My question is: what decent steel frames would you recommend I look for on the used market, for this sort of build? (see below)
Am just not familiar with all the little "gem" frames out there that might suit, from over the last 35yrs or so. Presume the frame is available in the right size, and presume I can find one. Prefer a great steel, fairly bomb-proof build quality.
Have been getting back into the cycling arena again, over the past few months. Much has changed, with materials and quality, since I last looked.
Am considering finding a great steel frame on the used market, for building up a decent commuter bike. Can be a hybrid/MTB style. Would prefer with a shorter-travel suspension fork, though a get steel or carbon fork will work. Possibly a mixte road frame. Prefer a somewhat more upright flat-bar road/hybrid type posture, edging away from the more straight-up posture "comfort" bikes have. Prefer to end up as a 2x10spd or possibly 8-11spd IGH, though have no troubles starting with a more-standard double or triple road or MTB component group to get it rolling.
Have standover height issues, with 28" max. Have somewhat shorter legs, with decent reach (~23-24" ETT, <28" standover). Prefer a longer wheelbase (>43"), but not vital. Prefer <28 lbs overall, with a light rear rack and full fenders; so, not a superlight but definitely on the lighter side. Am not familiar with the many suitable frames that are out there in the past 30yrs or so.
Examples of the sort of bike I'm looking to end up with, of the contemporary offerings: what Surley does on their Ogre and Troll "touring", or even their Krampus and Karate Monkey bikes; Soma Saga, perhaps, if only it had a step-thru standover height; possibly even bikes of this sort, CorraTec Shape Urban One. The Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra also grabs me, but it's just too darned big/tall. These concepts, but in a step-thru, step-over, mixte or otherwise lowered TT arrangement to the frame. However, most of these modern variants are simply too tall for me, let alone being more expensive than I want to go. I'd adjust the stem, bars, seat and post accordingly, of course. I'd get it rolling, then add the "right" components after. I just need a great starting point.
Many thanks for the assist.