Hello all. Please forgive yet another iteration of the 'which bike' thread, but I wanted to double check something before I pull the trigger on a pretty major cash outlay. After months of research and self-education (many thanks to everyone here, I have learned a lot even though I have posted very little), I have decided to build a bike before spring. My needs are pretty difficult to fill, as I am 5'9," 275 lbs (for now), but I have very short legs (I need a 29 inch or less standover, 28 is definitely more ideal) and I have found myself in a spot where it seems like I have much of a choice other than a Surly Long Haul Trucker. There are a number of frames I would rather get, such as the Handsome Devil, the Kogswell P/R, or the VO polyvalent, but none of them come in a small enough size. It isn't that I dislike the LHT, but it would not be my first choice if I had legs long enough for other frames. The Surly is also pretty close to as pricey as I can go (oh to be able to afford a Riv at the moment...), considering the total cost is already going to be between 1000 and 1500 bucks to build what I need and want correctly the first time. I just wanted to make sure that I am not overlooking any frames out there that would be strong enough and small enough for me. I am wary of going used, because again, I want to be sure I get this bike right the first time, and after trolling the three or four nearest craigslist locales for months, nothing suitable has come up. My poor sears free spirit greenbriar that I bought just to have something to ride short term can't handle another season.
Do I have any options other than the Surly?