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March 30, 2021, 10:26 a.m. -  roil

Great stuff but I have some points on 2, 3 & 5. The front center needs to be balanced with the rear center and the reach numbers play into this as well. Too many manufacturers design bikes with the same rear center (chainstay) and just increase the front center leading to an unbalanced bike.  When standing on an MTB, we are typically in descent - on a decline as opposed to level ground. I don't see how the ability to lift one's hands off the bars without falling forward is applicable for this use case. That being said, rarely does anyone bring up the importance of stack height with respect to reach and its impact on body position and weight distribution.  Every geometry is a compromise but would you rather have a setup that is well suited for the most challenging parts of the trail or the easiest?

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