TMI? Maybe, but I am pretty excited after my first ride with the new Niner carbon fork. Hit a night ride led by Travis of 'Bicycle Emporium' here in Auburn. Forgot my phone, so no Strava, but the ride was ~14 wet, muddy miles with many sections of trail where one moment of lost concentration means tumbling down, down, down...and likely being helicoptered out (if you survive, that is). I set my front tire at 20psi and realized that with my riding style (slow, methodical) I could go even lower. I also learned that I cannot just grip tight and 'hit' obstacles like I could with suspension. The front wheel is more likely to jettison left or right. More focus on the trail is needed and using the arms more as suspension is a must. I can tell with a few more rides, this will become natural. I also realized my stem needs to drop ~10mm. I figured this might be the case when I set it up, but I would rather start out with the steer tube too long than too short. With Niners short headtube (~80mm) the short steer tube may make it hard to resell the fork, but I don't think that is going to happen. I may switch the REBA back on for certain occasions or just use it as a backup for the SIR 9, but I am keeping the Niner fork.
The bike was noticeably lighter when I lifted it onto the rack and toward the end of the ride, it raced up the 2 mile Stagecoach climb with much more ease than before. When back at the shop, after a beer or two we weighed this bad boy and it came in at 19.9lbs. The only item on the bike not normally there was the spare tube (usually carried in a pack or pocket), so we figure under 19.5 lbs at normal riding weight, but whatever, it is light and I am not. Looking forward to more rides on this bad boy to lighten myself a bit.