After some deliberation, and being dead set on the Trek EX8, I fell in love with and bought a Pace RC405 frame and DT 130 forks reduced. The problem is I really need to try and get the rest of the build as close to the Trek price as possible, although I am most certainly looking at £2k now.
I've already bought some wheels and should just about be able to get mostly X9 (shifters/mechs) and Race Face finishing kit.
The biggest problem is brakes and chainset. I've got around £100 for a chainset and this would mean to me an SLX chainset, but are there any other options? I've run a square taper Middleburn on my only other bike for ~10 years now so don't have any experience of newer bottom bracket types (and don't mind a square taper again, but are there any good chainsets?).
As for brakes (around £150 budget) - the hubs are centrelock, so for anything other than Shimano i'd have to spend about £20 on rotors. The 3 favourites are Hayes Stroker Ryde, Julie HPs or possibly LX calipers with SLX levers.
Does anyone have any advice on the above? I'd prefer not to go second hand as I need all the receipts to be able to insure the bike, except if someone has a Middleburn chainset going cheap?