This is a much cheaper option than buying a new bike or even a frame.
New Paragon Machine Works sliders and bolt-on thru-axle. Their stuff always makes my pants tight.
I'm not saying that I don't want a full suspension frame. I'm not saying I do. This is just what I'm doing now.
Ironically, I can remember getting this picture from Steve while he was building my frame:
"I'm never gonna run gears."
"Want me to hack them off?"
So yeah... I'm gonna have some sad zip-tie looking bullshit on my frame because I'm dumb.
Now is the time to mention that I also went with a 27.2 seat post size because I wanted the flexy comfort of titanium... and I was never gonna use a drooper post. At least I'm consistently dumb.
Gears will also solve another problem. Tour de Burg '16.
The road stages at least.
I don't have anything close to road-worthy currently, so I'll just steal the rigid crabon from the Misfit Meatplow V.5 and borrow some cross'ish wheels from Industry Nine. Boom. Road bike.
I did do at least one road stage of the '08 Tour on this:
Still waiting on the XT 1X11 parts (their existence is 90% of the impetus for this build) and the Industry Nine TR245 wheels, and then it's showtime. I can get a toe by three o'clock this afternoon, but I'd still have to wait on the wheels.
Will this last more than 47 days?
I hope so. With a lot less money tied up in pieces and parts, I can put the shifty bits in a big blue bin if I get tired of them. Also, since the wheels will be Shimano compatible and not that XD Driver nonsense, I'll be able to use them no matter where all the pieces-parts are collecting dust.
I realized the other day that it's been almost 15 years since I owned a geared hard tail. My last one was a Titus HCR (Hard Core Racer)... way back in 2000 or so. I bought it when I demolished my AMP Research B4 and vowed off full suspension forever. Then I started endurance racing, with the most logical of starting points, 12 and 24 hour events. Shortly after that, I got the chance to race on a team, my hard tail became my backup bike, and I eventually sold it to finance a component diet for my Ellsworth Truth.