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    Soma Double Cross Chronological Build Thread

    Hey guys, I just recently bought a Double Cross frame to use as a daily commuter with some occasional single track and maybe even some endurance races. I wanted to chronicle a thread about my build (since I've never done one) and share my progress with anyone that is interested. Anyway, here it goes.

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    Just received the crankset in the mail today. SRAM Rivals, $43 on eBay. A $200 value when they were new. Score!

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    I'm loving my Double Cross DC. Good luck getting yours all together.

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    Thanks GTscoob! I just came from the shop this morning and had them order me a Stan's Alpha wheel set on Origin 8 hubs, (trying to cut cost) and a SRAM Rival groupo with a Apex rear derailleur.
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    Sounds like our builds are pretty similar. I'm running Rival shifters/ders as well, but went for Velocity rims laced to SLX hubs.

    If you havent decided on handlebars, check the Salsa Cowbells, super comfy drop bars. 12 degree flare at the drop and short reach means you wont be hitting your wrists on the top bars when in the drops.
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    Received more parts today :)

    More parts today!

    Some nice Shimano touring pedals.
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    And an FSA headset. Wanted a Chris King but figured I could save the money for something else. Like more bike parts.
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    More stuff!!!

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    Went with the 3TTT because they were cheap on eBay. $16!

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    And the piece that will tie the whole bike together. A honey brown B-17

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    I'm hoping that it will be built up before the weekend is over. If not, starting Monday I will be commuting to class every day. Ride report to come soon.
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    Im gonna steal the **** outta that bike when you leave it outside for class.

    Whats your weight? Those alpha wheels are badass but I think im too big at 170.

    Oh yeah, knobbies? Or slicks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    Im gonna steal the **** outta that bike when you leave it outside for class.
    I'll take this as a compliment Thanks!

    I don't think you're too heavy dude. My LBS friend rides them on his road bike and recommended them to me. He weighs at least 250 lbs. I weigh 185. He said they would hold up, even in single track. We shall see.

    For tires I got some Specialized Boroughs in 700x42. Slick in the middle, knobby on the side.
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    Nice!

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    And the piece that will tie the whole bike together. A honey brown B-17.
    That's the one thing that's missing from my Ivory Double Cross!!!!

    Can't wait to see it built up.

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    Good to hear. Im gonna bug you after its built up and see how they are holding up. I may go that route for a cross and road bike if I ever build either.
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    look forward to the built pic. any idea what the max tire clearance is for the soma dc? i just built one up....running size 32 kenda small block 8. great urban tire, but want something more agressive - in the style of monster cross....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailNRG View Post
    That's the one thing that's missing from my Ivory Double Cross!!!!

    Can't wait to see it built up.
    That's a pretty sweet build there. A Brooks saddle wouldn't look too shabby on there
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike A. View Post
    look forward to the built pic. any idea what the max tire clearance is for the soma dc? i just built one up....running size 32 kenda small block 8. great urban tire, but want something more agressive - in the style of monster cross....
    I think the clearance is 42. My LBS guy told me that he was afraid that 45s wouldn't clear the frame. 42 is still pretty beefy.
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    Looking good!

    Here is the progress so far. She's looking good if I do say so myself.

    This is what she looks like now.
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    Front view.
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    you're gonna love this bike. the steel ride is awesome....and it's nimble and quick. will be interested to see how many spacers you roll with. what size is the frame and how tall are you? i'm rolling with the 54cm and i'm 5-9....apparently that equals 5 spacers....for now anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike A. View Post
    you're gonna love this bike. the steel ride is awesome....and it's nimble and quick. will be interested to see how many spacers you roll with. what size is the frame and how tall are you? i'm rolling with the 54cm and i'm 5-9....apparently that equals 5 spacers....for now anyway.
    I have a 56cm and I'm 5'10. I'm trying to go for a comfortable, commuter set-up. I don't want anything too aggressive since I'll be commuting more than anything on this bike. I know I'll probably catch hell for this.
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    nice lookin ride. I'm building a commuter, too. hopefully my wheels come tomorrow, but they should at least be in by Wed. after that, all I'm going to need is to get fit for a stem at my lbs.

    I scored a used black B17 from ebay for mine. I thought I'd need to get my hands on one of those wrenches, but mine appears to have a regular nut on the tension adjuster. not sure if that's just how older ones were...or whether a previous owner made that chance intentionally.

    mine's black, cream, with red. should look quite sharp when finished.

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    looks like everaone got their doublecrosses at the same time? i waited a few months over the summer for mine to come in...gettin' through customs and all....

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    mine's not a doublecross...it's just a commuter with some similar details.

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    i love my double cross

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    It's finally finished! With the exception of the front wheel.

    It finally got put together and is rideable. The front wheel is a loner because my LBS mistakenly sold my front wheel, that hadn't been built up yet, to another customer. Regardless, it rides awesome. Went on my first commute yesterday for a total of 16 miles round trip and it performed flawlessly. Enough talk, here are some pictures.

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    Just in case you guys didn't notice, the paint on the fork doesn't match the frame
    We called SOMA and they said that because they don't get painted at the same time they couldn't guarantee that it would come out the same color.

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    When I get my front wheel built up the hubs will match, obviously, and I'll have silver spokes with gold nipples, like the back wheel.

