Had to install a headset, so I got a Crane Creek 40 for about $70, and Niner Alloy Stem for $40 at the Path Bike Shop.
Ordered a full Shimano XT groupset for $690 (MSRP $1000+) on ebay, and Performance had clearance on Sun Ringle Black Flag Comp Wheels for $240 (MSRP $450) which included Stans tubeless kit. Put on some 29×2.35 Nobby Nic Evo SnakeSkins for $115 (MSRP $180).
Took about 3-4 hours to assemble.
Weighed in at 26lbs 11 oz. = 26.69 lbs, calculated was 26.11 lbs.
- Handlebar was 28.5″, which is too wide, trimmed down to 27″ (same as my Camber)
- 29×2.35 Nobby Nic on rear was rubbing frame in turns, moved to 29×2.25 Racing Ralph instead
- Added LizardSkin chainstay protector
- Added 3m Scotchguard scratch protection to the right of the headtube due to cable scratching
Edit 01/14/2014 (odo 571 mi.): New 2013 Fox Factory Float 100 CTD FIT Kashima Tapered QR15 fork
I found the CTD works pretty well, though I usually just leave it in “Descend”
The QR15 through-axle stiffened up the steering in the downhill area.
I couldnt tell if the Tapered tube made a difference, since I changed both the QR15 and tapered at the same time.
Upgrades 3/22/2017: Easton EA90XC Wheels, gets bike weight down to 25lbs 15oz.