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I have a trek Farley 9.6 with the sliding dropout setup. I have a ton of room to move them forward. Has anybody done it and did you feel it made a different in handling? I know people slide them around for different size wheel/tire combos out of necessity but I was curious if it is worth trying them all the way forward. If I did a blind test both ways do you think I would even notice? Meaning would I be better off spending my time riding then fiddling in the garage.

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Shorter wheel base will create a bike with quick and nimble handling. Bike will feel more playful.

Longer wheel base will make the bike more stable and slow feeling.

Just play around with it and see how it feels.
 

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If you do slide the axle forward, do you need to remove any links from the chain?
Maybe, but probably not. As long as there is chain tension in the smallest cog, it is ok. Assuming the chain was properly sized from the shop, chances are it will be fine. It is possible that the ideal chain length changes from longest to shortest settings, but I wouldn't mess with it as long as there is chain tension in the smallest cog.
 

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When playing, rember to adjust the brake caliper also if the mount is part of the frame.

I pull back for riding snow and sand, slammed forward for single track and groomers.

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I've come to the conclusion that I have to try stuff for myself. Asking other people on the internet is often an exercise in dueling opinions. What makes a huge, game changing difference for one person is meh for someone else. If it is an easy test why not got for it?
 
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