My CC is set up as a commuter/light touring bike. I can't comment on how it compares to other brands (Salsa, Soma, Kona, etc) because it's my first serious bike. What I can is so far I'm satisfied.
It's pretty much set up stock except
Surly Nice Racks front and rear
Specialized Armadillo All Condition 700x25 skinnies
Brooks B17 narrow and bar tape
26t granny gear
The Surly racks are going to have to go until I actually go on a tour. I find that at a combined 7lbs, they just take the nimbleness, agility and fun out of the ride. I'm using a Wingnut Adventure pack
for the time being and it really is an amazing backpack; pretty much all I use to haul around junk on a daily basis. Can't recommend it highly enough. Well worth the $145.
Secondly, although the Armadillo's are plenty fast and hard, and they have crushed glass as advertised by my LBS, they just aren't very smooth over potholes, bumps, and generally rough riding conditions which is what I ride through a lot of the time. That's why I'm considering going back to the stock Ritchey Speedmax 700x32 knobbies. They're fatter (and I imagine more comfortable) and the idea of an all-purpose on road/off road tire really appeals to me. I might even take the Ritchey's on tour.
The SKS fenders do what they're meant to do. Can't complain.
The German Bike Mirror
is indispensable. It's really given me the confidence to ride through congested areas with little to no shoulder.
The Brooks is very nice, of course but I really recommend a professional fitting. Small adjustments make a huge difference in the comfortability dept.