Double Cross Disc (2024) (Gravel/CX)

Cyclo-cross bikes like the early Double Cross frame were the "ride-it-all" bikes of their time allowing cyclists to use them as road bikes, light touring, off-roading, as well as mixing it up in CX races.
Recently though, the gravel bike has become the new king of "ride-it-all".

With just a few changes in BB height and head tube angle, we made the Double Cross more stable for gravel and touring, more fun on trails, and still a versatile and fast commuter.

For 2024, available sizes are limited to 46, 50, 54, 56, 58, 62, 66cm

– Tange Prestige heat-treated CrMo steel front triangle; butted CrMo rear end. Top tube is ovalized for greater lateral rigidity w/o sacrificing vertical compliance. Sizes 62cm and up have stiffer downtubes to suit larger/stronger riders.

– Disc mount is located on the chainstay which allows you to put almost any rear rack or fender on it without fear of interference. Rear disc brake mount is now "flat mount" and fits 140mm rotors (160mm with adapter)

– Optional color matched fork: Straight blade unicrown CrMo fork with three bosses to allow for utility cage or pannier rack.

– Clearance for 700x45c tires (40c w/fenders. Some front derailleurs may reduce this clearance) We recommend 650b/27.5" wheels for 42cm size to reduce toe overlap with the front wheel.

– Rear rack and fender eyelets

– ED coating inside tubes and under paint to prevent rust

– Rear hub spacing is 135mm (10mm axle QR hubs)

– 1-1/8" size headtube (for external cup headsets / EC34)

– 4.25 lbs (50cm)

– Color: Matte Black


Double Cross Disc (2024) (Gravel/CX)

  • Double Cross Disc 2024 Specs

    - Brakes: Disc, Flat mount, 140mm rotors (160mm w/ adapter); mount thickness is 10mm (mostly likely needs 19.4mm long mounting bolts)
    - Bottom bracket shell: 68mm wide, English threads
    - Headset: 1-1/8" (threadless external cup: SHIS: EC34/28.6 | EC34/30)
    - Front derailleur: 28.6mm ID, bottom pull
    - Seatpost: 27.2mm
    - Seat collar: 29.8 or 30.0mm (not included)
    - Hub rear spacing: 135mm, use traditional QR MTB hubs
    - Wheel size: 700c or 650b (We recommend running 650b wheels on sizes 42cm and 46cm if you are bothered by toe overlap)
    - Max.Tire Clearance: 700c x 45mm (note: Shimano long arm front derailleurs, such as the FD-5800, reduce tire clearance to 42mm) (Also fits 650b x 47mm tires)
    – Chainring Clearance: Fits 50-34t road, 48-31t sub-compact, 46t 1x
    - Downtube shifters: Mounts available
    - Water bottle bosses: 3 sets on frame
    - Cargo cage Bosses: Two sets triple bosses on the matching fork. Can also be used for pannier rack, but not at the same time. - Acceptable fork length: 390 - 405mm axle to crown, stock fork is 400mm
    - Acceptable fork rake: 44mm - 50mm
    - Rack and Fender mounts: We recommend using the eyelets located on the dropouts for racks. Do not use the lower set of seatstay bosses for racks unless it is for loads under 12 lbs. Either eyelet or boss set can be used for fenders.
    - Recommended max. weight for loaded panniers 25 lbs rear, 12 lbs in front (this can vary lower depending terrain you are riding on and the skill of the cyclist)
    - Max. weight with rider and load: 270 lbs.

Double Cross Disc (2024) (Gravel/CX)

  • The Silver One

    “I have the 2017 generation of the Double Cross in Sky Silver and it's such a joy to ride. It has taken me on multiple 100+ mile all-day gravel rides and a few overnighters while also serving as a daily commuter. If I were to ever go custom, it would definitely serve as the basis of my reference.”

    Sam, ,

  • Remarks on an older model.

    “Love my Double Cross. It's a much older model, and has a different paint job and placement of brake mounts than other Double Cross Discs. I've had it since 2014 (got it used) and have put like 10k miles on it, everything from loaded touring, to road rides, to gravel, to ripping as much singletrack as I can on 40mm tires. It's the one bike I'll never sell.”

