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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-28-2017, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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What’s The Difference Between Rake And Trail?

Dear MOby,

So is it the rake or the trail that determines how fast or slow a bike steers? Lot of things I read and hear seem to use the two interchangeably at random? Which is it?

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Rake is the top angle that you have shown, the trail is the length from the center of the wheel to the rake angle along the ground. People may talk about them interchangeable because when the rake angle increases so does the trail dimension. As the Rake and Trail reduce the steering and handling become easier but the stability reduces. Conversely as the Rake and Trail increase the stability increases but the handling decreases.
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