But here's the kicker... it needs to be available for purchase in 54cm. And disc capable.
That's ruled out:
Soma Double Cross DC
Kona Jake The Snake
Neither of which seem to be in stock anywhere in 54cm.
Not particularly fond of the Surly Crosscheck and can't stand the Salsa colors. Special preference given to steel..
I know I'm missing some out there, looking to the collective for ideas. Not looking to give up my first born as far as cost is concerned.
Oh, and on edit... Nothing from BikesDirect. I own one of their heaps. Never again.