like the look of the pista - don't know of one for sale
santa cruz heckler - current allround bike but set up for x country
giant tcr - commuting and triathlon
kona mano mano - 2001 model - probably a better x country bike than the heckler
a girls bike
there's also an 08 avanti hammer frame hanging there. i was going to build a hardtail but it got too expensive (as opposed to just buying one.
wouldn't mind a 29er
Hey, The bianchi is a really good bike !!!!
It's not really cheaper to buid it youself.
the good thing in building it by yourself is that you can start with really cheap part, and time after time when you have money buying better things.
That's what i did, i bought crappie frame for 60$. A friend lent me a pair of wheel. I found all the part in friends' rubbish. Then i deal a pair of wheel against the design of a bike shop blog, And last year I find a good pista frame for 200$.
Now i realise I spent a lot of money in my bike, more than if i had bought it complete.
The fixie are really expensive because it's fashionable, but actually, it's a really simple bike, you do not need a lot of parts.
i bought a frame, forks and disc brakes for a total of $300. i thought i'd swap all the parts from the kona dually to make a hardtail - then build it up over the years. came unstuck when i realised i had to buy new wheels (disc ready) and the bike shop told me the forks i bought were the heaviest you can buy. worked out it was going to cost around $600 more. a second hand hardtail with the same parts was $850... grrr. still might do it just to learn. having said all that a fixie/ss would be relatively cheap to build i reckon! $100 for a bike mechanic to build once you have the parts apparently.