I posted a similar thread in cyclo-cross, but I don't think this is spam because I also want to know if this would be a good bike to build up as a touring bike. So, questions are:
1) Is this a good frame for touring?
2) Is this a good deal? I would be throwing the components from my LeMond Etape on there
I have one and have toured on it. It works fine as long as you don't overload it. THe frame is definitely not as sturdy as a dedicated tourer, so just travel light. It also makes for a very versitle road/cross/commuter bike.
That price is OK, but not great, in my opinion if everything is pretty new. By comparison, that's about the same price as a new long haul trucker or cross check with a fork.
So get a Extra Smoothie! It uses long reach caliper brakes and is about as stiff as a Double Cross. Soma doesn't make a long wheel base, extra stiff touring bike-- as long as you carry less than 20 pounds, the Soma ES will be fine.