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    Avg. head tube angle 4 a trail/AM bike?

    68.5 degrees? what do you think?

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    Average is about 69 degrees

    I like a slack head angle to give better downhill control.
    The downside your cornering is slower on tight and very twisty tracks, I can live with that.

    I think cross country bikes are 70-71 degrees.Freeride bikes are around 67-68.Most AM is 69. Check the frame geometry as that depends on the fork travel the frame recommended for.

    Amazing that there is only a few degrees difference! But combine forks short stem etc to give a different ride.

    Good riding

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingkiwi
    I like a slack head angle to give better downhill control.
    The downside your cornering is slower on tight and very twisty tracks, I can live with that.

    I think cross country bikes are 70-71 degrees.Freeride bikes are around 67-68.Most AM is 69. Check the frame geometry as that depends on the fork travel the frame recommended for.

    Amazing that there is only a few degrees difference! But combine forks short stem etc to give a different ride.

    Good riding
    My jamis is 68.5 3/4, seems just perfect except on UBER steep climbs -- but I can grunt through those. Just curious what others ride...

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    Depends on the amount of front travel you want so it would vary between like what flyingkiwi said.
    Riding F/S since oct 94'

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    Yeah, about 69 degrees. That was my ultimate setup on my 5in bike. Right now I am on about 67deg trail bike and it makes tech uphills more effortless as the front wheel is just waiting for a nod to pop off the ground, and the smooth uphills require only a slight weight shift forward. The real reward comes on fast downs.

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