I'm looking for the perfect frame for my next build and looking for suggestions. This is going to be a commuter bike. I want disc brakes with thru-axles, a classic road-ish geometry as much as possible, clearance for wide tires and fenders and a rear rack. Oh and steel is real :) I'm also going to set it up with flat bars and a 1x drivetrain (probably SRAM Rival 1x).
So far, I have:
-All City Gorilla Monsoon
Looks to check all the boxes but very expensive! Also, I read on a review that it was heavy. I'm not sure if this is just coming from someone that's not used to steel bikes or if it really is heavy compared to, say, a Surly frame.
-Black Mountain Cycles Monster Cross Disc (MCD)
Also checks most of the boxes at a better price. The only thing is the geometry is more like a mountain bike than a road bike but IDK if that would work to my advantage with the flat bar setup I'm planning.
Any more suggestions?