I haven't ridden nor have I seen the Exile, but you may want to throw the el mariachi complete into the list as a Monkey build will most likely cost just as much. The El is setup 1x9 but offers an EBB for your singlespeed needs. Your LBS should be able to order one through QBP.
That being said, I have an XXIX and enjoy it very much. You surely can't go wrong with a Surly either!
the only thing i wasn't crazy about on the jamis was the hydro brakes... other than that its a pretty rad bike for the coin.
that being said, i just went back to a karate monkey. Surly bikes just do it for me. the guys that work at surly as great people, and warranty issues are never issues with them. not to mention with the short stays the bike feels like a giant bmx bike.
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