Triple Cross Stainless – SOMA Fabrications Adds Sparkle and Shine

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Frameset only. Components and rust are not included. Soma Fabrications’ stainless steel Triple Cross disc brake cyclocross bike. © Cyclocross Magazine

Editor’s Note: This article is from our mud-loving friends at Cyclocross Magazine and originally appeared on cxmagazine.com. It was written by tester and bike geek at CXM, Clifford Lee. Visit them for your daily cyclocross fix.

SOMA Fabrications has expanded its cyclocross line-up with a new frame for the dirt and gravel set called the Triple Cross. The new frame is made from American-made KVA MS2 stainless steel tubing, fillet brazed with brass, and sold with a unique unpainted polished finish.

The frameset was designed in Northern California with input from Tony Tom, who has been part of the local road and mountain bike scene for decades, and is the longtime owner of A Bicycle Odyssey in Sausalito, California.

Soma Fabrications goes upscale with the stainless steel Triple Cross disc brake cyclocross bike. © Cyclocross Magazine

SOMA still offers the Double Cross that we reviewed very favorably in Issue 7, back in the summer of ’09, as an excellent steel ’cross bike that doesn’t break the bank. The Double Cross Disc came out shortly thereafter and you might think that the Triple Cross is a shiny version of that, but it is designed to be a bit racier with a steeper seat tube angle and a longer top tube giving a more forward position, yet with a 6mm shorter wheelbase. Combined with a 7.0cm bottom bracket drop, 4mm lower than the Double Cross, this bike is perfect for gravel events and modern cyclocross courses.

At $1995 MSRP, the price climbed compared to the Double Cross, but it’s understandable considering the material, construction and polish. Still, given the construction details of the frame, it still seems to be a good value for stainless, consistent with SOMA Fabrications’ other offerings… But it must be said that $2k puts the frame well into the custom builder price range (without the extra cost of stainless).

The Triple Cross is available as a frameset only, tipping the scale at 4.0 pounds even in a 56cm size. It has a straight 1 ⅛” head tube, so disc fork choices are a bit more limited since most new ‘cross disc forks are coming out with tapered steerers. Two choices available from SOMA are the Double Cross steel fork, and an aluminum steerer-equipped Tange carbon fork.

Soma Fabrications’ stainless steel Triple Cross disc brake cyclocross bike with nude brass brazing. © Cyclocross Magazine

We reached into the Cyclocross Magazine parts bin, with some help from Merry Sales, distributor of SOMA Fabrications frames, to put together the disc brake-equipped Triple Cross for our usual thorough testing and review.  Look for the full review of this unique-looking stainless cyclocross frame in upcoming Issue 23.

Specifications
  • Material: KVA MS2 stainless steel, brass fillet brazed
  • MSRP: $1995.99
  • Country of origin: China

For more information visit SomaFab.com

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KVA Stainless Tubing

KVA stainless tubing forms the Soma Fabrications' stainless steel Triple Cross disc brake cyclocross bike. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Fender and Rack Mounts

Chainstay-mounted disc brakes, fender and rack mounts. Soma Fabrications' stainless steel Triple Cross disc brake cyclocross bike. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Bottle Mounts

Intricate, double-reinforced bottle mounts. Soma Fabrications' stainless steel Triple Cross disc brake cyclocross bike. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Soma Fab's Stainless Steel Triple Cross

Soma Fabrications' stainless steel Triple Cross disc brake cyclocross bike. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Head Badge

Soma Fabrications goes upscale with the stainless steel Triple Cross disc brake cyclocross bike. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Nude Brass Brazing

Soma Fabrications’ stainless steel Triple Cross disc brake cyclocross bike with nude brass brazing. © Cyclocross Magazine
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BSA Bottom Bracket

BSA bottom bracket, and nude brass fillet brazing. Soma Fabrications' stainless steel Triple Cross disc brake cyclocross bike. © Cyclocross Magazine
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Soma Fab's Stainless Steel Triple Cross

Frameset only. Components and rust are not included. Soma Fabrications’ stainless steel Triple Cross disc brake cyclocross bike. © Cyclocross Magazine
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