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Fork rake help?(3 posts)

Fork rake help?Mandrake
Jun 26, 2003 7:24 AM
I've just acquired a Specialized M4 CX with a head angle of 71.5. In shopping around for forks, it seems like there is a pretty big variation in rakes. Could someone recommend an ideal rake for all-purpose use (i.e., dirt roads, trails, the occasional cross race)? Thanks.
re: Fork rake help?Dan Cas
Jun 27, 2003 5:41 AM
Since nobody smarter than me answered,I'll try.Most cross makers seem to try to achieve a trail in the 60-62mm range,but there is some flexibilty.I believe that frame was originally spec'd with a Kinesis al fork,which has 45mm rake,probably somewhat low rake for such a slack head angle.My guess is that 45-50mm would be OK.

If you look at the Gunnar site,they list HA's and rake for the entire range,and you can get an idea.

This is a trail calculator site that may offer some insight.

Hope this helps,Dan
Thanks Dan! (nm)Mandrake
Jun 27, 2003 6:43 AM