Gave the build a shakedown ride today. Good points: the tyres are not a worry, they performed admirably and much better than expected. Was also thinking the rigid option wasn't the best idea but again rather enjoyed it. The weight or lack off is fantastic, can annihilate climbs
Bad stuff: the 180 cranks are a pisser, clipped the ground a few times and had half an off because of them, the extra leverage is there but when you need it its like your wrestling with the bike when you should be concentrating on the terrain. I also was rather fanciful with the gearing 32/15 this will go back to a regular 32/16. I reasoned that the weight reduction and the 180's would help. They never really, especially taking into account the 6lbs or so bike weight reduction never figured in a rider weight increase of double that
so new gearing and new crank choice to come. Have a pair of XTR M900's and Race face turbines lying about, will weigh them up
The bars as ZZ mentioned could also have done with being wider, maybe a future upgrade.
All in all though very impressed, gazz asked before if the builds would be staying the same or being kept and I can see a space for this bike, it fits between the CX and a full on mtb, gives a good workout and arguably improves skills. Thumbs up from me.