Be honest, they look minging. Interested in trying them out, though.
They have significant aesthetic appeal actually, more so than say the USE sub fork, which again was a good looking fork compared to the dreary old two stanchion forks the industry standard. Shame the thing was just way ahead of it's time and required a mortgage.
Now that Whyte suspension thing...now that was a truly gopping thing.
I used to knock around in Series 3's so know the leaf spring is a good if antiquated system...but fast through the rough stuff will be very interesting to say the least....unless the fork designers have work out a material that has a different rate of return on the rebound!
What's thrown me is the introduction of the carbon rear end on the SB-95. I'd discounted the standard bike as a bit too heavy to use as a do-it-all trail/event bike, and couldn't afford the carbon version. Therefore I was going to look at a small travel full suss 29er and only replace the asr5 for trail duties when it either explodes or an sb-75 was released (arse.). If the weight is now down by a lb on the sb-95 then it could just replace the asr5.
My girlfriend's 14 year old daughter (who happens to be a serious athlete) has been pestering me to take her out. How do I teach a kid (who doesn't even have the right bike) how to mountain...