Thanks for your replies
I think I'm sold on the new phantom - always a sucker for technobabble. Just need to find a buyer for one of my kidneys ( slightly shop soiled) and i'm away. Seriously though, I'm going to partly finance it by selling my kona so I want to be sure it's going to be just as much fun through a range of conditions as that. I'm eagerly waiting for any more reviews of the board but apart from Dave Hackfords there don't seem to be any. Think I will have to make the long journey south to test one out.