I am 6' 1" and around 245. I am a long torso, short-legged Clydesdale. My inseam runs right at 30". I have a hard time finding a bike that feels right. I have been riding an 18" Giant Boulder SE with a 6* 115mm Easton stem and 40mm riser bar. This bike is one of the few bikes I can stand over comfortably and not feel cramped.
I now have the desire for a 29er, and I purchased a 16.5" Rocky Mountain Hammer 29 frame. The specs on the geometry are similar to my Giant, but the Boulder SE has a 22.9 inch top tube and the Hammer has a 23.7 top tube, so I should be able to run a shorter stem. I am considering building a 1X9, and was looking at suggestions for budget-conscious options for the rear derailleur, cassette, and shifter. I am most likely going to get a 29er single-speed build kit and delete the rear cog and spacer kit so that I can add my own gearing system.
I want to stay around 1k total for the build. I have $250 in the frame, I picked up a new take-off SR Suntour Raidon 100mm from a Giant Talon for $80, and the build kit from Jenson is going to run around $630 with the rear spacer and cog kit deleted. Has anyone else built a 1X9 29er, and what are some suggestions for a cassette, derailleur, and shifter combo that would stay in the $100-$150 range?
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