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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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    Quote Originally Posted by mander
    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.
    - Stan

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    Awesome links! Thanks scooper.

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