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    Senior Member WestMass's Avatar
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    SOMA Double Cross Disc / wanting bikes your can't test ride

    Hello fellow bicycle & internet enthusiasts.

    I have a predicament and I feel like bikeforums is the only place where I can find seemingly endless people with countless opinions about any possible thought I have relating to any bicycle.

    Here's the deal. I keep looking online at the soma double cross disc. It looks so beautiful and people like it. Currently I commute on a Kona Jake the Snake (2010). 2013-11-08 22.41.06.jpg

    I'm not 100% in love with the bike, but it's light, does the job, and I have raced 'cross on it a few times. I feel like I could sell it on my local CL and get a decent amount ($700-$800) for it.

    I just can't stop thinking about this bike...
    soma_dcd_gold1collage.jpg

    Thing is, there is nowhere near me (I checked the shops listed through SOMA - they don't have them in stock), where I could actually ride this bike. I would be using it for the following: 1) commuting 2) rando/century rides 3) potential short tours. I would build it up with a front dynamo hub and a fork with mounts for a rack and stuff.

    Tell me what to do! Specifically if you have ridden BOTH the Jake the Snake AND the DC, that would be immensely helpful.

    Muchas Gracias.
    I like the hills.

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    Senior Member slowride454's Avatar
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    sorry I haven't ridden the Kona, but can attest to the awesome ride and beauty of the Soma.









    since these were taken I added a Selle Anitomica Titanixo X saddle. Pure heaven.
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    What does the Soma offer other than discs over you JTS?
    I have a JTS myself, & used it to commute for a few months before I got my Opus Senterio. My JTS is now my Pit bike for CX.
    I've pondered selling my JTS too, but its such a great bike. It does all, & is relatively light weight. That makes it hard to part with.

    I've never ridden a Soma, but I see a tonne around town.
    More so than the JTS, but not the Kona Dew lineup of.
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    Senior Member WestMass's Avatar
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    What are those gold wheels!?
    I like the hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestMass View Post
    What are those gold wheels!?
    Those look like gold Velocity Chukker rims to me. Could be wrong.

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    Senior Member slowride454's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestMass View Post
    What are those gold wheels!?
    H Plus Son formation face 42s without brake tracks. They very stiff and are a joy to ride
    Specialized Roubaix - Canfield Brothers Yelli Screamy - Soma Double Cross Disc

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    If your favorite LBS is willing to open an account, they could order the frame for you.

    ( I checked the shops listed through SOMA - they don't have them in stock), where I could actually ride this bike.
    or any of those that you found already with a dealer account with ...
    Merry Sales, the importing distributor [SOMA is their trade mark brand]

    .. of these parts, can order one . sorry they did not have clairvoyance to read your mind.
    and have your wish fulfilled before you asked , or thought to ask.

    shops are not infinitely wealthy, the have to borrow money for inventory, For at least the time
    it takes to sell the items.
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    If I had one bike and was considering another, first thing I'd do is check geometry and then tubing. This is largely a guessing game with lots of subjective judgement and not a lot of objective empiricism to go with.

    Try to figure out how the differences in geometry will play out -- are the angles different, is the TT the same for the same given size, chainstay length, bb drop.

    Then take a look at the difference in tubing used. Is the Soma tubing some kind of supposed upgrade?

    Extrapolate from there -- do the differences in geometry, tubing, and paint really make that much of a difference? Will it be that much better than the bike I have? Is the expense worth it to me?

    And then, after all that, I'd probably post this thread over on the cyclocross forum, seeing as how these are cyclocross bikes, and as popular as they are with commuters, you might get more pertinent replies over there...
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    Bottom line: everyone here should listen to Mconlonx... he has it figured out and the rest of you, well, don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost Ryder View Post
    What does the Soma offer other than discs over you JTS?
    I think a major difference besides the disc option, the Soma is made of Tange Prestige DB Steel Tubing verses 7005 Aluminum that the Kona offers.

    I have now 6 different bikes including a Merlin, I have a Soma Double Cross Non-Disc version and it is my favorite go-to bike, hands down. Mine is self-built with M900 series XTR and H Plus Son TB14 Rims.



    Since picture taken, I have added SKS fenders

    I love my Merlin, but like the geo of this bike better. I've ridden it in Cities, Rails-to-Trails and light touring.
    Last edited by Deaver; 11-15-13 at 09:55 AM.

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    SOMA makes some of the very best in steel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPablo View Post
    SOMA makes some of the very best in steel!
    Hear, Hear, Raises glass in concurance

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