Doug Dubach has always been the sort of guy who calls a spade a shovel. He says what he thinks, not what he's supposed to say. Applied's tests were true "blind" tests, where all the bikes involved were rotated through the test group in different orders and none of them had any idea of the offset on any of the bikes. They simply said I liked the (?) one the best. 24mm was what they came up with. The same blind test method produced an entirely different result with the YZ250F. In that test, the rider group collectively chose the 27mm clamp, which reduces trail, instead of increasing it. To be fair, RG3 could have used the same process, but I don't know. I would say, from riding my '03 with and without 22.5mm clamps on it, and riding my '06, that the '06 needs very little, if any at all, changes in the steering geometry to perform well, and it wouldn't be trail that I would change if I did. I'm not saying that it can't be improved, but I would be very surprised to find that I liked the way it felt with more than a millimeter's change in either direction. The 24mm number makes sense to me. 22.5 seems ridiculous. JMO. If you don't think head shake is an issue in MX, you should ride my '03.