So I am well underway with building the Monstercross. And... my mind has changed about a million times whilst building this bike.
The biggest change has been that I'm going to build this bike up singlespeed. I have not had a singlespeed in a while, and I like the simplicity of the setup. I traded my XLC wheels for a set of Alex 29er rims laced to a sealed generic singlespeed hub and a generic front hub. My dude Brian gave me some 18t cogs,including a disc mount fixed cog... which I will definitely will be trying out.
Still deciding about what handlebars to do... but dirt drops are awfully tempting.
I should have this bike together in the next week or so... just in time for fall muddy riding!