“Whoa! What bike is that?”
That’s a typical reaction when folks see a Trek Soho S for the first time. The bicycle’s logo and graphics are nearly missed upon first glance as they blend into the matte black frame. The net result of this design creates a feeling that the bicycle may be employing some form of top-secret, stealth technology – and the bike IS stealthy. As a single-speed bicycle, there is none of the clicking and clacking associated with gear changes. If you want to go fast, pedal harder. If you need to go up a big hill, get out of the saddle. If you’re going down a big hill, sit back and enjoy the ride.
Warning! The simplicity of this ride experience can be addictive.
Without the additional hardware associated with a multi-speed bicycle, the Soho S is just over 20lbs in weight. It feels lightweight and nimble. Trek’s choice of a 44/17 gear suits the bicycle quite well. You get impressive acceleration from a full-stop by hopping out of the saddle or you can start off normally and with minimal effort reach a comfortable cruising speed. The gear spins out only on big descents and is a low enough gear to make surviving big hills a real possibility.
If you can’t tell already, I really like this bike. Here are a few insights I’ve gathered after 9 months of ownership.
There’s not much to dislike about the Soho S but as I continue to ride the bicycle, I will keep you posted on any new discoveries. In the meantime, enjoy this growing gallery of photos that do a decent job of communicating the bicycle’s versatility…