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Old 12-06-11, 06:12 PM   #1
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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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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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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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