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    beautiful. i didn't know you were going tubeless. sweet. what size tires are those? but man, that's a nicely done ride....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike A. View Post
    beautiful. i didn't know you were going tubeless. sweet. what size tires are those? but man, that's a nicely done ride....
    Thanks Mike , the tires are 700x42. Tubeless is for day I decide to try my hand at single track on some drop bars. Should be interesting.
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    After 100 miles I am truly in love with this bike. The steel frame is so responsive and surprisingly light. It has really good get up and go and the maneuverability is amazing. Paired up with Stan's Alpha wheels laced to Origin 8 hubs and the ride is smooth. The SRAM gruppo is crisp on the shifting, and provides plenty of gears for the road; 20 mph is effortless. The Avid Shorty cantis provide really good stopping power, and the Brooks saddle is magnificent. The only problem I've had was with the Specialized Burough tires. After about 2 days of being on the wheels they stretched and came off the rim. Now I have to use tubes. I love commuting on this thing. Time to get some fenders for winter.
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    Great build. Please keep us updated on any problems that might arise. Thank for the writeup.
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    Nice Ride! I've got a very similar setup (Soma Ivory DC, SRAM Force setup). I'm running with a road 50/34 compact crank and am thinking of switching it to a 1x10 setup by swapping out the big chainring with a BBG bashguard. Any advice on chainguides would be appreciated!

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    Here's the breakdown for the build, if anybody is interested in prices.


    Frame: $325
    Fork: $90
    Bars: $16
    Stem: $8
    Headset: $15
    Saddle: $75
    Seat post: $20
    Cranks: $43
    Pedals: $47
    Wheels with tires: $300
    SRAM Gruppo: $420
    Total: $1,359.00

    *According to my Excel sheet, I saved $369 by buying used parts from eBay and team rider discounts from The Bicycle Path in Denton, TX (Shameless plug )
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    Very nice! I did something similar with a used cross check frameset I scored on craigslist. When I get it exactly the way I want it I'll put together a build thread like yours! Nice Job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelzbycks View Post
    Very nice! I did something similar with a used cross check frameset I scored on craigslist. When I get it exactly the way I want it I'll put together a build thread like yours! Nice Job!
    Thanks dude! Its still my favorite bike that I've ever owned and its holding strong.
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    Really nice. I personally would be pissed if the fork and frame were not the same color on my new frameset. Not being painted at the same time is a lame excuse IMO. Poor QC.

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    very nice...makes me want to build up a new commuter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    Really nice. I personally would be pissed if the fork and frame were not the same color on my new frameset. Not being painted at the same time is a lame excuse IMO. Poor QC.
    It is a lame excuse, but we really couldn't do anything about it. The only thing I can do is make people aware of it.
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    wondering if you get a better bike by buying a $1k bike then spend ~$300 upgrading or just buy a $1.3k bike or buy all the different components and build it yourself.

    regardless, that is a sweet looking bike. Hope its still holding up well!

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    Largest tire?

    a rear 42c fit's no problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm View Post
    a rear 42c fit's no problem?
    Yeah, no problem.
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    Good to hear

    Im waiting on my DC frame. Do you have an idea of how much your DC weighs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm View Post
    Im waiting on my DC frame. Do you have an idea of how much your DC weighs?
    I have not weighed it. I've been experimenting with some new bits and pieces to make it more comfortable. I ordered a Salsa Woodchipper 2 bar and new tape and I also put some 23c road slicks on it for commuting. I'll try to get it weighed when I install the bars. If I had to guess I would say somewhere in the low 20s.
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    if i can get in the low 20s

    ill be stoked. Thanks

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    Mine was about 21 lbs before it broke, and that was with 36h wheels.

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    Sizing

    You said you were 5'10" and got a 56. What is your inseam if you don't mind me asking? I'm somewhat stuck between a 54 and a 56 (and torn between a DC or a CrossCheck, but that's a different forum). Do you think that the top tube feels long? The write up on the site says that they think their top tube is longer than normal. Nice looking bike, btw...
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    Quote Originally Posted by chowdownca View Post
    You said you were 5'10" and got a 56. What is your inseam if you don't mind me asking? I'm somewhat stuck between a 54 and a 56 (and torn between a DC or a CrossCheck, but that's a different forum). Do you think that the top tube feels long? The write up on the site says that they think their top tube is longer than normal. Nice looking bike, btw...
    I'm on the short side of a 30" inseam. The top tube length seems fine, but I am switching my 100mm stem to a 90mm.
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    I'm 5'10" and I rode a 54cm. The TT is the same length as a typical 56cm road bike with square geometry. It really depends how you are proportioned and how you like to set up your bike. I had a 100mm stem on mine and it was fine. It felt similar to my 56cm road bike.

    I'm potentially looking for another frame and having (easily) broken the downtube on the DC, I would definitely go with a Crosscheck. Not trying to bad mouth the Soma, but let's just say I was not pleased with the customer service. And I was a shop employee, so you would think they would care about the "advertising." Their loss, I suppose. I'll never recommend one of their bikes again.

    I hope all who have them currently have a better experience. I really liked the ride for an inexpensive steel frame.

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    Sizing

    DC's have proportionally long ETT's compared to seat tube length. My 54cm has a 56.7cm ETT. Im 5' 8.5"s tall with a 32.25 inseam in riding shoes. I can accompany my short lower torso and long upper torso really well given the DCs geometry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm View Post
    ill be stoked. Thanks
    As it stands, 23 lbs. That's with the addition of the Salsa Wood Chipper bar, a shorter stem, and some skinny road tires. I can probably cut the seat post down and save some weight there.
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    Sweet bike, I've always wanted to try a Soma frame. Also appreciate the breakdown of prices, it's always interesting to hear :0)

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