One of the more common questions and the answer is simple. Because it sucks for anything else than riding on a flat, smooth surface on your way to the corner store. For any other riding, loads up front gives superior handling as long as they ride low and weight is evenly distributed on each side of the bike.
As soon as You get up from the saddle, climbing or accelerating, the loaded rear will start swaying out of rhythm and behave like a heavy pendant or tail. Climbing with a load in the front makes the bike handle like a normal bike since the load is balanced around the front hub and the headset pivot.
Descending with a bike, loaded front and low, stabilizes the ride further. Front and low for smooth surfaces and front and as low as possible for more gnarly terrain. Rule of thumb: 2 panniers only, always in the front - low, never in the rear. 4 panniers, front and back, as low a possible.
Try it out yourself and hey, try bunnyhoping a snake with 2 heavy panniers in the back only.
/ Team AWOL
We sure will…
The Pizza Rack is such an awesome and clever little rack and we wouldn’t wanna keep it from You. We’re working on it for 2015
It’s too early to reveal at this time but one thing is sure. We’re making some pretty sweet things both on a detailed level and range wise. 2015 will be a fun year for AWOL and AWOLers. Promise!
Wow, that sounds like quite a trip. We’d say You’re a clear borderline case. The L will be big enough but those longish legs might lean more towards XL. The top tube difference between L and XL is 25mm / 1 inch which you can fine tune with the stem. The XL with a short stem might feel more responsive than the L with a long one. You choose what experience you want. Or, since You’re borderline, flip a coin. Both of them will work.