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  1. #1
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    New question here. Give Me a Dummy Guide - How To Be More Stable? Faster Cornering? etc?

    I am in need of a VERY short dummy guide, example;

    -The higher the handlebars/fork, the more twitchy the bike? (good for XC?)
    -The shorter the stem, the less responsive it becomes? (good for DH?)

    etc etc etc....

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    4 days and no reply?

    Probably because there's no short answer.

    Stable, which can lead to slow-handling generally comes from:
    - long wheelbase
    - slack head angle
    - wide bars
    - long stem (generally)

    Fast handling, which can lead to twitchy/unstable comes from:
    - short(er) wheelbase
    - steep head angle
    - short stem
    - narrow bars

    It's not cut-and-dry, though. Too much of any one is usually bad except for specific applications. Also, what is quick to some people is still too slow for others. Adding weight in the form of cargo or water, or changing tires or tire pressure, or riding a bike with different wheel size may also affect handling. Frame geometry, fork trail, rider size/weight all play a part, too.

    "High" (another relative term) bars usually just means bad handling all around. If you can't move around in the cockpit of your bike you cannot use it fully. High bars usually cause a problem. That doesn't mean lower is better.

    Usually a proper bike fitting will give a starting point. Some longer rides on varying terrain will help sort it out more specifically.

    If you are having trouble with both instability AND slow cornering you probably just need to practice more, or take a riding clinic.

    Good luck.

    It's never easier - you just go faster.

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