Silver is much better .... very cool bike and great built, mate.
Regarding the seat post, didn't the XT come at 33cm max.? Now i am riding a 425cm Syncros in my 20" Atitude and have at least 10-15cm left, knowing that the frames tend to crack near the seat bolt.
How much is left inside the tube?
So when I was changing the wheels and adjusting the brakes, I set the seat post higher so I could clamp onto it with the bike stand. I do that b/c I don't want to clamp where it says "Deore XT" for obvious reasons. I took it outside for pictures before adjusting it to the correct height. I did measure this morning and it is inserted almost 3 inches above the limit line.