I bought the double cross as a rain bike and commuting machine. While not light by any means, the bike's weight seems to disappear beneath me. It's remarkably lively, steers like a dream, and responds well under power. I really appreciate the rear brake's full-housing run and the ample supply of fender eyelets.
My current build (56cm) has the Shimano WH-RX05 Disc Clincher Wheelset along with 10-speed 105. It weighs in at around 27lbs. Again, not a super light race bike, but it rides like a dream and feels very confident in rough pavement.
This is a comforter all-rounder bike perfect for more casual ridingcommuting and graveldirtwinter riding esp with disc. And it's steel. In this format, however, that steel flexes under hard cornering and if you tour, keep it light (under 25lbs gear). More wt than that and the frame noodles (FYI, I weigh only 142LBS) feeling like the front end is disconnected from the back end, esp when out of saddle or on rough road (crossed the rockies 3x in one particular tour on rough roads and regretted not bringing my Ti MTB with steel fork in a 26 format). BTW, I tour and ride anywhere (10,000 miles and counting but ticking off fewer miles nowadays with kids).
For the money, I was happy with the frame (sold it since and built a custom Ti tourer for my riding habits, steel fork of course). This Soma is NOT a bike that handles it ALL as suggested in the Western Bikeworks description. Just know what it best works for and if that fits your riding stylegoals, then buy it and enjoy the smooth ride.