I built this up just in time for a late snow in Seattle:
I found many of the parts (frame, fork, front wheel, disk brakes) at the Seattle Bike Swap for very good prices (under $300 total). The frame called out to me immediately since it has sliding dropouts that work well with my Rohloff hub and nice steel tubing (TT Platinum OX). The fork was never used and cost about 1/4 of it’s original price (thanks to Andre for finding that one). The front wheel is the stupidest front wheel that I own: Shimano XT with aluminum nipples and straight spokes, but it was cheap, also new, and had the disk mount that I needed to work with this fork.
I’ve enjoyed more mountain biking in the last year and expect to get a lot of use out of this bike. It’s a size larger than my previous Rocky Mountain. I think I’ll prefer that, the top tube is much longer (over an inch longer) so I’m running a short stem and won’t be hanging way out over the front wheel.
This buildup was really quick and I took a lot of short cuts that involved zip ties, but I doubt that I’ll really change it anytime soon (except for removing the studded tires and going back to normal knobbies).
Also, if your only rear disk wheel is 700C and you really need to build up a MTB quick, you can run it:
It looks stupid, but worked fine and got me to work and back on a day when snow and ice were in the forecast. I swapped the rim out for the 26″ one after a day.