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Old 05-28-07, 10:42 AM   #1
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Question re. fork rake and headtube angle

Given that adding rake to a fork will decrease trail and therefore cause the bike to steer quicker, why do a lot of bikes with slack head tubes have forks with big swoopy rakes? More generally, instead of using fork rake why not just tighten up the head tube and install a fork with no rake at all? Does offsetting ht angle with increased rake have some desirable side effect?
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Given that adding rake to a fork will decrease trail and therefore cause the bike to steer quicker, why do a lot of bikes with slack head tubes have forks with big swoopy rakes? More generally, instead of using fork rake why not just tighten up the head tube and install a fork with no rake at all? Does offsetting ht angle with increased rake have some desirable side effect?
Dave Moulton has a couple of articles on his blog that may help. One discusses the HISTORY of fork rake and trail, while the other is about HEAD TUBE ANGLES AND STEERING.
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Awesome links! Thanks scooper.
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