I've been paying undue attention to my new mountain bike, and I'm curious why the drop out is positioned forward of the center of the lowers. All mountain bike forks, even the huge double-crowned ones I've seen, all have drop outs like this in some form or another.
In order to reduce the bending at the drops, wouldn't it be better to put the drops directly at the center bottom of the fork and not forward?
Someone I know actually broke their fork at this particular location, but they were doing drops too big for that particular fork anyway. It just seems like a weak point in the design. Is there a factor that is more desirable like trail or something that this affects?