Purchased an XL in January and it finally arrives in late February. After contacting Litespeed first, ordered the bike with the understanding that the fork steerer tube is 350 mm. Well it comes stock with a 300 mm steerer tube. Way to short for an XL frame. After much effort, and many phone calls between Litespeed and WBW, I can buy a 350 mm TRP fork from Litespeed and get a credit for the 300 mm steerer tube. Much better with the longer steerer in a 22 cm headtube xl frame. Used mavic disc wheels, 19 mm internal width with 30cc tires stock. 11 speed ultegra shifting. Did not go electronic. 11-40 cassette with a road link combined with a 46-36 ultegra crank. Bike rides nice. Very quiet and sound. Used a praxis bottom bracket and a cane creak headset. It is a little too early to say how this bike is going to perform. But so far so good. It seems pretty stiff, especially for titanium. Need to ride it on some gravel. Have only taken it on a few short trails.
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.