Open to any and all to respond:
Pros and Cons of building my own vs buying a prebuilt singlespeed crosser.
If you suggest buying a model, what are your recommendations?
If you suggest building, I am a Cannondale fan, so that would probably (but not definitely) be the frame of choice. After that, recommendations on hubs, cranks, chain, wheels, head sets would all be very welcome. Oh, and unfortunately, money does enter the picture... unless you want to help fund the project with donated parts or cash!
I too enjoy building my bikes but have realized the cost equation was working against me - my Mongoose Croix I think I swapped just about everything out except the originaly wheelset, frame/fork, brifters and seatpost. Of course that was over the course of a year, so...
Most recent I was building a bike from a frame I had and found out that groupset alone was going to be 3/4 the cost of what I could get a whole new bike with the same grouppo on it for. So I bought new.
I have always built up my cross bikes, but am a packrat of parts and thus usually only need a part or two new to complete a cross bike. My single speed setupp is a Surly CrossCheck that gets changed to a geared training bike in the non-cross season. I like the option of horizontal rear dropouts, but it still has a hangar for the derailluer.
If you are just looking to use it for singlespeed racing there are lots of options at every price range that you would find tough to come close building. On the other hand if you look at a full bike and start mentally adding upgrades...