Initial build of the Marin, will take some better pics when I've tuned it up a bit. 80mm Dia-compe stem with 48cm Nitto 177 bars. 1 1/8th shim was satisfyingly snug into the steerer but stem not that snug into shim, pretty much exact amount of space for a beer can shim. Went with the Nitto as they seemed to be the only 26mm bars that came wide enough for my bar bag but with quite long reach and drop. So will definitely need an inline seatpost which is fine as the seat tube is pretty slack.
Turns out I got hoodwinked with the cranks. The internal spline on the non-drive side crank is fooked and unsalvageable. I tried to used retaining compound but the got worse after the first ride, drive side has a little play. Bought some really worn out ones for half the price but they would look better stripped and polished, might mess up the XTR aesthetic but may look nice and bling. Gearing is 48/36 x 36/11 will probs chuck on a 34t on the front.
I couldn't get the indexing right on the derailleur, so I swapped out the 9sp jockey wheels with some old 11spd ones I had, and it now shifts so smoothly with the 105 shifter running 10 speed. Currently using the original stx 3x7 front derailleur as its the right clamp size and seems to work pretty well having indexed out the smallest ring!
XTR v-brakes are amazing, set up nice and close to the rim.
Due some nice bottle cages and potentially another Fabric saddle, love the look of the SLR but so narrowSOhard. MKS pedals will be going back on the Ammaco and will be riding eggbeaters on this. Tyres-don't know.
Bought some rims and a wheel to dismantle and steal the hub from, then go down the wheel building rabbit hole.