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New Build Project: Soma Double Cross DC

Soma Fabrication recently sent us the Double Cross DC to do a Dual Purpose Project Bike.

Specifications
• Tange Prestige heat-treated butted CrMo steel front triangle; butted CrMo rear end

• Clearance for 700x38c tires with fenders

• Rear spacing fits road or mtn. hubs.

• Optional matching IRD straight blade disc fork available. If you want to run cantilevers, you can choose to use the Slick Black lugged crown fork that goes with the standard Double Cross.

• Rear disc mounts are located on the seatstay, so if you intend to use a rack in conjunction with disc brakes, you will need racks designed to work with disc brakes, which are available from Topeak, Axiom, Delta and us. Fits 160mm rotors only.

• 1-1/8″ size headtube – w/ extra height so you use less spacers.

• 7 sizes: 48cm to 60cm

• 4.2 lbs (54cm)

• Paint: Midnight Silveri

soma double cross

soma double cross

Plus a lugged steel fork…ooooh tange.

So what do I mean by “dual purpose?” Since this is a Cyclocross frame, I plan on building it to be used on my local mountain bike trails and of course, for commuting. Rather than going with traditional drop bars, the Double Cross DC will be set up with either a flat or riser bar. I’ll post updates of the build as I progress with the project.

14 Comments

  1. jersey rider

    this is what i need or should be on the market,this will do good for any cyclists.can use for commtuing or club rides

  2. RL Policar (Post author)

    Jersey,

    I’m pretty excited about this build. I’ve got most of my parts ready to be installed.

  3. Ghost Rider

    May I suggest “dirt drops” for bars rather than flatties?

    That’s the one type of bike missing from my fleet — a true cyclocross frame. With rack/fender eyelets, it speaks to me as the ULTIMATE platform for a versatile commuter. I just wish more companies made road brake levers/brifters that played nicely with V-brakes.

  4. Raiyn

    Awww not going disc? That’s actually a shame in my (never-so) humble opinion.

    Perhaps dirt drops w/ Tektro RL520 levers running V-brakes with some barcons on shifting?

  5. Bill Baker

    i will agree with Raiyn . just got m first bike with disc brakes…never going back. changed my life. but to each their own

  6. RL Policar (Post author)

    No disc. The wheelset I have are rim brake. But I do love disc, all my mountain bikes are disc.

  7. Ghost Rider

    Disc brakes are great, but they’re probably not needed in So. Cal the way they would be in Portland, Minnapolis or other city that gets a lot of rain and snow. With the exception of fairly recently, it’s pretty dry in the south part of California.

  8. Raiyn

    Soma sent the DC as opposed to the regular Double Cross. I’d take that as a hint, but that’s me.

  9. RL

    Ya that’s all you. Like I said, my current wheel set is rim brake. So that means we’re sticking to RIM BRAKE. In the event that I go to disc brakes, you’ll be the first to be notified.

    Dang Raiyn, stop busting my balls.

  10. Jeremy

    That bike would have some serious ugly going on if you went with disc brakes and had those nasty canti posts sticking out. It’s nice of them to offer both on a single frame (i guesS) but would make more sense if they just offered the same frame in disc or canti setups.

    Have fun with the build! Looking forward to updates.

  11. Jeremy

    Just read the specs on the Soma website. It seems the canti posts are removable.

    Remove posts from bike, insert foot in mouth.

  12. Ghost Rider

    So, RL, you’re trying to say that you’re gonna put discs on this frame? 😉

  13. Thinairtraveler

    This frame is on my short list for purchase this year once my job location moves closer to home. My current cyclocross commuter will soon be too much bike. It is possible. Having disc brakes and room for wide tires with an eccentric singlespeed hub would work year-round in Denver without wearing out rims from wintry crap.

    Looking forward to seeing the build.

  14. Raiyn

    @ RL
    Sorry, that did come off as a bit harsh.

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