Need advice on steel CX frames (has Soma got around to improving their welds?!)
I'm looking for a decent CX frame, preferably steel. I thought I was set on a Soma Double Cross, but I've seen quite a few reviewers complaining about the welds just snapping (seatstay, chainstay, head tube). One from something as simple as hauling ass up a hill with panniers, another from hitting a large bump. So my question is, has Soma improved their welds on the DC or should I avoid it? If not the Soma, is there a recommendation for a similar frame with light-ish steel? Having a tighter geometry would also be very appreciated. (If at all possible I'd also like to be able to have horizontal dropouts, since I'll be riding single speed until I can afford gears, hehe).
Also, I heard the Surly CrossCheck has a lower bottom bracket and not as tight a geometry, any merit to this?
EDIT: I ride a 58cm frame on my Surly LHT and I have ~34 inseam (all my jeans are 34, anyway).
Last edited by insomniac; 02-03-10 at 12:35 AM.