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I've ran the 449mm CS/long setting on my Altitude for years, and ir feels balanced, I feel like I'm right in the middle of the bike. I'll be switching it to the short setting ASAP to see how much faster the corners are. Switching to short mode in the past, when I was far less active on the bike in general, the bike felt unstable - which is on me, not the bike. Now that I have a better sense of what a shorter CS will do, I'll try to be ambidextrous and swap more often.
Personally,I haven't found a perfect proportion/ratio yet. Each bike has different ride characteristics and is a sum of its parts/geometry. I feel like high speed stability of the HD6 might come at a compromise of it's straight-line stability, but I'll need to ride the hell out of it to find out.
I agree that 435mm CS length across the whole size range is VERY tight. I'm happy with the large sized bike I'm on, but I'd be wary if I were taller and needed an XL/XXL.
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