars for a 1,000 mile bike tour and it did well too (not as well as a dedicated touring bike, obviously but perfectly fine.) This is a fantastic do-anything-go-anywhere bike and it's too bad they discontinued it.

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    Price Paid:    $320.00

    Purchased At:   Craigslist


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ltdan12a a Weekend Warrior

    Date Reviewed: August 30, 2012

    Strengths:    Weight, geometry, good feel, MADE IN THE USA

    Weaknesses:    paint, cable routing

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought this frame to replace an aging aluminum Rockhopper. First- the weight, amazingly enough, the Soma frame and my old aluminum Specialized were within a few grams of each other in weight! Once built, the first ride was an eye opener! I had forgotten what a good steel frame felt like! Climbing, the bike feels very rigid, but I will state again what someone else said- I gets light in the front end easier. Jumping the bike is almost effortless, and very easy to keep your composure in the air! I am a little bummd about the paint- it already has a couple nicks- I wonder where I can get touchup paint for this cappucino? the final issue I have is with the top but routing of the brake cable. The housing dings off the frame pretty consistently over the rough stuff.. Sounds like I'm ringing a bell on the trail! I would definitely recommend this frame and this company to anyone that asks though!!

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    Price Paid:    $399.00

    Purchased At:   pricepoint


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by drbherlocker a Racer from Boise

    Date Reviewed: October 11, 2010

    Strengths:    Steel. Need I say more...

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Last winter I saw this frame on Craig's List and snagged it right away. I'd had a Soma Double Cross year ago and sworn at myself for selling it.

    My goal was to build this up as cheap and light as I could for a backup bike. I pieced it together with decent components a sweet wheels. My main bike is a Trek Top Fuel 9.8 full on race machine, but wanted a backup, a steel comfy rig and I knew it would be nice.

    I rode for a good part of spring then started racing and riding the Trek. Low and behold I cracked my Trek frame at the Butte 100 race. After finding out about my cracked Trek I decided to race my Soma at the next weekend's race (Knobby Tire Series Finals) near Boise. The bike rocked! During the race I kept thinking, "man I'm racing this thing" and went on to 4th overall (1st Expert).

    I since rode it for a month while i waited for my new swingarm and had a blast with it. All I can say is this is a fun, simple, and easy to ride bike. If you know that going in, you'll love it as much as I do.

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    Favorite Trail:   Eastside

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $125.00

    Purchased At:   Craig's List

    Similar Products Used:   Other steel frames

    Bike Setup:   Light XC - SRAM, Manitou R7, Spinergy Xyclone Discs

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by rybow203 a Cross Country Rider from Medford, MA

    Date Reviewed: August 19, 2010

    Strengths:    Relatively light, cheaper than full suspension, and the great ride of real steel!

    Weaknesses:    None.

    Bottom Line:   
    A very nice do-it-all hardtail. I ride mostly on rocky singletrack and it definitely rattles my teeth less than an aluminum hardtail. It climbs like a champ and descends with confidence. It's done everything from downhill trails at Vermont ski resorts to hauling 35 pounds of groceries with a rear rack. No complaints so far, from me or the frame!

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    Favorite Trail:   Anything at Kingdom Trails, VT

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   bikeman.com

    Similar Products Used:   Mid-90's GT Avalanche

    Bike Setup:   Manitou R7 MRD 80mm fork, SRAM X-9 shifting, Avid mechanical disc brakes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by rbaldinellii a Cross Country Rider from Tyler

    Date Reviewed: November 10, 2009

    Strengths:    Steel frame. Good geometry. The ride is excellent.

    Weaknesses:    Low bottom bracket. Frame size runs a little small.

    Bottom Line:   
    With this setup, the bike weighed 23.8 lbs. I was surprised to say the least since that really wasn't my goal. The bike rides wonderfully smooth. It is just a joy to ride. I have noticed that I have crank strike every once and a great while. I also feel that the frame runs a little small. I bought the 19" frame, and I'm only 5'8". Usually I ride and 18 or 17. But even with these small issues, I think you can't go wrong with this frame.

