Originally Posted by nightfly
If I wanted to build something like this, but more of a ghetto version with probably with a steel frame with horizontal drop outs to avoid the cost of an eccentric hub:
Anyone recommend a good inexpensive back wheel, bars and stem and cranks for something like this?
I know that guy and that bike very well - I helped him build it. Its a very sweet bike.
Lots of ways to go about this project, depending on budget:
Any cheap-ass mountain bike can serve as a base - they are plentiful, but like you said - if you really want this to be a fix then go for horiz dropouts (more common on cheap-ass bikes anyway).
Check out Danscomp.com for BMX stem and bars - you could probably get them for a minimum of $40 for the set. The BMX stem fits right on a threadless 1 1/8 fork, or you can get one for a threaded fork, depending on what your bike has. But you do need a BMX stem for BMX bars. Also make sure you know what your rear spacing is (I'll assume 135mm).
As far as a back wheel - there aren't a lot of really cheap fixed gear mountain bike wheels out there that I know of. Cheapest is to build it yourself using a hub / reuse an old rim and possibly even spokes - maybe a Surly or Kogswell hub or something like that. There's a much better (and cheaper) selection of hubs if you can squeeze a 120mm jobbie in your frame.
Um... if you give me a sense of budget or ask more questions I might be able to add something else.