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I really wish someone in the mountain bike design industry with a scientific /
engineering background would write a more in depth article about trail, head
angle, bottom bracket height and maybe chain stay length and how they
individually affect handling. I'm not sure how you could isolate these from
each other in order to test them individually but it would make very
interesting reading. I have a good general feel on how they affect high speed,
straight line riding but not so much in other situations.
For example, what characteristic encourages your steering to flop one way
during very slow, steep and tight technical switchbacks?
Is it one or more of these characteristics that make you have to ride "off the
back" to get some bikes to turn while others need a more central or forward
weight bias? Inquiring minds want to know!
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