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Soma Fabrications Double Cross Frame and Fork

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Soma Fabrications Double Cross Frame and Fork
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Cyclocross frames have become a great choice for people looking for a multi-use bike. Not only can the Double Cross be used for Cyclocross, but it also makes a great commuting and touring bike. Clearance for 38mm wide tires with fenders gives a wide range of knobby or slick tire choices. Tange prestige heat-treated CroMoly butted frame is strong with a great ride feel. 132.5mm rear spacing accommodates road (130mm) or mountain (135mm) hubs. Eyelets for fenders and rack. 1 1/8 Inch headtube with a bit extra above the top tube needs less spacers. 27.2mm seatpost size. Frame measured from center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube. 4.2 lbs (54cm).

The Double Cross includes a color matching Tange steel fork with fork tip and mid-blade eyelets. The Black frame does not include a fork. We sell the IRD CX straight blade cross fork which is a great match for this frame.

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Soma Double Cross Geometry
Seat Tube (c-t) Top Tube (c-c) Head Tube HT Angle ST Angle BB Drop Chainstay Standover
42cm 52.3cm 110mm 72 75 66mm 420cm 28in
46cm 53.1cm 110mm 72 75 66mm 420cm 29.2in
48cm 54cm 110mm 72 74.5 66mm 420cm 29.5in
50cm 54.8cm 110mm 72 74 66mm 425cm 29.9in
52cm 55.6cm 116mm 72 73.5 66mm 425cm 30.5in
54cm 56.7cm 120mm 72 73 66mm 425cm 31.2in
56cm 57.6cm 135mm 72 72.5 66mm 425cm 31.9in
58cm 59.2cm 165mm 72 72.5 66mm 425cm 32.6in
60cm 60.2cm 195mm 72 72.5 66mm 425cm 33.4in
62cm 61.2cm 210mm 72 72 66mm 425cm 34in

Seat tube measured center to top.
Top tube measured center to center.
Fork height is 400mm.

Headset Type: 1-1/8-inch Threadless 

Brake Type: Cantilever 

Material: Tange Prestige/Butted CroMoly 

Hub Spacing: 132.5 mm

Bottom Bracket Type: 68mm English 

Seatpost Size: 27.2 mm

Front Derailleur Type: 28.6mm Bottom-pull 

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Reviewed 6/4/2014
by Anonymous
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Took 3 tries, and I'd do Surly next time

Initially, I was inspired by this frame set option. I had a SOMA Groove that, although now discontinued due to market forces, was impeccably constructed and finished - for the money. It was a great frame to actually ride vs. impressing others.

The first SOMA DC frame received had a deficient weld at one chain stayBB connection. I returned the frame for exchange. Second DC arrived with a badly dented head tube. This normally would have stopped the show for me, but I called the SOMA CEO and they sent a replacement, though it was not readily in stock. They paid all associated return and replace shipping. Really just delayed the build.

Anyway, I built a commuter config. It's a decent frame, with simple aspirations. I wanted the Tange tubing, but it is fairly limber. The gunmetal-version finish seems pretty durable. I put an Alpha carbon cross fork under it. It's a comfortable, yet snappy ride. The sizing is a tad peculiar, and I went down one size, from 56 to 54 for this frame, which actually matches a 55 road frame fit fairly closely.

Personally, even though a Surly Cross Check's angles are about the same as this SOMA DC, I think a Surly CC's tophead tube configuration is more normally sized, and I would replace the SOMA with a Surly, given the chance, going back to a 56 in the Surly. I think Surly fit and finish is superior to what comes out of SOMA, too, starting with the seat tube action.

Prediction I can see SOMA going out of business long before Surly.

BikeTiresDirect.com Comments

Hi,

Thanks for your review! I'm sorry to hear you had such bad luck with your first two Soma frames and glad to hear Soma was able to help you out with that. A lot of us here ride Soma frames and have had great experiences with them. Glad you were able to eventually build up a bike you're happy with! If we can help you with anything, don't hesitate to get in touch with us at sales@biketiresdirect.com.

Thanks,
Stacia

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Reviewed 12/2/2013
by Anonymous
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1 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Frame bent on a small hill...Really worth it?

I'm an urban commuter, nothing intense. Frame bent on a small town hill... couldn't believe it.

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Reviewed 1/28/2013
by jacks
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Seattle, WA
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1 of 8 customers found this review helpful.
Poor. Lots of wrong-headed ideas. You can do better.

1) Overlap with frame and pedals (e.g. careful with track stands).

2) Having the cable-braze-ons on the top-tube and the disc braze-ons is absurd - this snags and tears your expensive tights (plus it's butt ugly) when setup for disc. Pretty much, you have to be careful whether you decide to track-stand (snag foot fall over) or put a foot down (tear $150 tights) at a stop-light.

3) The 132.5 rear-drop-out spacing makes it difficult to put the rear wheel back in after a flat (or anytime).

4) Chain-stay mounting of rear-disc-brake braze-ons makes it impossible to use a torque wrench for the rear-most CPE bolt when installing an Avid brake.

5) Happily, it does happen to accommodate an HP-X frame pump (yahoo!) - no pump peg, though.

They need to lay the head-tube back a bit, dedicate the frame to disc-brake-only, position the rear disc-braze-ons in the conventional position and use 135mm rear-drop-out spacing. I.e. all of their innovative features are stupid ideas.

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Reviewed 3/9/2012
by BikeLA
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Los Angeles, CA
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4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
Very versatile bike for any time you are not actually racing

Built up one month ago, and now have nearly 400 miles on it. It has quickly become my go-to bike any time conditions are not perfect for my best rosd bike, or any time I want a more casual ride. Very versatile - I built mine with a Ritchey carbon fork, some old 9-speed STI shifters on a Salsa Cowbell bar, an FSA cross crankset and an 11-32 cassette for wide gearing - but every Double Cross will be different.

I did take the frame to my local bike co-op and borrowed their frame tools chased and faced the BB shell, reamed and faced the headtube. That was time and a few bucks well spent to ensure a quality build. The frame appears well made, paint seems good, and braze-ons nicely done including a rear brake bridge.

Check the sizing carefully - I was replacing a 56cm Surly Cross Check that was too big for me. My Soma is a 52cm (based on actual seat tube) and has essentially the same efective top tube length as my 56cm road bike. The fit is perfect.

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Reviewed 1/11/2011
by Anonymous
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Victoria, BC
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Great value.

Good value. Commute, race cross, train in the rain. It does it all.

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Reviewed 11/1/2009
by Keith
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Albuquerque, NM
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8 of 8 customers found this review helpful.
Great value. Super commuting frame

I bought this frame to build up a commuter bike. I've been riding it now for over a year. I love this bike. It's very comfortable, plenty of clearance for fat tires, and lugs for a rack and fenders.

I'm quite surprised by the previous reviewer. I've found the quality of these frame remarkable considering the price. The welds look fairly clean, the alignment is spot on, and the paint is of decent quality.

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Reviewed 7/16/2009
by Anonymous
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22 of 29 customers found this review helpful.
poor quality

very poor quality manufacturing. Frame snapped at a weld on the chainstay. Soma would not respond to any of my requests. Buyer beware!

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