Although I am not a fan of white bikes, I really like this build. When I win the FVMBA raffle (positive thinking!) I'll have a really hard time chosing between the BC Ed Instinct and Rally Ed Altitude. Think the XXL would hold up to a 6'5" 270lb rider?
At 6'5" you will find the XL Altitude a bit small. The Instinct will be a good fit in the XXL. The BC build is quite suitable not only for rough terrain but also a 270lb rider. Beefier rims, bar, fork, etc. If wanting to make things stouter, I'd swap in an Atlas stem, potentially a 35MM stem+bar combo. The shock is already 1 compression tune heavier than the rest of the Instincts, but you might find that you need a larger air volume spacer to tune the end stroke feel.
Any tips for removing decals? After a couple of beers while looking at the Inbred….rather it have no decals.
Hhhmmm any decal over the clear coat is easy enough to peel away. When the going gets tough, just buy some sticker remover fluid. I think lighter fluid does the trick also?