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    Favorite Trail:   Any of Moabs

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $375.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Lots of different bikes.

    Bike Setup:   XTR shifters and rear derailler, XT front derailler. 15G Cranks, Rock Shox Sid Race, Crank Brothers Cobalt Wheels, and the list goes on.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Brandon a Cross Country Rider from Seoul Korea

    Date Reviewed: July 15, 2008

    Strengths:    Good fit and finish. Paint still doing good, but a few nicks and tics here and there.(mostly from crashing or crashing}. If you have been riding as long as I have and tried all the fads (extra-lite Alum, Carbon,) Go back to that old feeling of steel, it will be like riding something new.

    Weaknesses:    None to speak of.

    Bottom Line:   
    Ok, I have ridden this bike over 4500 km this past year. I have 3 bikes and this one is the one I ride on the weekends when I put on the most miles(km) behind me. I love this bike.(I built it myself.) I have no complaints. The rear is soft and compliant and it climbs well. Gets a little light on the front on the steep stuff, but proably due to seat height and that big ole brooks seat. I have the best of the best on my bike and the frame is one of the least expensive aspects of the bike. It is functional and comfortable and gives back what I put into it. It is set up like a long haul XC bike and I sit pretty upright, but that works for me since I ride 60% bike path/road and 40% xc. It has never let me down. I have a 8kg non suspended rocket the (Author) and a single speed slider, grinder that I put together. They all get my love all week long. I do not have a car here. Just do not need it. But when the weekend comes I "Groove" it as much as possible.

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    Favorite Trail:   Korea

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $290.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Cannondales {the old school stuff}, Trek, Author(non-US brand)(columbus airplane tubed light and stiff)

    Bike Setup:   Full xtr drive line, hope mini moto f&r, custom wheels on hope 2 hubs, ritchey wcs carbon cockpit, fox 100 rlc, big old comfy Brooks B17.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by chris a Cross Country Rider from manchester

    Date Reviewed: May 15, 2008

    Strengths:    nice paint and craftsmanship, sloped top tube gives great stand over height, frame geometry allows sharp steering.

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    Great frame. The craftsmanship is very nice (welds and paint are solid). Top tube is perfect length for me and gives plenty of space on stand over height. Great bike for tight singletrack and gives a solid feel while riding it.

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    Favorite Trail:   bear brook trails

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $319.00

    Purchased At:   price point

    Similar Products Used:   RM Element, ETSX, Hammer

    Bike Setup:   Easton Monkeylite bar, Easton EA 50 stem, Thomson seatpost, Avid BB7 brakes, LX front der., XT rear der., Marz. MX pro fork (80mm), XT hubs laced with Sun Rhyno lite rims.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Scott a Cross Country Rider from Denver

    Date Reviewed: November 19, 2007

    Strengths:    Price-bang for the buck- well made steel frame.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Wow, for $200 you can't beat this frame anywhere. So smooth, light and nice paint. I have this set up as 1x9 and it is now my favorite ride.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   mtbr classifieds

    Similar Products Used:   none- all alum frames

    Bike Setup:   fox f80 rlt-xt-xtr- 1x9

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Michael from Dallas, TX, USA

    Date Reviewed: August 24, 2007

    Strengths:    Great value. Smooth riding steel frame. Good Geometry. Not super heavy.

    Weaknesses:    Could have better paint, chipped off fairly easy near chainstay and dropouts. Drop outs-tough to get the skewer to drop out easily.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great riding frame. Great Value. Steel is a great material for making bikes. The more I ride steel frames the more I can feel the difference between steel and other materials.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   Bianchi, Spec. SJ, Trek

    Bike Setup:   Reba, Thompson SP and Stem, Easton Bars, WTB saddle, XT hubs, Velocity Areoheats, Kenda Small Block 8's, Avid BB7, SRAM X9, LX Crank

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Brandon a Cross Country Rider from Seoul Korea

    Date Reviewed: June 21, 2007

    Strengths:    Very nice fit and finish. Super paint job! Light and Strong.
    Nice to go back to steel. Love the Blue!


