Ok Gents... (and I use that term VERY losely in THIS crowd...
My reasoning for a SS bike.
1. I have a very good FS 26'er already... that I have spent many hours on, and love it. I have been puttng $$ into it lately, updating the suspension, chain line, brakes, etc... so, since I like how it rides, it will serve me well for many years to come as my "go to" bike.
2. I have wanted a SS since they first started showing up a few years ago. I would say, since 2002... but have never really been in a position to do it.
3. I want this to make me focus on my lines, pedal efficiency, and just to hone me as a rider. I have a Hard Tail (geared) 26'er, but it is a 2001 vintage, and I keep it around, simply for nostalgia reasons.
4. This will be my "play" bike, so to speak. I am not a jumper, and not even what I would classify as a competitive rider. However, it would be nice to throw this SS on my rack, head out to Alafia, and try to ride it the way I ride my FS bike. It would also be a fun bike to ride if it's muddy or wet. Since there are less moving parts, it would be a bit easier to maintain.
5. I want a good frame. I love my old Jamis Dragon. The Reynolds tubing is VERY sweet... I can only imagine that this Jamis Dragin frame would retain some of the ride properties of my 26'er.
6.The $1K mark is do-able on my budget, down the line. I don't know much about SS choices, but Jamis has a reputation of spec'ing out bikes very solidly. I don't know much about the Fork on this bike, but it has rebound / compression damping, which is important to me. I'm sure, later down the line, I would stick a FOX on it... but I would ride the snot out of it the way it comes.
7. SS are just way too cool. I know when I see someone riding one, and they are making it up climbs / cleaning areas that gives geared riders fits, it brings a smile to my face. Seeing someone clear sections on a UNI cycle, well... that makes me just tuck my tail and whimper off...
So, there ya have it. It's reasonable, and I just wanted to have someone in the "know" take a look at that Jamis, and let me know if it would be a good platform to start on... or should I just buy a frame and go piece by piece...