2. No power loss while climbing
3. Front wheel tracking
5. I'm a mental case
I've been riding the Poprad off road all winter with the Bontrager Switchblade carbon fork handling the duties up front and I dig it. It soaks up way more rough stuff than you may think.
Besides, I often run the REBA locked out (she has a bar-mounted pop-loc) for better tracking, so why not go all the way?
I rode the Rig fully rigid a couple years ago while REBA was off being rebuilt. The Zion steel fork was great for climbing, but it left a lot to be desired when pointed downhill.
I heart the White Brothers Rock Solid. The all black look is very Darth Vader-esque.
Jesse LaLonde has a white-trimmed Bontrager Switchblade 29er carbon fork on his Superfly and just like Run DMC said, it's tricky.
If the stars and planets all align properly, I could save enough for a new titanium Niner when they hit the market. I would love to see how light the build would be using my existing Stans wheelset and a carbon fork. I'd say around 18-19 lbs. If the ti thing doesn't happen, a One 9 Scandium with a carbon fork would also build out sub 20 lbs.