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The big takeaway from the Minnaar / Marshy article for me was "trying" to balance front and rear wheel weight and that it isn't an exact science and varies depending on the steepness of the track. Given rider weight / position has a massive effect, it is going to vary from person to person, track to track etc.
This leads nicely onto growing rear ends to compensate for longer front ends. Why sliding rear dropouts (similar to a more advanced horizontal dropout for bolt in rear wheels) aren't commonly used is baffling. Then you could change to suit. Want a long stable rear end - move it back. Want something playful - move it forward. This would then let riders balance front / rear weight as they require. Given we can move the front end (angle sets, offset cups etc) why shouldn't we be able to do the same with the rear.
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