Rainy Sunday mornings are a good time to put our thoughts together on the bikes we’ve brought in just for Portland. Here’s the first of three we brought in this past week. (The other two: the Soma Buena Vista mixte and the Norco Indie Drop. Write-ups coming soon.)
The Soma Fabrications Double-Cross is a disc-brake cyclocross frameset constructed of high-quality Tange Prestige heat-treated chromoly tubing in the main triangle (top tube, seat tube, and down tube), and butted chromoly seatstays and chainstays. Yes, it’s a frameset not a complete bike, so you (okay, we) get to custom-build them exactly how we (okay, you) want. The rear dropouts use integrated chainstay-mounted disc-brake tabs, allowing for the use of almost any rear rack and fender combination.The cromoly fork has double eyelets and mid-mount eyelets for convenient fender and front rack options. Cable guides for the disc brakes allow for full length housing, preventing contamination of the brake cables and improving brake lever feel. The frame has clearance for 700x38c tires with fenders, and comes in a very wide range of sizes, from 42cm to 62cm, plus a gigantic 66cm frame.
You can even run 650B x 42mm tires, with fenders, for extra comfort, stability, and wheel strength.
High-quality double-butted steel tubing is known to give you a springy, lively ride that adds to your efficiency and speed in a most pleasurable manner; flex in the frame creates a rebound effect, snapping you forward after the initial pressure on one pedal diminishes and just before pressure on the numberswiki.com
other pedal starts to peak. As your pedal stroke is smooth, this effect doesn’t seem very distinct…but neither does a fraction of a percentage favorable change in the grade of the road before you: we take it when we can get it. That makes you feel fast and strong and tireless.
Aside from cyclocross, the Double Cross is great for city riding, purposeful commuting, all-day rides in the country, and light to moderately loaded touring over smooth, bumpy, gravelly, or varied terrain. It’s an ideal choice for long gravel roads.
In short: lighter and faster than a touring bike, much more comfortable and versatile than a road bike.
The bike shown here is a 54 cm with Portland-designed Retroshift shifters, a blue Brooks leather saddle, blue bar tape. If you’re not familiar with Retroshift, you should know they’re superbly fast-shifting, simple, tough, light, and surprisingly unspendy.
The Double Cross can be build with single, double, or triple chainrings, drop bars or flat bars, mountain or road rear hubs, single-speed (with a chain tensioner), with full or partial fenders, and front and rear racks. Build it as your CX race bike with a tight road cassette and compact double crank, drop bars and STI levers. Or as your all-day charity ride or Cycle Oregon bike with a road triple, wide-range cassette and 700 x 28 slicks. Or as your every day commuter with a dynamo hub, fenders and rack, and swept-back city bars. Or as almost anything else you can imagine.
The build shown here is a little under $1900. We would need typically 7-10 days to build one up for you.