Wow. I was about to purchase a Soma this week, but I think I need to sit down and rethink my fleet. I have a Double Cross built as a tourer/commuter that also served well for a brevet and 24 hour fleche last year, and was aiming for a Smoothie for racing and faster centuries. But I keep looking at Stanyans and wishing I had bought that instead of my overbuilt Double Cross.
Had to look up that Stanyan 650b image again. I did buy the Stanyan last year, and it's been great for races and centuries, and I had 28-32mm Paselas on it. I've got that VO crankset and a rando bag on the Double Cross now, but I'm still interested in seeing how the Stanyan would feel with 650b. I would need wheels, fenders, and maybe longer reach brakes to make this a reality now. Hmmm...