According to Titus the '05 SM has a head angle of 67.5* with a 7" fork, and a seat angle of 69.5*.
The '06 has a HA of 67* with a 6" fork, and a SA of 68*
According to these numbers, the '06 is a much slacker, more DH oriented bike, even with an inch less travel up front.
It would follow, then, that swapping the (nearly) 7" 66SL (which is 10mm longer A-C than the 36Van used by Titus to caluclate these #'s) will slacken the HA even further, to perhaps 66.5*.
So, with the same fork, the HA of the '06 SM is 1 full degree "slacker" than the '05 with the same fork. The seat angle is about 2 full degrees more slack.
Does anyone see any fault in this thinking / these numbers? Have I missed anything here?
After riding my medium '05 SM for 9 months now, it's clear that I need a large. I like the 3 lb savings of the '06, but I LOVE the geometry of my '05 - perfect for what I do. I fear that to slacken the HA will negetively affect the "trail performance" of the bike.
Observation : By making the "new" SM more of a slack DH ride, Titus has "created a gap" between the ML and SM, effectively "making room" for their upcoming 6" travel bike! I'll bet its geometry will be nicely balanced between the two, perhaps close to the '05 & earlier SM.
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