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Old 03-04-2006, 12:24 PM
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Martin bros single side swing arm

I was wondering what type of frame was used for the Patriot bike? Also, I spoke with a builder and they told me that the 55* plus rake and the single sided swing arm with 280/300 back tire was unsafe. However, I see the Martin Bros bike cruising and looking long and low (which is what I want). I guess I'm just looking for some info. If you could help me out I sure would appreciate it.
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Old 03-04-2006, 01:22 PM
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Also, I spoke with a builder and they told me that the 55* plus rake and the single sided swing arm with 280/300 back tire was unsafe.

Did they explain exactly why they think it's unsafe? I would imagine as long as the trail is adjusted correctly, it would be pretty safe, but that's just a thought.
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Old 03-04-2006, 01:38 PM
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Rake isn't necessarily an "unsafe" thing. Proper trail is important. Mine is 52 degrees and the trail is right on so it steers and tracks perfectly.

It could be this person was referring to a federal or state specification on total rake. I believe 40-45 degrees is mentioned in many states, and I believe a federal standard. He may be using that as his reference point for a "safe" maximum rake. Also, the vertical forces exerted on the neck and front end components are more difficult to distribute/absorb with radical rakes.

As for the single side swingarm with a big tire. IMO, they seem to pull a bit when hammered. Almost an offset feeling. But, someone smarter than me probably has that fix figured out.
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The builder said the rake was illegal in my state (Hawaii). He also said the single side swing arm with the 300 tire wouldn't have enough support when pounded.
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