First Ride/Easter Update:
Finally finished it and got it to a place where I am happy with the build, A few photos beforehand to get started:
and part of the first ride (In Thorndon Woods):
What I have learnt.
New XTR is awesome, superb, I don't remember any bike bits working this well.
Mountain Biking is a full body work out, arms are aching after that ride
I can't remember how to corner hard at speed.
Modern Tires/Stans No-Tubes setup offer an amazing grip level
2 x 10 Gearing is perfect for any terrain around here
Again, XTR Disc brakes are another level of braking, nearly went over the bars when grabbed a handful.
May look to get some lighter wheels in the future, (Extralite Hubs/Sapin CX Rays and Stans Rims) which should easily take a 1Ib and a Half off the weight, to make a raceable 18.5 Ib Bike.
Racing this in the Mud, Sweat and Gears Series at Chelmsford in a couple of weeks, I don't think the bike will be holding me back, just the legs/lungs/skill!