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    What is everybody's bike and wheelbase, hardtails. My bike seems s little to quick to respond, twitchy? Just bought my wife a new bike and her wheelbase is longer. And does a longer wheel base mean better handling?

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    A longer wheelbase won't handle quite as quickly, but the real difference that can be felt is the steering head angle. If it is slacker(top raked back farther toward the rider), the handling will be slower and more predictable at speed, if it is steeper(more straight up and down) the steering will be quicker and will feel more twitchy at speed but will turn more easily at slow speeds. There are other thinbgs that affect handling as well, like the off set in the front forks, wheel diameter, etc.


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    Wheel base is affected by many variables, chain stay length, top tube length, head tube angle, fork offset, fork travel/axle to crown height, etc. As Wayne noted the most noticeable difference is usually felt with different head tube angles, all else being equal. I would suggest comparing the frame geometries of your bike to your wife's bike. The difference between the two likely isn't just wheel base. Wheel base is certainly part of it, but there has to be some difference in geometry that gives it that longer wheel base.

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    As has been said geometry makes the most difference. Generally a long wheelbase will handle more poorly, what handle better in your experience? A short sports car or long SUV? Yes there is a weight & CG difference but you get the point.

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    What bike do you have and what's your wife's. I doubt it's the wheelbase, it's the geometry and set up.

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