So I found a great deal on a beautiful XL Niner SIR frame. I am way into steel and I'm tall so it seemed like a great idea at the time. Now I need a set of components and I'm kinda shocked at how expensive stuff is. I'm more or less a retro-grouch who is used to finding used parts for $5 or $10 at the local collective for my road and city bikes. The parts bins there though have pretty much nothing for mountain bikes and especially not for a 29er.
I looked at the component sets at Jensen which start at $650. That is a lot cheaper than buying the stuff individually, but it still seems like a lot to me.
So then it occurred to me that I could order a single speed 29er from BikesDirect, strip most of the parts and sell whatever I can't use (frame and crankset as the Niner claims to require an externally geared BB). I'm thinking the Windsor Cliff or the Dawes Bulls-eye. My criteria is the cheapest SS with disc brakes that is still available in XL.
I know the wheel-set may not be the top of the line, but I can't afford the top of the line anyway. I figure if stuff breaks I can replace it over time which is I guess, slightly wasteful but it seems like it would be much easier on my budget, save me a ton of time pouring over ebay and craigslist for used components.
I intend to use it for single-track - most of which is not very technical. Mostly I'll be using it at Palos (outside of Chicago) although occasionally it might see some action on camping trips in Wisconsin.
My question for you is, is this crazy? If so, can you suggest an alternative that won't break the bank? I'm hoping to get everything I need for < $500.