I have the Monark II front end... If you want to cut a corner or two, don't do it on the front end choice.
I used to build choppers for a living... When your cheap front end gives out, you will not be standing still....
From what I have seen shop around, you can find those wheels already built, ready to rock & roll a little cheaper from vendors in the sidebar... or or google them, I have seen them.
I am crazy, I used a one speed coaster, no other brakes, we called it a suicide set up on a bike. (Do NOT do this set up without riding experience, as it will gain you crashing experience...lol)
26"slick tire on the rear, 26" Bell skinny street front tire, in a local that rains daily. (I have a death wish
If you want some serious quality look at the EZ Motorbike kit, 600 smakers but looks like a set up for the daily commute that you seek, probably wouldn't need a jackshaft set up on it.... Savings????
I myself am considering that kit...
I have a Grubee GT5 that is going to get swapped out for a Dax 69cc 2stroke kit..