good at soaking up the bumps
Excellent, that's something my 853 is very bad at.
Planned build will be Shimano Tricolor 600 F&R mechs and brakes, most likely with 9 speed STI shifters, Middleburn RS4 cranks with a blue spider which I already have, 3T stem bars. Wheels will start off as Planet X, again because I have them. No idea on seat and post yet, I have a pretty nice USE 25mm post in blue which I could shim, otherwise something in silver.
"Try not to punch any clowns"