After along gestation period, 2 weeks ago my XC9 arrived.
Unashamedly based on Candodavid's original but with 44mm head tube, 30.9mm seat tube (for greater dropper options) and sliders rather than EBB. Geometry based on Pace RC129, Niner SIR9 and Candodavid's XC9 and pretty much the reach of a 'Large' and the height (head & seat tube lengths) of a 'Medium'.
Most of the time was taken sorting out the dropouts. I wanted Paragons - and the frame does use PMW slider inserts - but this required custom dropouts to allow the brass joints. Gary re-designed these to bring the slider "inside' the stays rather than hanging out the back of the frame. I'm well chuffed with the look.
Polished finish under clear powdercoat looks stunning (to my eyes anyway).
Built up over the last fortnight with much Helicopter tape. Stem still isn't right and cables to be shortened, and KS Lev orientation to be adjusted ... and crud / RRP products to be added to fuglify it. First ride (after a year off with injury) was a blast despite the Reba pressure being totally wrong.
It rides like a bike, and just what I wanted. So far KS Lev has impressed (although fitting and the remote was difficult), Bagnoli cassette parts not yet right (shifting is hesitant so more adjustment to get it right), Reba pressure guidelines are way off the mark, and XT brakes are brilliant.
Can't recommend Curtis Bikes enough if you want to go custom. It'll cost you more but you do get exactly what you ask for with no compromises.