You said that you won't take offence to negative comments - I'll avoid giving my opinion on the wheel size because I know that it's entirely subjective. Personally though, 29ers aren't for me.
That said - and again this is entirely personal so please don't take offence - If I had a £4,000 bike, the show off in me would want it to shout out to everyone that it was a £4,000 bike (on a similar vein it's probably why you see lots of Red/Yellow Ferraris and not many beige ones
). It might just be the way that it's photographed but that paint job looks like it would be just as at home on a £400 Marin let alone one 10 times the price.
Love the XTR kit though. Those brakes are absolutely lovely. Want want want
I know where you are coming from with the paint job so no offence taken! Its not a grab you by the balls and squeeze kinda thing...and nothing that you wouldnt see on any old bike. And yes it is understated and nothing that says £4K! But then I guess I am a more of an understated guy...(I'd go for a nice blue Ferrari!) To be honest the black parts in the flesh show the carbon weave, which was hard to capture in the pics, and the trail ones were on my phone!
To me though the looks are one thing, the ride is something else and for the money I think I hit the nail on the head and got what I wanted...
Thanks for the opinions though and yup the XTR is sweet!