I went with a Manitou Black fork, Deore drivetrain, BB7 rear brake....reused some other stuff off my old bike.

The first thing that stuck me about the bike is the turning....It feels like it turns "tighter" or faster than my old bike. The gemoetry is a little weird, it feels like im leaning over a bit more than i was used to, but I'm sure i can get used to it.

The rear shock will be replaced ASAP. It actually pedals ok, bob is minimal and it climbs decent. But bump compliance sucks and its heavy.

All in all I feel like its a great value! Cant wait to hit some ST with it..