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    Frame Recommendations

    Hey guys, I don't ride cyclocross but am interested in getting a CX frame and built it up for commuting.

    I am seeking a frame with cantilever mounts, room for 700x28/32 tires & fenders, steel frame/fork, eyelets on the frame and stays.

    So far I have come across the Surly Cross Check and Soma Double Cross...what else is out there guys?

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    Make life easy on yourself and just get the cross check. Very versatile, loved by many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aggiegrads View Post
    Make life easy on yourself and just get the cross check. Very versatile, loved by many.
    Any idea why it is preferred over the Double Cross? Is Surly a more reputable manufacturer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdefran View Post
    Any idea why it is preferred over the Double Cross? Is Surly a more reputable manufacturer?
    More people have it, but you would be just as happy with the double cross. I think the Some is a bit more expensive. Make sure you are pricing the fork too. The Surly is sold as a frameset; Soma sells frame and fork separately. If you go for the disc version of the DC, you have even more versatility.

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    In addition to the Cross Check and Double Cross being on the consideration list, I also came across the Bianchi Velope. With the Bianchi though I would probably get an older frame and build it up.

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    The Soma Double Cross and the Surly Cross Check have a few differences worth noting;

    Surly sells either framesets or complete bikes and has a large dealer network.

    Soma sells frames: forks and other items are sold separately.

    The Soma has a better grade of tubing.

    Soma has a taller head-tube

    Soma has a disc brake & cantilever brake model.

    Soma has a vertical rear drop-out, Surly has horizontal drop-outs.
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    You can do better getting a complete bike, 700c wheel commuter oriented bikes
    are in every brand's line up, OEM complete is a better deal than frame and parts separately at retail.

    Visit your Local Bike shop. service after the sale..

    SBS /Redline, Conquest classic, throws in Disc brake option.. Steel
    other Aluminum Models are in the line up .
    Ridley is a QBP brand , they distribute, Surly/Salsa are brands they get made for them.

    Civia is a 3rd brand those have commuters in mind. Alloy

    Co Motion bikes are frames made in Oregon.

    Trek has a number of good bikes, Frame: lifetime warrantee ..
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    Thanks for all the great info guys. I think I might get the Nashbar Cyclocross (steel) full bike and sell the new parts I will be replacing for the desired build. Last day of 20%

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    I bought a Double Cross DC a few months ago and I love it. I definitely paid a premium for it with full 105, and a pretty decent wheelset, but I was prepared for it. The bike is amazingly fun to ride and I have no regrets.

    You can usually get a better deal on a Cross Check as Surly actually sells it as a complete bike with Tiagra (i think).

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