I've been riding my rigid SIR 9 (Niner steel fork) for about a year. I found the handling to be just about perfect when I was riding singlespeed. Now that I've gone 1x9, a find it somewhat fast, almost twitchy. Why does gearing matter? On the 1x1 I put most energy into the climbs and didn't try to put much power down on the flats and slight downhills as I'd just spin out. Not so with the 1x9.
I want to keep it rigid as a have a 6" 26er f/s for the days I want to ignore rocks. On the other hand, I've hit two trees in the last four rides. Slow enough not to break anything but fast enough that it really hurt. Sort of the everything was going well type situation and then the bike bounced me off the trail due to relatively minor rocks.
Is there some way to put a spacer under the fork race to slacken the head angle just a bit? Not looking for anything radical.
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