I think the car nerd at your work mean the Golf R. He obviously knows his stuff.
I love the bikes, I went from a GT DHi to Chumba F5 then to the Intense and it's so awesome, very quiet and just eats the rough stuff.
Very jealous! I saw this thread and thought, bullshit! I remember the old monocoque ones back in the day. What a buy. A tip of the hat to you good sir. I look forward to seeing how this build progresses.
I run Lizard Skins: Peaty (just over 12months) and find them really great on my dh bike but they might be a bit "solid" gloveless. I also run Renthal Grips on my AM bike and have ridden them with and without gloves. Found them really good and tough as they had Kevlar in them...