Wouldn't that get you a shorted wheelbase? If so a 46 offset should handle faster?My understanding was that the Rip was designed around a 46mm offset. So a 140 pike with 46mm offset is what I have waiting in a box patiently for my Rip9RDO to arrive.
My understanding is that the minimal difference is the 51mm offset will steer a little quicker. I have no real world experience with a 51mm offset fork though, I just know the theory/geometry behind the design change.
Yes, there is a longer wheelbase with a 51mm offset fork but also a shorter trail number. Which results in a quicker steering bike.Wouldn't that get you a shorted wheelbase? If so a 46 offset should handle faster?
I like your link better than mine.:thumbsup: He does a good job of relating what the numbers mean in a more clear and down to earth manner that helps us make a more informed decision one way or the other.Here is a write-up on the difference:
Art's Cyclery Blog » Ask a Mechanic: 29er Forks ? 46mm or 51mm Offset?
I have the 51 and I agree with this, though going with wider bars has made this less of an issue, not that it was a big deal to begin with. I do appreciate the lighter feeling of the steering on the descents, though.On steep climbs when you are pushing really hard the 51 will wander more when pulling on the bars...