Good thing we're grading you on facts and not artwork.Originally posted by dragknt
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The rake stays the same when lowered the same front and rear. The trail, however decreases. Here's a (ghetto) diagram.
Dropping just the front actually decreases rake and trail. Lowering the rear with it keeps the rake steady, but the trail will decrease just because you're bringing the steering head forward as you bring it down...remember the forks aren't completely vertical. Granted, just lowering it in the front kills your trail more, and also kills your rake...but you do lose trail no matter what.
+1 my bad, I was having a brain fart. :/Originally posted by 6RracerMP
Mad Mike, you are correct, trail is the distance between where a line extending from the forks (same angle as forks) hits the ground, and if you drop a plumbline from the front axle.