Looking for a SS cross bike. A friend of mine and I want to do a little local cross circuit next season and we both really want to do it on a single speed. I would like to keep it under $1k, but I can always save more money if required.
The bike will be used for light cyclocross, winter riding (when the snow is not too deep on the trails), gravel road rides, ****ty weather, and an extra bike for friends to ride when they visit.
My preferred bike shop recommended the Raleigh Furley. Seems like a nice bike. I like the idea that if I decided I hate single speed cross I can always put gears on it at a later date. From what I read the disc brakes are complete garbage, so I would plan on having Avid BB7s put on before I even take delivery. Can get a complete bike for $800 + new brakes.
My next option at another bike shop is the All City Nature Boy. I could do a frame build, or a complete bike. The complete bike is within my price range. Seems like a nice bike, love the internal cable for the rear brake. Uses canti brakes. A plus on that is I could use my bomb proof road wheels I had made on the Nature Boy. If discs really take off and I decided I want discs, I could always put a different fork on there and run a disc on the front. Can get a complete bike for just under $1,000
Another option at that bike shop is the Traitor Crusade SS. Seems like an awesome bike, doesn't feel heavy at all for a steel bike. Shop said if I go with Traitors build (which includes nice Velocity wheels, SRAM levers, Avid brakes) I am looking at 1600$. He then said I could do a frame only and he could build it up for around 1400$, depending on options. Uses Canti brakes. The bummer is he had some 2012s he was clearing out for $1k, but none in my size. Had 58s and 52s, I need a 56 or 54 (roadbike is a 56)
Last option, buy a chinese carbon disc frame and do the build myself. Figure I would have 12-1300$ into it.
Anything else I should be looking at? Any opinions on my current options?