This build has taken about a month in total, from getting most of the parts to finally riding the bike for a short spin to bed-in the brake system. I wanted to highlight the build process and some of the parts.
Everything went together just fine, with only some minor issues along the way. SunRingle MuleFut 80 SL wheelset and Bontrager/DT Swiss thru-axles mated well. The SRAM GX 11-speed Gripshift shifter and NX rear derailleur went together with no problem and shifted great from the first click. RaceFace's Cinch typer bottom bracket and Next SL Gen3 cranks were a treat to build up and install.
The biggest issue would be that it doesn't appear that mechanical disc brakes will work well with the rear stays of this bike. I couldn't find a brake that would fit on the frame without having the actuator arm of the caliper find issue with the seatstay. So, I had to source some full hydraulic brakes instead (which also why you may notice the rear brake hose still needs to be trimmed down to size). I was lucky enough to source a set of SRAM Level Ultimate full hydraulic brakes and am very happy it all worked out. They installed without much fuss and bed-in well.
Of course, now that it's in ride-able form, the snow has pretty much melted away here in Madison, So, unless we get some more in the next few weeks, it will likely be seeing more dirt than snow in its first 6 months of life.
and here's how the fork's paint job looks as installed on the bike...