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I never really "get" the fork rake thing, so here's but another question. If I have a 43 mm rake fork, and I replace it with a 50 mm, what happens? Does the bike get more stable and more compliant (all else equal)? Is there a negative? Thanks.
 

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Dave_Stohler said:
If you put a 50mm rake fork on the bike, it'll get really squirrely at any speed over, oh, maybe 25mph. The negative is that you're gonna crash and bust your @$$.
BTW, 43mm to 50mm is a huge difference.
Thanks. This stuff is so counter-intuitive sometimes.

So, for more stability, use a fork with less rake, right? If so, any negatives from that? Thanks.
 

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Al1943 said:
Doug, I've never heard of a 50mm rake, but I can tell you that increasing rake will decrease trail and let the bike turn quicker (at least at higher speeds) and may cause it to feel less stable, even though the wheelbase will be longer. Wheel base does not effect how the front of the bike turns. Going from 43 to 50 would be a very big change. I changed the fork on my primary bike from 43 to 40 (both Ouzo Pro) and I could definitely feel a difference, and in this case both forks have advantages. The 40 results in more trail and enhances the bikes ability to return to or maintain a straight path.
Edit: (I did not see Dave's post before writing mine)
~Al
According to Excel, the Ouzo Pro comes in a 50. That's what got me thinking.

Narrowing it down to a Ouzo Pro or Easton EC90; aren't that many left in 1 inch.
 
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