It seems to be exactly the same as the previous forum. How is it any different? The light blue text is slightly harder to read and it takes a little longer to log on to post a message.
The content is the same as the old forum as it was all converted over to run in the new software. The old software often locked up and cause errors as well as slowed down the entire adventure cycling website. The old forum software was nine years old and no longer developed and impossible to get support for. The search feature rarely worked and we received a lot of complaints about the forum in general.
The new software is current and well developed. It is a full featured and I hope will provide a better experience for everyone using it. Sorry that your initial impressions were not good but I hope that they change over time.