- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Wow. I had a 2018 Pike, and already thought it was one of the better forks I had ever ridden. I picked up one of these and installed it (took less than a half hour) and didn't notice much of a difference in the super scientific "push down" test in my workshop, so I was a bit skeptical.
Then I took it out on a ride. First off, you need to add pressure compared to what you were running before, because this thing is so low friction you can run through travel a bit quicker than you were anticipating. The grip coming out of the front end once I got the pressure dialed was far and above better than the old fork. I notice it the most mid corner, especially when I am side loading the fork where it would bind up previously.
In short, if you have a 2018 Pike, buy this. It's 100% worth it and a cheap way to truly transform the way your bike feels out on the trail.