Poking around a local bike co-op today, I noticed a used bike hanging up that just drew me in. It was a Soma Doublecross, which I haven't heard really anything about other than an ad in Dirtrag I saw a few months ago. Upon inspecting it, I found that it wasn't anything too flashy, but looked like a nice, solid ride. It had a single chainring on front, XT deraileurs, Azonic stem, Salsa bars, Avid shorty brakes, Jandd rack, braze-ons on nice lugged fork, WTB saddle...Didn't notice any dings or flaws at all, and looked nice. It was selling for $550. It wasn't light enough for real racing, but I'm not a cross racer yet. I am interested in a bike that can handle daily commuting, weekend road riding, and singletrack riding as well. Seems like this would be perfect for that.
Anyone know anything about this Soma bike? I have a 2000 Trek 520, and compared the 2 bikes and realized they are actually pretty similar. Does anyone know if I could put some stronger wheels on the 520 and use it off-road? I've ridden it on hard singletrack and it seems to be pretty sturdy. Should I offer to trade bikes, or is the Soma not as good of quality?
Also, it seems like I read somewhere that Soma is making a hemp bike or something. Any truth to that?