I've now set up rigid and singlespeed, with 2.2" wide Kenda Bronson tyres, and 36x17 gearing. The frame is new, but fork, wheelset, cranks, drivetrain and brakes came from the parts bin. The fork is a Pace RC29 carbon fork, and clears the down tube by about 10mm when one rotates the crown around - many fork crowns used to hit the downtubes on early 29ers, so I'm happy it doesn't do it, although I was confident it wouldn't. The 36 tooth front ring clears the stays also, but it's close. BB and head tube were faced and chased and everything went together nicely and properly. The seat tube is bloody tight, and Ewen likes to shim it to the seat post. It's so tight that I set the shim at the correct position with carbon installation paste, and then stuck it into the frame - had to remember to put on the seatpost collar as well! The installation paste stopped the post from rotating in the shim while I muscled the post and shim in by the seat (Ewen's tip.)
For the weight weenies, the frame ended up as 2040g, and the whole bike (with dust) is 10.1kg. I should mention that there's nothing particularly fragile or light on the bike, but its still quite light! The frame could be lighter, but not with all the fit and flexibility I wanted (canti studs and disk brakes, bent seat tube, super sloping top tube which resulted in the rear stays needing to be extra curved, for which the light weight Columbus stays were not appropriate.) I could also be lighter, which would be the obvious place to lose weight ont he whole package!
Got it built up on the weekend, but couldn't go for a ride on Mon unfortunately. Finally went for a little 11km ride yesterday and a 13km one today, mostly on the trails around Yarra Bend Park - I had to go again today as I was feeling a bit tired and just needed to make sure that the good initial ride was was due to the bike, and not my excitement at riding a new bike! The fit is really good for me, as I like to sit rearwards in the bike, and be stretched out. I must say that it is a fantastic bike to ride, especially on slow rutty lumpy downhills - no problem in getting behind the saddle. The combo of the frame, 2.2" tyres that feel fatter and the carbon fork really works well. Climbing is great too, plenty stiff in the rear end despite not having a chainstay or seatstay bridges. The short stays and fat tyres meant great grip going up on loose surfaces. I rode nearly everything, except for going up 10m of super steep loose gravel fire road. This was due to my lack of momentum and strength more than the fault of the bike! The steepish pitches were a good test for the stiffness of everything, and nothing (brakes, chainring, etc.) rubbed. There was a nice amount of damping for a rigid bike too, helped by the low pressure in the tyres, as well as the springy frame - certainly springier than my old Voodoo Dambala 29er! Great handling bike, confidence inspiring really. VERY happy with it at the moment.
Some phone pics I took on today's ride until I can photograph it better: