I think you may well be right about 1995. I find it difficult to tell, but I think it's probable that your bike should have the style of decals of the bike shown below. It has a removeable seat clamp like yours, which they went over to during 95. Yours doesn't have F7 forks, which I think they went over to later in 95, so maybe it places yours at early in 95?
C16Rs always feel very small for some reason. I'm happy on a size 19, whereas a size 19 Kona is well too big for me. The size 17 like yours also has a very short head tube, so it's very low at the front and I for one support your brave decision to resort to riser bars. What was that old saying? Better to have loved a C16R with a riser bar than never to have loved a C16R at all? Something like that anyway.
I have the Orange aluminium forks for it. It had an STX headset and STX / FiR rims and Alivio parts when I originally got it. And it has canti mounts.
Those are original decals which are the same as yours, just a different colour, my mate removed the C16 as he is a clockwork fan.