I'm thinking to get some parts, and build (I'd try and do most of it myself this time, learning experiences and all that) a singlespeed, lightweight mountain bike with XC geometry. Going to be used for trails, dirt roads, etc. For now I'll keep my hardrock, but might sell it in favour of a P.1 or maybe a more trials-y bike.
I'd like to have it be around 23lb or so. Price isn't a huge concern, I just have to justify it to myself. But under or around $1k would be good. And I can hold off on some lens purchases for a couple months anyway.
Does anyone have recommendations for good frames with horizontal drops? Cromoly is good, aluminum would work though. I'd like to use my MX Pro, rather than a rigid fork.
I saw this IRO Cycles Mia, which looks pretty nice - http://irocycle.com/id104.html
Or there's the Soul Cycles Hooligan, which has an EBB instead of horizontal drops - http://www.ridesoul.com/content/hooligan.html
Or the Fetish Fixation - http://www.fetishcycles.com/Fixation.html
But out of those, only the IRO is cromoly...
How about a wheelset? Do you think I'd be better off choosing a singlespeed hub and a matching front and getting them custom built? Or looking for a prebuilt singlespeed wheelset, or using a singlespeed kit on a 9-speed cassette hub (I'd rather not, considering this is just about a ground-up build anyway).
I'd like disc brakes, but if it's a huge money savings to get a non-disc singlespeed hub, V-brakes would be alright too.
Any thoughts or comments are appreciated