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Old 08-02-14, 11:32 AM   #1
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Effect of Trail when front rack is attached to the frame

I am aware of the effect trail has on the handling of a bike when there is load on the front. But I wondering if this effect only applies when a rack or basket is mounted to the fork/handlebars.

Put another way, I have an MTB that is practically unusable when there is a substantial load in a basket on the front. If I were to fashion a frame-mounted rack for the same bike should I expect that handling problem to continue? Improve? Get worse?

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Old 08-03-14, 01:12 AM   #2
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A frame mounted rack has drastically less effect on steering. It raises the CoG, and makes the bike front heavy if you're heavily laden, but it's much more subtle than the effect of steered weight.
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