Old 08-14-19, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
If you're wanting to front load the bike, you should consider low trail. Weight on the front wheel can make handling a bit squirrely, especially at lower speeds. I can easily stand, climb and keep the bike in a straight line front loaded on my low trail bikes, it's a lot harder with high trail.

Many 80's touring bikes seem to have been designed with a loaded down rear rack in mind, low tail is less important. Of the bikes that were low trail, many Fuji models were low trail, my Centurion Pro Tour handles well with a front load as well.
Interesting, I thought front loading pretty much always helped increase stability. I'll probably have bags front and back, but intended to throw my heavier stuff up front.
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