ciaran-sick bike! How do you like the DC on there? Is it a Boxxer?
Yup, that's a boxxer. I have since gotten rid of it in favor of a Super T. The Dc on the 243 is great. It slackens it out a bit for DH and is fast fast fast. I find that with big DH tires you don't have to be quite as smooth as normal.
I have an 03 ...IT"S FRICKEN AWESOME. Currently it's being reincarnated for free-ride and DH use (gonna strap a Super T w/7inches on the front). This is one frame that I know will survive anything I throw at it. The only caveat that I can think of is the weight (I believe my frame weighs in at close to 7.5 pounds). I have never been disappointed with my .243 and I've been riding it for close to 2 and half years.