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.
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