I began scrounging for parts for my winter 29'er project.
I'm hitting eBay a bit harder on this project. I'm thinking I might find some better deals on some components...suspension forks for 29'ers tend to be expensive and I won't be as picky as far as using brand spanking new components. Good lightly used components in some areas will work just fine.
So far, I've got a couple of bids in on some used hydraulic disc brake components and a used suspension fork. I'm also thinking about picking up a rigid fork as well, but I haven't yet decided. I've already purchased some discounted closeout components from Jenson's, including a Cane Creek headset, Easton handlebars and stem, grips, and a few other miscellaneous hardware items. Not high end items, but good serviceable stuff and probably more than adequate to the task at hand. I think I can build up a great bike with decent components without having to break the bank.
I'm still planning on building up some good wheels, and this will probably be my largest expense.
I found some WTB rims that look nice, and if I can find some decent disc brake hubs I'll be in business. Maybe I'll find some smokin' deals on some wheels out there, but I'm just not in any huge hurry right now.
Since I've purchased a bare frame, I'll either have to take it to my LBS to have the headset cups installed or I could be a bit more adventurous and do that particular task myself. I'm choosing the adventurous route. Headset presses aren't inexpensive, however, I've been doing a bit of internet research and some very resourceful individuals out there have been building their own headset installation and removal tools on the cheap. So I'm going to give that a try (great blog fodder, of course!)