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    soma double cross or surly cross check

    How do these two frames match up? What is the difference in Reynolds 631 on the soma and the 4130 cro-moly steel? I'm going to be using the bike for commuting and touring. What would you recomend?

    thanks a ton,
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    Reynolds 631 is very nice stuff, surly's 4130 is anyones guess. I know nothing more so Ill keep quiet.

    good luck, youll love either!
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    Revtor-
    I noticed you have a 2004 lemond poprad. that was actually the bike i was set on getting but i was told it is pretty expensive and complecated to convert it from a double to a trip crank in the front. I saw the pic of yours and you have a tripple...how did you go about doing that? Was it complicated?
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenbeing
    How do these two frames match up? What is the difference in Reynolds 631 on the soma and the 4130 cro-moly steel? I'm going to be using the bike for commuting and touring. What would you recomend?

    thanks a ton,
    gb
    I've been researching Soma versus Surly for the same thing (commuting and touring). What I've heard so far is that Surly is the way to go. A bike store owner me one of his customers is a hardcore commuter and they went through 3 or 4 Soma frames before giving up and just going to Surly (the Long Haul Trucker). The Soma frames kept breaking. I know Soma has a good guarantee on the frame but it sounds like depending how you use the bike you may have better luck with a Surly. I haven't purchased anything yet but I think Surly will be my choice over Soma (although I really wanted to buy a California company bike).

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    I weigh 250 lbs and have been commuting and doing weekend rides on my Soma for 4 months now. Lots of crappy pavement and 700x28 105psi tires, no frame breakage (yet).

    I hope your friend's experience is an isolated case. Where, exactly, is he getting the breakage? I'd like to keep an eye on it for signs of problems.
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    One guy went through 3 or 4 frames!? Um, hardcore alright! Many people will never see a frame break in a lifetime. Something to keep an eye on anyway. Maybe he had a carbon fork?

    I've owned my Doublecross since the start of last year (bought frame online from Bulltek sports in CA) and have given it plenty of miles and mild abuse. I spend all day riding it its that comfortable, basically my car at the moment (my actual car is older than me, built 1976). The other week I completed a 150km ride that included 20km off road through forest and mud. Lots of fun, not too fast though and I nearly got lost.

    The Surly Crosscheck looks great imo, and would probably be a much better choice for touring, even though both have the same length chainstay. With some weight in my pannier bags the Soma does feel a liitle softer than normal, especially when descending and hitting bumps.

    Michaelnel I've seen pics of your Soma, very nice!!

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    Thank you. Got any pictures of yours?
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