    Weaknesses:    None as of yet.

    Bottom Line:   
    I ride the city/trails of Seoul, Korea and ride 150km+ a week rain or shine. After being jarred to death from every little road bump on a columbus airplane tubed (light, but very stiff) I was looking for something a little less rigid. I did not want FS, so I went back to where I orginally started. STEEL! I could not be happier. The price was right and the setup works well. There is enough give from the steel to soak up the road chatter, but strong enough to keep me planted on the nonpaved stuff. Overall I am happy and I have not seen another one in Korea, so I get the oogles and the where did you get that???

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $290.00

    Purchased At:   ????

    Similar Products Used:   cannondale, other exotic material/tubed frames

    Bike Setup:   Full xtr drive line, hope mini moto f&r, custom wheels on hope 2 hubs, ritchey wcs cockpit, fox 100 rlc.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Frank Longtine a Weekend Warrior from Casper, Wyoming, USA

    Date Reviewed: May 17, 2007

    Strengths:    EXCELLENT finish quality, very light. More upright riding position, very comfortable. Down tube cable routing is excellent and bucks the cookie cutter trend of top tube routing. Reinforcement collars on the head tube show attention to detail. Braze ons for rack, reinforcement for disc brake.

    Weaknesses:    Frame wasn't chased & faced from factory. Breeze in dropouts won't allow me to remove my wheel without removing skewer nut first. Maybe my derailleur is too old, though.
    Rear brake cable requires the use of adapters to allow housing guides to be used as housing stops.
    Numbers 24 and 44 on seat tube refer to (Giants?) baseball team jersey numbers- no big deal, but I'm not a sports fan and I didn't like it. But not enough to not buy this frame.


    Bottom Line:   
    An excellent value for the money. The best finish I've ever seen on a production bike, bar none. Great riding position for those looking to ride, not race. I suppose you could race this bike, but it seems from the catalog that the bike is purpose built to be comfortable. It succeeds.
    Buy this bike if you want a comfortable bike you can commute with, or just ride for enjoyment. You may want to keep looking if you want to race, though.

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    Favorite Trail:   Deathtrap

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $265.00

    Purchased At:   Mountain Sports

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Stumpjumper (1993), Bridgestone MB-1(1987)

    Bike Setup:   SunTour XC Pro drivetrain, hubs, & seatpost, Cane Creek headset, Avid SD7 brakes, Brooks B17 Champion Special saddle, Surly 1X1 fork. Kind of a mix of retro-grouch and modern components.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Bill R. a Cross Country Rider from Stratford, NJ, USA

    Date Reviewed: April 19, 2007

    Strengths:    Light(for steel), paint, finish, old school styling

    Weaknesses:    Cables running underneath....nothing else

    Bottom Line:   
    A strong, light steel frame. Excellent finish and quality for the money. Not a run of the mill frame, very unique.

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    Favorite Trail:   Brandywine

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Jenson

    Similar Products Used:   trek 8000

    Bike Setup:   XT Drivetrain, Manitou Skareb Platinum front susp., Race Face evolve xc post, Answer pro taper bars, Continental explorer tires, Bontrager rims.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Larry Pelowski a Cross Country Rider from Frmington Hills

    Date Reviewed: September 6, 2006

    Strengths:    Quality for the money, details, paint and graphics

    Weaknesses:    none yet

    Bottom Line:   
    Excellent value, after riding a full suspention for the last seven years, this brings me back to why I originally got into MTB. Simple is better, and steel is real, only 1/2 lb. heaver than ti.

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    Favorite Trail:   pontiac lk.

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   trails edge

    Similar Products Used:   giant steel hardtail, K2 Razorback, Gary Fisher alum hardtail

    Bike Setup:   Fox fork, xt shifters, xtr v-brakes, carbon seatpost and bars.

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