With as much freeride/urban riding as I've been doing lately, I decided I wanted a hardtail "all mountain" or "trail" bike. Most bikes in this category are FS, which drives me nuts. Just can't stand the feel (or lack thereof) of an FS. Anyways, after much searching and consideration I think I'm going with the 18" DMR Switchback frame. One of the few hardtails really built to be a fairly light frame designed around 120-130mm of travel. Very cool concept. Trying to keep the build XC friendly but ready for some Northshore and technical downhills.
Anyways the proposed build so far is:
6" Avid BB5's all around
XT Dual Control (might sell in favor of an X-7/X-9 group)
XTR (non RR) rear der.
Specialzed Stout front hub on a 317 w/ straight guage spokes (its what I have laying around)
DT Onyx rear hub
East Monkeylite low rise bar
Unsure on the crank and fork though. For the crank I am thinking a XT level Bontrager w/ outboard bearings b/c I get a great deal on them, definately pulling the big ring off for a bashguard. Fork, I am really unsure... I'm looking at the Manitou Minute/Rockshox Pike/Fox Vanillas right now. I want something under 5lbs since I'm a little guy, probably 120mm to keep the head angle in check. Any suggestions, criticisms are welcome.