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It will be a VAST difference in handling. If the bike were used ONLY for criteriums AND you LIVED for criteriums AND positively had to have fast steering, then you would get the 74.5 degree head angle, or just ride a track bike.

Unless you ABSOLUTELY know you want a 74.5 degree head angle, I recommend you choose the 73.5 degree head angle, with a 40mm raked fork.
 

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All else being equal, a bike with a 74.5 HTA and fork rake of 43 mm has a trail of about 48.
Changing the HTA to 73.5 (same fork) raises trail to about 54. Still quick, but much more manageable.
 

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Thanks guys.... I was afarid of that - pure racing geometary I guess.... I want comfort for long rides and definitely will not be riding crits any time soon....!
 

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For a "fast" bike w/ traditional geometry, I'd rather have short chainstays vs a steeper head. Twitchy front ends don't gain you any speed, but a stiff back end makes it jump nicely.

For comfort like the OP's looking for... yeah look for 73/73 and a bit longer chainstays.
 
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