for the last few months I've been riding a surly 1x1 (26er MTB SS frame) that I rigged up to have gears, 700x38c tires and a titec H bar... here is a pic with the only diff being the brooks saddle.
it's not a bad ride but changing a flat on it is a huge pain due to the derailleur hanger setup and the bigger issue is the bars are just a bit low for comfort... so I've decided to turn it back into a SS and sell it and the money can go towards building/buying something more appropriate.
what I've been considering is taking all the old parts and swapping them onto a disc trucker frame... i'd need a headset, front der, and cable stops but everything else would swap over... down the road I could move to a drop bar.
my other thoughts are to build up a Soma ES... it honestly is more fitting for what I'd like to ride but I know it will take me longer to build up as I would need to buy a fork, wheels, bars, brakes (calipers and leavers), shifters and some other odds and ends... in the long run it's a more expensive option.
third option is just outright buying a bike, bikesdirect motobecan vent noir or something similar...
background on me... i'm 320ish lbs, 6'3ish... based on my previous experience on bikes both mtn and road I am comfortable buying any of these frames and confident in my sizing choice... in the past i've been primary a MTBer but used the road for fitness in times that I couldn't get to the trail... my current location has me spending virtually all my time on the road so any one of these could meet my road needs... I'm also intending to do a few century rides and the MS150 next year and as my fitness level increases I'll do more group rides (done a few nearing 30 miles but been able to lately)
financially the Disc trucker makes the most logical sense... I'm no racer so so quick handling isn't needed, but I have no intention of touring so maybe this is overkill?
the soma ES is where my heart is... I had an steel lugged road bike and the geo is very similar and it seems to be the best compromise of what sort of ride I want... the bad is it will take me a while to build it up so I'll be on my MTB for longer than Id like.
the bikes direct bike would get me a nice bike for a good price but i'd prefer a steel frame and more sport geometry would be nice.
so i'd like some thoughts of other people... my thought right now is buying the disc trucker and then selling my MTB and building the soma... but other knowledgeable people chiming in may help out