At the risk of splitting hairs;
I'm considering two frame-sets for light touring and credit card touring along the Katy Trail. The bike will also do double duty as a long distance Gravel Grinder bike. I'm looking for a sports touring frame-set that will accept 700x45 tires. I would also like to carry about 35 lbs of racks, bags and clothes for 3 day touring trips that will cover about 250 miles. I'm 210 lbs and am a strong cyclist who can complete a 6 hour solo-century. I find that some bikes are not rigid enough for me. I also want a 25 lbs bike once all the racks, bags and other touring accessories are removed.
I'm considering these two framesets;
The Bruce Gordon BLT: http://www.bgcycles.com/blt.html
The Black Mountain Monster Cross: http://www.blackmtncycles.com/p/blac...es-frames.html
I have about 15,000 miles on a Soma Double Cross. I'm seeking a beefier frame-set. The Double Cross feels overly flexy whenever I need to climb, even when unloaded. It also feels flexy when loaded.
I'm not expecting Long Haul Trucker load capacity, but I do need a more solid and stable frame than the Soma.