Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Bikes: '01 Trek Clyde 4-speed, Surly Cross-check ss/fg
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I went through the same just recently. I was all set to get a Smoothie ES, but I waited 2 months for the frame and then found out it would take another 2 months before it would arrive. That's no fault of Soma, IMO, nobody promised me it would arrive any sooner. But I got sick of waiting. In that time I also swung back to my initial idea that I wanted to try a SS/FG bike. My LBS had a crosscheck in stock so I had them build that up as a SS/FG.
I'll be changing the handlebar and saddle shortly, and switching from clips to clipless, but I've really been enjoying it. It doesn't feel too jittery or over-responsive or anything, and compared to my previous bike ('00 Trek Clyde)it seems plenty light. I had been riding that bike exclusively for 6 years, and old 3-speeds and schwinns w/ country handlebars for years before that, so this is the first time I've had a road type bike in a longtime and I don't have similar bikes to compare it to.
A couple things to point out though:
Smoothie vs. Smoothie ES, the ES has more room for bigger tires and FENDERS.
Soma vs. Surly, the Soma frames (doublecross, Smoothie, and ES) all have vertical dropouts, the Surly crosscheck has horizontal. So if you think you will want to try SS/FG at some point it will be alot easier (and arguably mechanically better) with the crosscheck. The difference in tubing was already covered above.
Lastly, and a minor point at that, if you like debadging your bike, the Surly decals come off pretty easy whereas the Soma decals are under a clearcoat.