    JBPhilly, Reddit, State

  • Finest QR hub gravel frame

    “The 2021 double cross is probably the finest production qr gravel frame that's ever going to exist - end of an era. It's just stiff enough without being too stiff and fits regular parts from before the flat mount/thru axle apocalypse. Geometry is right on the edge of high trail so it has nice feel while climbing but stability while descending is also high. The tire clearance is also very good without compromising by being overly stiff. I think the Fog Cutter is too limited clearance to really get the full range of gravel tire options + mud clearance and the current Wolverine is much stiffer (and heavier) than needed if you plan to run 700cx42ish or 650bx48ish.”

    spoonrobot, reddit,

  • 10,000km

    “Just want to share my experience with this great frameset. Bought the frame in 2017 and have used it all-year, also during harsh winters in Norway. After about 10.000km I’m currently on my third wheelset and third pair of fenders (now Berthoud after the Honjo fenders corroded away). The road salt takes it toll on all parts but the frame is still good. Its just a fantastic all-round bike. Fast enough to hang with friends on road bikes, but really in its element on rougher roads and longer distances. Such a complete package at an affordable price, and I also think looks pretty good :) Keep up the great work!”

    AndeHans, Oslo, Norway

Double Cross Disc (2024) (Gravel/CX)

  • No Road Left Unridden

    [Excerpt of Review on] Is it a cyclocross bike?

    It’s easily shouldered, the geometry is tight, and the handling is aggressively snappy. The hallmark of a good cyclocross frame, in my opinion, is in how it negotiates terrain above its pay grade, and the Double Cross handles effortlessly; singletrack is not just possible, it’s encouraged. This is a race day bike that really thrives in the time spent riding between race days.

    Is it a road bike?

    Maybe the new buzzword “All-Road” is more appropriate. With skinny rubber, the frame shows its flavor, soaking up road noise and vibration better than most. ‘Smooth’ is cliche, but it’s almost the only word to use. The Double Cross begs to be ridden all day.

    Is it a commuter?

    In my opinion, your most fun bike should be the one you commute on. Why waste the transitional period between work and home? The Double Cross has all the durability and reliability demanded by the battlefield of potholes between A and B, but handles it with a certain grace and agility the traditionally overbuilt commuter frames can’t emulate.

    Ride Quality

    As mentioned previously, this bike wore a lot of hats. I used it primarily as my daily rider, taking it all over Western Massachusetts on pleasure rides, missed-my-alarm commutes, grocery runs, and all-day adventures. I almost always rode it fast, hammering through traffic and taking irresponsible lines across my swarming college campus.

    The bike is confident through almost everything. It loves standing still in a trackstand as much as it likes hurtling back up to speed during acceleration. It’s extremely maneuverable, and never truly feels out of its element.

    I did say “almost.” The bike does get a little bit antsy over 35mph. It’s not the most confident descender ever, although pushing forward in the drops and keeping your seat clenched between your knees in an aero tuck keeps the bike from feeling too squirrely. It’s not unstable, it’s just less stable. It’s the only place where the bike didn’t feel like it was thriving. This seems to be typical of most true CX-geometry frames I’ve tried, and if that’s the “cost” for so much maneuverability during the technical riding I’ve been doing, I’ll pay for it.

    The bike didn’t love having a basket. I didn’t really notice until I took my hands off the handlebars, but having the weight up high made the steering feel sloppy and unpredictable. This is pretty typical of bikes with a higher trail in the front wheel, and Soma has other frames that are designed to handle a basket and front rack a little nicer. Despite the convenience, I ended up skipping the basket and sticking to my backpack. If you do intend to use this as a touring bike, I would go with a low-rider front rack and mount your panniers close to the ground.

    Edit: I mounted a basket on the much lower Soma Lucas rack and the speed shimmy disappeared. Nice!

    ... Bottom line: to do better than the Soma Double Cross Disc, you’d better be ready to spend double or triple the value of this complete bike. It is an absolute steal, compared to the rest of the field. There’s a reason I replaced my mountain bike with a Soma, too, and I am super bummed they came out with the Sandworm a week after I got a fatbike.