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Why are Inverted Forks Better?
Flash #412, 07-Oct-01
When the bigger tube is the longer tube, the fork is stiffer. Stiffer means that it flexes less. If it flexes less, you have a better sense of control and in fact DO have better control.
There is also something called the sprung to un-sprung weight ratio (sometimes just called un-sprung weight ratio). This refers to the weight of the vehicle mechanically located below the suspension to the weight of the vehicle mechanically located on top of the suspension.
Considering the engineering extreme will help you understand why this is important:
If your bike and you weighed 1000 pounds and your wheels, fork lowers and swing-arms weighed nothing, when you hit either a dip or a bump in the road, the attitude of the bike would not change. The ride would be super-smooth. Conversely, if your wheels and stuff weighed 1000 pounds and you and your bike weighed 200 pounds, every dip or bump in the road would throw you up or down with the wheels, no matter how great the suspension.
Inverted forks put the heavier bits in the sprung category, which improves suspension action compared to the identical parts installed conventionally. The lighter the bike, the more noticeable this effect.
And that is why inverted forks are better.