Soma Fabrications Double Cross Update

I finally completed the Soma Fabrications Double Cross last night. Here are a few photos of the finished product.

soma fab double cross

soma fab double cross

Since I plan on using the Double Cross on trails, I went with the Kenda Small Block Eight tires. 700cx35. I felt this was a great combo since the fast rolling tread pattern offers grip on the dirt yet its fast enough for the road.

I installed an FSA PIG headset, I figured going burly wouldn’t hurt. The FSA PIG is normally used for DH/Freeride bikes. Tektro Oryx Cantilever Brakes to stop the bike.

The Double Cross is set up as a flat/riser bar cross bike. I don’t like road drop bars and opted for a more comfortable riding position.

Here’s the basic spec sheet:
Wheels Bontrager SSR
Shifters Shimano Alivio trigger, 9 speed
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Crank FSA Vero 50/39/30
Cassette SRAM PG950 11-26, 9 speed
If these parts sound all to familiar to another bike’s specs, its only because I had a bike that was given to me by a friend that I wasn’t using and I transplanted the parts over to the new frame.

I had the privileged to take out the Double Cross this afternoon for a lunch ride through the streets near my office. The bike rides really smooth, fast, its comfortable and it looks sharp on the road. Then after work, I met up with a buddy to ride one of my favorite trails called the Fullerton Loop. This is a mountain bike trail that offers a bit of everything and I figured it would be a great place to try out the Double Cross.

I rode about 8 miles of dirt and I enjoyed every second of it! Though its a rigid bike, a world of a difference from my downhill race bike. It made me more aware of which lines to pick and overall bike handling.

I plan on spending more time on the Soma Double Cross on both road and dirt. I’ll keep everyone posted on how things go. I’m not entirely sure if I’m going to stick with the current wheelset or tires. If I decide to swapt things out, I’ll mention it on the review.


7 Comments

  1. Clubber Land April 4, 2010 8:56 am 

    Nice build! I would have gone with a different saddle, stem, and probably a double ring up front instead of the triple. Other than that it is a sweet bike, very capable wherever you want to ride. One question, do you have any toe overlap?

  2. RL April 4, 2010 9:14 am 

    Clubber Land,

    I’m thinking about swapping the saddle, its comfy, but its also bulky. I hear ya on the double ring, but the triple is what I had available.

    No toe overlap.

  3. Ghost Rider April 4, 2010 11:46 am 

    You could always unbolt the inner chainring and replace the 39 middle with a 34T and have a sweet “compact” crankset. Just lock out the FD with the adjuster screw so it doesn’t shift inward past the middle (now inner) ring. You will have extra clicks in the shifter, but you can use those as trim-clicks.

  4. RL Policar April 4, 2010 10:19 pm 

    Not sure if I really want to do that. On my last trail ride with the Soma, that granny gear came in pretty helpful.

  5. Moe April 5, 2010 3:35 pm 

    Nice Bike! It reminds me of my Ibex X-Ray but this one is much nicer.

  6. RL April 5, 2010 3:38 pm 

    Thanks. I’ve had some fun with it so far.

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