I've got the 2014 model and I'd say its the sleeper model that everybody should be out riding but hardly anyone is.
You'll climb faster and learn more about riding after 1 month on this than any other bike you'll ever own.
A lot of people say ride a hardtail to hone your skills, nah this thing hones skills
I've upgraded the brakes to XTR's, but did have a set of SLX's on before that, hard presesd to tell the difference between the two but they feel so much nicer than the mechanical discs.
The wheels are tubeless ready ( already taped) but youll need TL tyres and a trip to the servo to pump them up, I tried to inflate the standard Maxis tyres but it didnt work at all. Running a set of Schwalbe racing ralph evos now and the 2.25's are huge and at around 2 bar they float over everything.
Have just fitted a carbon Easton Haven bar which has muted the front end even more, just wish is was as wide as the standard bar which I think is one of the most comfortable bars I have used but did allow a lot of vibration through, not to mention it is heavy but I didnt realise that till I grabbed them side by side so if you never fit a carbon bar it wont matter at all
Should you fit a sus fork, I dont think it needs one, you'll float over most of what you think you need a fork for and not having one helps you blast uphill anyway. Standard chain replaced after 800km. The only problem was the chainring bolts loosend off, and the front wheel comes with very little grease on the bearings.
So thats it, after 8 months its still going strong while my Gyro is waiting for its fork to return from a service......