I'm strongly considering building a SS hardtail. Where better to ask for advice than STW
I currently own one bike (superlight Cannondale Scalpel). Most of the time running one bike is awesome, when something goes wrong though it's a PITA and can mean a fair amount of time without a working bike. I tend to travel a lot for work too and some times I wish for a simple no nonsense bike to get a quick hour or so ride in without having to faff. I also think a SS could help with skills I'm too lazy to improve (riding out of the saddle/ keeping momentum/ etc).
Basically, I don't need one but want one
Rigid to keep the theme of simplicity running an hone the skills even more or sus fork to be more practical? I have a Magura Durin and Fox FIT RLC sat doing nothing but like the idea of a rigid fork.
EBB, horizontal drop outs or vertical dropout and tensioner? I'm leaning towards horizontal drop outs since they seem like the cheapest, cleanest and most durable option. Presumably it's a PITA to remove the rear wheel though?
Robust steel frame to again keep the simple and robust theme going or nice and light XC frame to make the most of the reduced overall weight?
I'm thinking 32T by 20T as it isn't pancake flat in these parts. Too low for most riding though? It's reasonably hilly and I think 32,20 gives a reasonable range for most offroad trails (7.4mph at 60rpm and 12.3mph at 100rpm). Wide base sprocket seems like the way to go too to not chew up freehubs.
Basically, what would the STW massif advise for getting the most fun out of a SS build but with least maintenance and greatest practicality?