Id forgotten I'd posted this thread. Thanks for the comments guys.
The Wicked has turned out to be a fantastic bike. She's off the road (rather than off road) at the moment as I've managed to snap the thread on the DiskDrive – got a repair kit off ebay, but haven't plucked up the courage to mend it yet.
With reference to the handling I have to say I'm liking the Manitous at the moment – SteveK did include the rigid forks, but I'd already decided the manis were going on. This bike won't stay like this for ever, so I'm sure at some stage the rigids will go back on it and I'll realise what Ive been missing out on all this time
Only changes to the bike as it stands is I've swapped the Ti bar out for an NOS purple Hyperlite (the Titec bar has it's place on the Xizang now) – and I've put on some nice Ritchey foam grips instead of the porkipaws.
I must get around to doing the tioga though – it's a clean break at the rim and I can get at both ends so it's just a case of putting a new crimped join on there (I hope).
Haven't been using the wicked during the winter for obvious reasons, but now it's sunny again it's time to get it going again.