Decided to Install the BB and crankset hand-tight to check the chainline.
Brake calipers are on but not aligned or tightened. Brake levers and the shifter are on the handlebars. Rear derailleur is installed.
The seatpost clamp bolt is soaking in evaporust. The Fizik saddle is loosely clamped in the seatpost and it is installed but not clamped in the frame.
Seatpost clamp bolt looks much better, installed and clamped. Chain installed, shortened chain to fit. Might be one link too long, but that’s OK as is for now.
Derailleur cable and housing run. Adjusted the derailleur cable tension and hi/low limits. My first 11 speed derailleur, and Shimano too. This one has a clutch that is supposed to help the chain stay tighter and not bounce as much in rough terrain – we’ll see how that works.
The chain wants to derail off the chainring. Maybe because there isn’t much tension on the chain while on the workstand, I guess riding will tell the tale. Can’t do that until the BB is tightened properly.
I’ve never installed or adjusted disk brakes on a bicycle, but it went well. The front and rear housings/cables are run and the brakes adjusted. They work well, on the workstand at least.
The grips aren’t here yet, but I can ride it without grips to check everything out. I’ll be using the pedals that were originally on the bike, so no changes there.
After getting the BB tightened, the maiden voyage will happen fairly quickly. it looks like the XTC will be ready to go for the Bourbon and Tobacco Tour ride after all.
Photos to come soon, once I have a complete bike to photograph.