I am starting to think about getting the wheels built so I am not caught out in October...
These are the options:
M7CD with XT hubs. Built. Used but still very tidy.
MA40 with XT hubs. (NOS) Need building up.
MA40 with Mavic 'Dakar' hubs. NOS rims, very tidy hubs.
What do you all think?
Kind of tempted by 'plain' XT/MA40
My First thought........how nice it would be to see some nice Dakar hubs.
But then....you said it was going to be a rider, and if like me you give it some when you ride, the Xt might prove a tad more reliable. I have a block on my Zinn, and this season i have been through 3 blocks, and it is becoming a pain in my arse. Im with Gio, Ma40/XT.
Ref the stem.
After seeing your Yeti stem ( rise and reach ). you might find the Fillet stem throws you TOO far out over the front wheel, having Kevin Winters shorten it might not be as daft as it sounds.
If you could offer it up to the frame (and it does turn out to be just that little bit too long), you could adjust it accordingly, and have it re-finished to perfection with the frame and fork, it would be far easier and cheaper to do it now, and you could get the looks and the ride absolutely spot on from the outset.
Hope you dont mind me posting my thoughts, the frame is that special i think it would be worth all the effort.