It's done! After two Skype calls to my buddy in Eastern Connecticut, a pint of 'Gany Lager and listening to a couple of records (yeah actual vinyl) I finished my Spot build Thursday night!
Drive Train: Race Face Evolve Cranks, Sram X9 rear derailleur, Sram 11 to 32 Cassette, and Crank Brothers Candy 1s. Adjusting the rear derailleur is always fun but I find once you have the proper cable tension then it's just a little fine tuning and you are all set.
Cockpit: For now, I am using an old Salsa Moto Ace stem but I like how the red complements the bike. Yes, those are Ergon Leichtbau bar ends. Not sure if I need them for climbing but they are super comfortable and a pleasure to ride with. I went with red cables from Slik, which look orange in the pictures. The Titec Hellion bars are a little wide so at some point I may cut them down.
Wheels: Going the weight weenie route, I decided to use the wheelset from the Kona. Upfront is a Stans Crest wheel and Racing Ralph Tire. When I pumped it up to 30 psi it blew up like a balloon and looks like a 29x2.5.
Seating arrangements: Some carry over from the Kona includes the Terry Saddle, very soft and quite light. The seat post was the cheapest (because of the coloring - silver) but lightest seat post I could find.
Suspension: Mainitou Minute 29er. I loved it on the diSSent but I think I am going to love it even more on my Spot Longboard9.