SS mountain bike advice
I've got a Specialized Rockhopper rigid mountain bike that I'm looking to convert to single speed. The bike includes frame, fork, Mavic low grade wheels, Deore LX rear/ STX front hubs. Has a hyperglide 8 speed rear (cassette?) and triple rings in front. Steel frame with shallow horizontal dropouts.
How would you recommend I finish this build up in terms of drivetrain? I'd like a single chainring to replace the triple and a freewheel rear, not fixed. Price is open, would rather spend more and get sturdy parts.
If you help me I'll post pictures of the build...the frame is a sexy bright red