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Old 04-27-07, 10:55 AM   #1
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35mm"ish" rake forks?

I am looking to remove some of the space between my front wheel and my downtube by purchasing a new fork with about 35mm rake

The only problem is they all seem to be track non drilled forks. I do own the bike in order to ride track, but I would also like to be able to install a front brake for daily street riding. Does anyone know any forks that have comperable rake and are drilled for brakes?
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you might want to read up on how changing the trail of bike will cause handling changes.
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Old 04-27-07, 11:28 AM   #3
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you might want to read up on how changing the trail of bike will cause handling changes.
Thank you for the information (though to an extent I was already aware, both from looking it up and from simple logic), I should correct myself in saying that I need a 38-40mm rake fork in contrast to my current 45mm rake fork.
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so you want a bike that handles more sluggishly but looks hipper? Is that track geometry just to twitchy for you or something?
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so you want a bike that handles more sluggishly but looks hipper? Is that track geometry just to twitchy for you or something?

I am sorry perhaps I am not being clear, my current fork is off my older bike, and has a 45mm rake. I was under the impression that by pulling the front wheel tighter into the frame my bike would be more responsive. Apparently I am wrong and miseducated so I will re read the origional article linked to.

Furthermore I just would like to clarify that in my first post was not about looks in their own right but rather I was operating under the assumption, again, that by pulling the wheel tighter to the frame, the steering would be more responsive.
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Nope, less rake will make the handling more sluggish. They usually use a fork with less rake to counter the steeper headtube angle of track geometry.
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Nope, less rake will make the handling more sluggish. They usually use a fork with less rake to counter the steeper headtube angle of track geometry.

Thank you, now I know better.
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i have 3mm of clearence bet front wheel and down tube, it makes for an interesting ride to say the least.
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