Gosh. SB, for that much money you could have bought a real bike!
In fact, you can't. I'm in a similar boat & will probably go back to a suspension fork - more money. But component for component, most new bikes with these kinds of upgrades are $1,200 & up. And there's just nothing like the satisfaction, and in my case the learning experience, of doing it all yourself. Saying, "that's my bike" has a whole different meaning than folks the ride their uberbike out of the LBS. And have to take it back for service as well
Are you taking the bike to Phx? Shoot me a PM when you get down here. We'll see how you do in sand, cactus & lava beds
I end up at quite a few pre season games & practices, on the other side of the fence of course.