I have an M6 that I am very happy with. It's a few years old now, came from the first batch. As much as I am happy with it though, I do feel the temptation to go to an M9. There is a black chrome at the shop calling to me. It has a CCDB just like mine. It's been there for about a year, so it's from an early run too. I've read about 40 pages of the M9 thread, and it doesn't seem like there are major issues. I assume this bike has the old box-link which Intense should swap out as a matter of course. It has an Angleset, are the newer ones any better, or are they all going to creak? I'm not so sure I need an Angleset anyway. The real question is, does this bike perform in a significantly different way from the M6? I'm not sure how you'd improve on it except that it would be nice if it jumped better. The adjustable travel/progression does seem like it would allow me to switch from East Coast Rox mode to Park mode and maybe get better jumping in park mode. I kond of thought I'd skip the M9 and wait for a carbon Intense, but the new bike bug is biting me, and I haven't seen any sign of a carbon M9 yet.