Originally Posted by Baratacus
the front towers don't hang any lower than shackles. because they are closed in front and extend above where the lower mount is for the shackle, they have the appearance of hanging down lower when they actually just extend up higher for a firmer mounting.
Unless you rock crawl...
Shackles move and can 'give' with more flexibility than the 'fangs'. Whack the fangs on a rock and you can bend them (one guess as to how I know). Otherwise, I agree with the rest. For most normal trails, the Calmini 5" will give you a decent ride. It also allows more control of the front axle than a standard SPOA (without a panhard).