A great 'do-all' frame. Ready for cyclo-cross, trail-riding, commuting and some loaded touring. We make it in a wide range of sizes to fit you right.
The nitty gritty:
- 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 lugged sloping crown steel fork features eyelets for front rack and braze-ons for low-rider panniers.
- 1-1/8" size headtube - w/ extra height so you use less spacers.
- 10 sizes: 42cm to 62cm
- 4.2 lbs (54cm)
- Color: Graphite (and Gun Metal Blue Matte-limited stock)
Double Cross Specifications:
- Headset: 1-1/8" (threadless external cup)
- Front derailleur: 28.6mm, bottom pull
- Seatpost: 27.2mm
- Seat collar: 30.0(or 29.8)mm (not included)
- Hub rear spacing: 132.5mm
- Brakes: Cantilever ( Linear-pull brakes, OK)
- Compatible with downtube shifters
- Chainring, Max: Road 52-39t Road Triple 52-39-24t - Downtube shifters: Mounts available
- Water bottle bosses: 2 sets
- Acceptable fork length: 389 - 401mm axle to crown
- Acceptable fork rack: 44mm - 50mm
I have general questions about your frames... (i.e. frame material, country of origin, fit questions, how to order).
Go to our General FAQ page. Link is on the bottom of each page.
What cranks will the Double Cross fit?
It will fit road triples, road doubles, compact road doubles and cross cranks
Something to note about the geometry:
The top tubes are on the long side.
What's the rear hub spacing?
Rear hub spacing: 132.5
My Favorite Bike
Last winter, I decided to race cyclocross for fun. I had a Surly CrossCheck but I came to conclusion that it was too porky for racing.So I decided to get a Soma DoubleCross because it had a nicer tubing and it was a half a pound lighter than the Surly. It is currently my favorite bike, logging in more hours than my lighter Specialized Roubaix. Steel feels more lively and comfortable. The geometry is super stable, both on road and on dirt. I have a wheelset for each application. 700X23 for road and 700X38 for dirt. I take my Doublecross on mountain biking trails and it handles great even when descending steep switchbacks. It climbs with ease, provided that you have the gear range for it. On road, the geometry is on the sluggish side. It rides kind of like a rando bike, not snappy like a race frame and not too slow like a fatty touring frame. Its just right.
Dean , San Bruno, CA
i have to say after looking at forums before and after [getting] my doublecross i can say that this frame is very underrated and too often made into a calm commuting build. IT'S A BEAST. ive never been more pleased with a ride. it feels at home on pavment as well as dirt.this baby hits the rails on corners and is AMAZING at high speeds
Ripping down gravel hills at 25+ mph she's as quiet as a mouse. the same 105 group that I have on my aluminium framed cross bike is on the DC and it works flawlessly whereas it rattles itself out of adjustment on my other bike. I like to ride with 'no hands' and this bike has the stability that I have craved since the old Raleigh days.
Matt C, , Maine
Unsolicited Soma Double Cross Review
Just returned from Italy, and the first trip for my S&S coupled Double Cross. While I have a Carbon Madone, if I had a choice of one bike, it would be the Double Cross...solid handling, great ride. Thanks to SOMA, to Jeremy at Sycip for fitting the couplers, and to West County Revolution in Sebastopol for the build-up (Dura Ace, compact crank 12x27, Mavic Ksyrium, 25c conti gators).
This is atop Passo Gardena in the Dolomites.
Charlie, Sebastobol, CA
Spokehaven's Long Term Review of the Double Cross
The bike rides really smooth and is extremely comfortable on long rides. The bike is a little on the heavy side. Mostly because the wheel set is a very sturdy 32hole build with a 24mm wide rim. The wider rims are nice for putting fatty tires on. I’d like to experiment with the new Soma Cazadero tires on it at some point, but I will probably wait for the weather to turn before swapping tires out.
I also have all alloy parts and absolutely no carbon on the bike. I do see the potential in the frame for being a good, comfortable cross racer. Throw a carbon fork, bars, seat post, and carbon railed saddle on the bike and it would ride like the wind. Currently I own an aluminum Raleigh cross bike, but it’s not the most comfortable thing to ride on weather beaten roads. Steel may not be the lightest material in the world, but it sure is a lot more forgiving!
Soma has done a fantastic job on their overall bike line up and the Double Cross is no exception. I get tons of compliments on the bike and the color of the frame. The pearly blue is extremely classy looking and the powder coat has held up incredibly well. The logos and the frame badge are also gorgeous. Color me in love with the bike and the Double Cross frame. I should note that the newest color of the bike is more of a gunmetal-ish grey, but still very beautiful.
If anyone reading this is debating between the Surly Cross Check and the Soma Double Cross, I would highly recommend considering the Soma. It does has a taller head tube on it which means it’s not as aggressive, but for the price I think it’s just a slightly nicer frame. That’s not to say I’m not down with Surly. I love them as well and would buy a dirt tourer or one of their many cool fat bikes, but I just love the Double Cross more if doing a straight comparison. One other major plus, for me, is the fact that Soma uses vertical drop outs and not horizontal drop outs. I know why Surly uses horizontal dropouts and it makes for a more versatile frame, but they can be a pain in the ass when changing a rear flat. I also used to have issues with the wheel pulling to one side no matter how tight the rear skewer was on the Cross Check. I haven’t dealt with that what so ever on the Double Cross. http://spokehaven.com/2014/10/28/soma-doublecross-build-longterm-review/
Exceptional All Rounder
What I decided was that for my $1500 I wanted to build an All-Arounder; a true 7-days-a-week-bike that could easily keep up in a fun group ride, do light touring and camping, ramble along the fire trails, and knock around the nasty, pot-holed city streets of Seattle....
I ordered a 62cm Soma Double Cross frame in the beautiful ... cream color, and splurged a little on the Soma Classic Curve Cyclo-Cross Fork. ... The Soma frame geometry suits me and this project perfectly; a bit snappy but not even close to annoyingly twitchy.....
....Really though, it’s fantastic. It truly is. I don’t think I could be much happier with how it rides. It feels especially good and fast with the Schwalbe Marathon Racer 700x35c tires, which just seem to shrug off the bad roads around here, and therefore maintain speed extremely well.... http://cyclingillustrated.com/news/average-budget-exceptional-all-arounder-by-scott-hinckley/
Double Cross Reviewed in Bicycling: Oct. 2010
After taking it out for many rides, I began to think of the Double Cross as the Swiss Army knife of bikes: fun, remarkably useful and pretty sharp, too. For links to the print and video review go here