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Wheel Flop Solution

STEP 0: Pre-Calculation Summary
Formula Used
Wheel Flop Factor = Trail*sin(Head Angle)*cos(Head Angle)
f = Tm*sin(θ)*cos(θ)
This formula uses 2 Functions, 2 Variables
Functions Used
sin - Trigonometric sine function, sin(Angle)
cos - Trigonometric cosine function, cos(Angle)
Variables Used
Trail - Trail is defined as the distance the front tire’s contact patch “trails” the imaginary point where the steering axis intersects the ground. (Measured in Millimeter)
Head Angle - Head Angle is the steering axis angle measured from the horizontal. (Measured in Degree)
STEP 1: Convert Input(s) to Base Unit
Trail: 10 Millimeter --> 0.01 Meter (Check conversion here)
Head Angle: 30 Degree --> 0.5235987755982 Radian (Check conversion here)
STEP 2: Evaluate Formula
Substituting Input Values in Formula
f = Tm*sin(θ)*cos(θ) --> 0.01*sin(0.5235987755982)*cos(0.5235987755982)
Evaluating ... ...
f = 0.00433012701892219
STEP 3: Convert Result to Output's Unit
0.00433012701892219 Meter -->4.33012701892219 Millimeter (Check conversion here)
FINAL ANSWER
4.33012701892219 Millimeter <-- Wheel Flop Factor
(Calculation completed in 00.000 seconds)
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Wheel Flop Formula

Wheel Flop Factor = Trail*sin(Head Angle)*cos(Head Angle)
f = Tm*sin(θ)*cos(θ)

What happens due to wheel flop?

Because wheel flop involves the lowering of the front end of a bicycle or motorcycle, the force due to gravity will tend to cause handlebar rotation to continue with increasing rotational velocity and without additional rider input on the handlebars.

How to Calculate Wheel Flop?

Wheel Flop calculator uses Wheel Flop Factor = Trail*sin(Head Angle)*cos(Head Angle) to calculate the Wheel Flop Factor, Wheel Flop refers to steering behavior in which a bicycle or motorcycle tends to turn more than expected due to the front wheel "flopping" over when the handlebars are rotated. Wheel Flop Factor is denoted by f symbol.

How to calculate Wheel Flop using this online calculator? To use this online calculator for Wheel Flop, enter Trail (Tm) & Head Angle (θ) and hit the calculate button. Here is how the Wheel Flop calculation can be explained with given input values -> 4.330127 = 0.01*sin(0.5235987755982)*cos(0.5235987755982).

FAQ

What is Wheel Flop?
Wheel Flop refers to steering behavior in which a bicycle or motorcycle tends to turn more than expected due to the front wheel "flopping" over when the handlebars are rotated and is represented as f = Tm*sin(θ)*cos(θ) or Wheel Flop Factor = Trail*sin(Head Angle)*cos(Head Angle). Trail is defined as the distance the front tire’s contact patch “trails” the imaginary point where the steering axis intersects the ground & Head Angle is the steering axis angle measured from the horizontal.
How to calculate Wheel Flop?
Wheel Flop refers to steering behavior in which a bicycle or motorcycle tends to turn more than expected due to the front wheel "flopping" over when the handlebars are rotated is calculated using Wheel Flop Factor = Trail*sin(Head Angle)*cos(Head Angle). To calculate Wheel Flop, you need Trail (Tm) & Head Angle (θ). With our tool, you need to enter the respective value for Trail & Head Angle and hit the calculate button. You can also select the units (if any) for Input(s) and the Output as well.
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