The Hot's aren't too bad...I got them super cheap from the rel when I worked in a shop (three quid each). My experience of Michelin tyres has always been pretty good...I used Comp 16's.
They did seem to get left behind as the lines between DH and XC got blurred, also they didn't go down the sexy route of tacky tyres like Maxxis (whose tyres I actually really rate) and they were expensive over here. I also think they got complacent...they came up with a great couple of tyres but didn't develop them, allowing the likes of Maxxis to steal a march on them.
Oh yeah don't get me wrong hot s were god i had them but yeah same pattern as the 24 just different casing and compound. I still have them somewhere in the shed.
I think Michelin should just remake the comp 16's and call them that too back to the old school, If it wasnt broke why try fix it.
Ps: A few more parts on the way Sram 9.0 9 speed grip shifter and 9.0 rear mech, I really want a 9.0 sl but people think there still worth a mint not in my eyes they snapped and broke just looking at them haha.
Not to sure what seat to get im guesiing selle italia flight.
Colours are the main problem, forks, hubs, seat and seat post.