Does anyone know if there any manufacturers out there that offer steel hardtails spec'd with v-brakes? Everything I've seen is disc and usually start around $1200. Ideally what I'm trying to find is a mid-level steel hardtail w/ v-brakes in the $6-800 msrp or so range. Complete bike. I know there's a number of steel frames w/ brake studs to be had.
Why v-brakes, you ask increduously? I'm in so cal and discs aren't really necessary and for the price I'm looking for I would prefer to deal with v brakes than budget disc brakes.