Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The Niner Carbon fork.
I've heard, actually read mostly, people wax on about the magic damping (not dampening) qualities of this and virtually every other carbon fork. How "plush" they are. How compliant they are. How they erase trail chatter.
Right here and now I'll calling bullshit.
The Niner fork is remarkable. It is incredibly light, yet still durable.
In my particular case, I like what it has done to the geometry of my Swift.
Being 15mm shorter it not only lowers my bars, but ever so slightly steepens the head angle enough to subtly sharpen the handling.
Does it absorb rocks and roots better than the Singular steel fork?
On the contrary the Reynolds blades of the standard Swift fork do a better job of this. Better in that they flex enough to take some of the edge off edges. That flex translates into some slow speed brake chatter, but not something that has ever had a negative effect.
So I guess the Niner gets the nod in the braking department.
Neither is a suspension fork (which IMO is good).
Knowing that the Niner fork doesn't possess all the magical properties purported would I buy it again?
If I wasn't racing?
Probably not. It just doesn't offer anything extra to enhance regular trail riding for me (and it is all about me).
Racing though, I'm hoping to notice that 1.25 pounds it saves over the steel fork, although I think I'll mostly notice that when taking it out of the workstand or carrying it up the basement stairs. For most race courses I think what it has done to the geometry will be advantageous, so I've got that going for me.
Which is nice.