The old-new Ritchey Ultra. This bike has been around forever, and the latest iteration is super cool. It’s a do-it-all, fat tire, smash-around-the-trail mountain bike… not fit for race geeks or gram counters.
I’m a fan of SMP saddles, and their TRK series are my Minimalist Pick for the Average Joe. They have a good amount of padding that will work for most people with or without padded bike shorts. The price is also about 50% less than their high-end models.
The TRK Medium is my go-to if you’re not sure what you want:
Contrary to the modern myth - you CAN fit large tires in caliper rim brakes. Before the industry foolishly abandoned them, mid and long-reach calipers were common, allowing large tires with the simplicity and reliability of rim brakes. With a quality brake pad and alloy rim, you’ll enjoy a smooth and quiet stopping experience.
The long-reach TRP R559 was made specifically at the request of Rivendell, and is now used by other manufacturers: