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frame helpbkelly19
Jul 20, 2001 10:38 AM
Hey only the four millionth post on here asking about frames, but here it goes...
I plan on getting a cross frame in the next few months and I've narrowed down my choices to three bikes (I've got most of what I need for the bike in spare parts, so I have ruled out a complete bike). The three are:

Surly Crosscheck ($389)- Pros: have never heard anything bad about them
Cons: Would need to buy new headset and stem (+$40 to $50 min)

Soma Double Cross ($449)- Pros: nice steel frame (631); Fit looks good; something different from all the Surlys out there
Cons: New untested company; need to buy new headset and stem (+$40 to $50 min), most expensive frame of three

Spicer ($350 w/fork)- Pros: Cheapest (not by much); Can use spare headset and stem; good fit (similar to my road bike)
Cons: Aluminum frame probably not last as long as steel (myth?)

I would probably use the bike on for some racing (if the series here in SE Louisiana happens this year), hitting the dirt paths in the local parks (really boring for mtb'ing, but probably good for cross), commuting and some touring. Any other suggestions in the $300-450 (or cheaper) range are more than welcome.

Thanks!
re: frame helpMarco Reese
Jul 22, 2001 8:10 AM
Hmmm... If you are going to do some commuting and touring, I'd go with the Soma or the Surly. In this price range, the aluminum Spicer is likely to be really stiff and unforgiving. Also, it looks like the Spicer doesn't have rack or fender eyelets.

I've never seen/heard of Soma before, but I went to their site after reading your post and I'm interested in their cross frame. Do you have a local shop who will sell you a Soma, or could you get it directly from the builder?
re: frame helpbkelly19
Jul 23, 2001 4:47 AM
I don't have anyone locally, but Bulltek (bullteksports.com) carries them.
AVIOD Bulltek- cr@ppy service!!!nm
Jul 23, 2001 5:24 AM
nm