I am looking for a steel modern XC bike that can fit 29x2.6(alternatively 27.5x3 would also work) & has enough space for two bottles. I like to ride blue trails in loose & dusty over hard trails with some sand, but there is also a good amount of climbing here so under 30lbs would be preferred. I would like a frame that is $900 or less. Ideally a DV9 would have been close, but that's not made anymore nor is steel. Are there any other affordable steel frame builders besides Marino? Would I be better off going Walty & do a TI build if I go custom route? Trying to explore all my options, thanks.