a little update of 2 parts.
Did not like the forks and frame being white so got lucky with a pair of black lowers that are now fitted.
Also felt - literally - the rear shock was not locking out as much it should (pro pedal rp23) so got lucky with one off ebay. Rested the frame upside to fit the shock to discover that the chain would not drop into the bottom 3 sprockets. WTF???? Lots of gear fettling ensued and it wasn't until I noticed that the brake hose was stretched really tight that the penny dropped. The new shock is longer arrgghhhhh!!!!
WTF again. SL frame is meant to have a 200 mm rear shock so out came the SMD (shock measuring device) and it turned out that the original shock was 190 mm i.e. too short.
Damn - needed to make up a longer piece of gear outer cable between the frame and swingarm and remove some outer between shifter and frame in order to use the inner cable.
Now it is much better - the riding position always did feel too much of 'sit up and beg'.
Oh, and the lowers came with Fox branded Shimano thru axle that is about 20g lighter than previous.
Here it is in its natural habitat - anyone recognise the place?
Was 10.97 kg at the last weigh in, whould be a tiny bit less now.