I've been browsing the forum on and off for a few years now and finally decided it was time to make an account and actually ask for advice myself.
For the last couple months I've been riding my Trek 400 single speed conversion. Nothing too special (mix of new and old parts that got cobbled together), just wanted to figure out if I enjoyed riding a single speed or not (as it turns out, I really did!). Had an unfortunate run-in with a parked car and bent up the frame beyond repair, so now I have an expensive piece of wall-art and am looking for a new frame. Will be building more or less from the ground up on an overall budget of ~$600.
That said, I've been browsing the forums for opinions on the best frames for the cost (I want to spend roughly half the budget on the frame, so ~$300) and there doesn't really seem to be a common ground. So I thought I'd throw this up here myself and see if giving my own specifications could help narrow it down. Besides budget, I'm looking for CroMo as opposed to aluminum, want the frame drilled for both front and rear brakes, and intend to use the bike for urban/suburban commuting. Let me know if you need/want any more info to give an opinion.