influence on riding performance
The trail has influence on the following two handling characteristics of the bicycle: straightness of the front wheel and maneuverability.
The greater the trail, the better the straightness stability of the front wheel. On the other hand, the steering forces increase and the bicycle is more difficult to steer at slow speeds, thus decreasing bicycle maneuverability.
The shorter the trail, the more maneuverable the bicycle and the easier it is to steer at low speeds. However, at high speeds it is more difficult to steer straight and the tendency of the front wheel to wobble increases.
The trail can be affected through several changes made to the frame geometry and/or its components:
- Steering angle
- Fork offset
- Fork travel
- Wheel diameter