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Tech podcast, ep. 6: What is trail and why does it matter?

What is trail? No, not a dirt path you mountain bike on — we're talking about the often-misunderstood geometry measurement.

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Welcome to the VeloNews Tech podcast, where we discuss complex tech topics and distill them down into terms we can all understand.

What is trail? No, not that dirt path you like to mountain bike on — we are talking about the often-misunderstood bike geometry measurement.

In this episode of the VeloNews tech podcast, we speak to BMC Switzerland’s head of engineering, Stefan Christ. He helps us better understand how trail affects a bike’s handling.

But more importantly, he explains why a variety of factors influence the way a bike feels — it isn’t as simple as just one geometry measurement.

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