Decided to post this in Commuting because a search for "surly cross check" resulted in most posts here.
Thinking about building up a cross bike for commuting and maybe some light trails. Unlikely to enter an event. It seems like the Surly Cross Check is recommended about 20 to 1 over the Soma Double Cross. But when I compare them, I think the Soma seems like a better choice. It's got better steel (631 vs 4130) so it's lighter by about .7 pounds. The only thing I see better on the Surly is the disc mounts, but I don't plan to use them anyway. Oh, the Surly web site is better too. But I can't ride a web site.
I've been to a few shops where they sell Somas only, and they say they are great. But nobody has both or enough experience with both to give me a useful comparison. So I turn to you.
Maybe it's because nobody is familiar with Soma. Could that be it?