Following on from this thread (which went a bit ot), I picked up my new io-id today
So far so good. It's taking me a wee while to get used to the rapid rise style shifting but other than that it feels fantastic. Rides lighter than I thought and is really comfy, even just pootling around fire roads i can appreciate the quality ride that the steel gives it .
It'll be seeing some real mud soon. But hopefully not too soon. Thanks to everyone who posted their opinions and helped me pull the trigger!