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Surly or Soma ?(4 posts)

Surly or Soma ?Jim4
Mar 24, 2003 11:21 AM
I'm getting a new frame and narrowed it down to a Cross Check or Double Cross. I will not be using it as a single speed. Any thoughts on what my better choice might be? I like the longer head tube length on the Soma and the 631 tubing. Like some feed back from Soma owners.
I like my Cross-CheckNater
Mar 24, 2003 12:58 PM
It's very versatile...right now I've got 40c tires and fenders on it for winter commuting. I'll be putting the 'Cross tires on it soon though. Great performance for the price although a bit heavy. I weighed mine last summer with a 105 triple group and Velocity Deep-V 32 spoke wheels and it was about 24 pounds. I couldn't be happier with it. Oh yeah, I've got the green 2000 model which was Reynolds 631 butted front triangle with 4130 stays. I can't say anything about the Soma though...
re: Surly or Soma ?flyweight
Mar 24, 2003 1:34 PM
I've ridden both and the Soma is nicer for the following two reasons:
1) Lighter. The Soma has Reynolds 631 main triangle and double butted stays. The Surly uses generic 4130.
2) More versatile. Soma includes front and rear rack mounts. Surly does not.

They're made in the same factory by the same people so one is of no greater quality than the other. The Surly will ultimately be more durable but both are so stout that it would take a serious spill to trash either. Both bikes ride great and neither has any real handling flaws.
Surlyroadboy
Mar 31, 2003 6:22 PM
First unlike the other message the surly does ahve front and rear rack mounts. I have a surly and love it, 23 pounds with nice stuff and a great trail bike.