I am envisioning a new commuter bike for myself and I can't find a frame like this. I basically want a Karate Monkey but 26" instead of 700c (29"). I want long-ish chain stays for a rack and panniers. Horizontal dropouts with a derailer hanger. Front suspension. Braze-ons for racks and fenders. Front suspension, hard tail of course. Room for 2.25" tires. Steel.
I basically want the same as my old Rock Hopper (http://rykoala.org/ryko/fixedgear.html) has, but with front suspension. The roads I ride on are getting progressively worse and worse. I also want to be able to ride fixed most of the season but be able to go 24 speed if I wish, for longer rides and trail riding.
Its too bad there's no Karate Monkey in 26", it would do everything. Its just that I already have all the wheels I need in 26", including a set of Nokian studded tires, so I'm already invested heavily in that. I don't want to have to go buy everything all over again in 700c, that would be very expensive.
Does anybody have any suggestions for such a beast as this?