It's been a long time since I had something "new" to lean. Last time I built up a new bike was in 2017!
I'd sworn I wouldn't move up from 26" wheels until I had a clean ride in Emerald, but then Conti started discontinuing their good 26" tires and I broke my 2011 Slayer, so I caved and got something a little more "modern"
Behold my new (to me) Triton!
It's a bit of a one-off that is pretty close to 2020 Chromag Surface geometry except rendered in Titanium. On key difference is instead of having Chromag's yokel for the chainstays, it's got this little piece of madness:
That's two pieces of billet Titanium that were machined out and then perimeter welded together (so the center is actually hollow)
Weight is just under 29lbs. (It was 29 before I started changing wheels/bars/...)
The bike came with E13 wheels. I found the noisy hub incredibly annoying. At one point, I came buzzing down a road and pulled to a stop, only to have a cinnamon bear wander out of a blueberry patch, get within a bike length of me, and give me a thorough sniffing as if to say, "I hears the bees--where the honey at?" before wandering away.
After a half-dozen rides, a rock put the derailleur into the spokes, so I needed to build a new wheel. I really wanted to try an Onyx hub for the silence, but the tales of Vesper reliability made me nervous and the classic is too damn heavy. I went on this huge vision quest trying to find other quiet but light hub options and in the end arrived back at the same hub I've used on my last 4 bikes: The DT Swiss 240s (non-EXP). With the non-boost hub (frame is 12x142) and the offset-spoke Stan's Flow MK4, I get the same spoke length and pretty equal spoke tension. After a couple of rides on the new wheel, I'm pleasantly surprised how quiet the new factory-lubed 18t setup is compared to my mix of old 18t and 36t hubs that are probably due for a clean/lube.
The bike also came with an 35mm/800mm Renthal Fatbar and it didn't take me long to realize I can't go back to riding a low-sweep bar and that I've got absolutely no use for wide or 35mm bars. They've been replaced with a 31.8mm/730mm/12deg Thomson Ti flat bar. Much better in terms of hand/wrist position and vibration damping.