Handlebar stem length

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Handlebar stem length

Postby BobScarle » Fri May 29, 2009 16:07 pm

I am looking to make my ride slightly more comfortable by being a little more upright. The bike is a Thorn Audax 853 which I use for rides of about 3 to 4 hours. I have a 110mm +/- 12 deg stem fitted. I am thinking of changing this out for a 60mm or 70mm possibly +/- 40 deg. I am a little worried about changing the handling characteristics. Would there be a noticable change? Would it be worth making the change?


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Postby rjh299 » Fri May 29, 2009 18:13 pm

That's a big difference dropping that much length off your stem. Have a look at the Ritchey Comp Adjustable stem, comes in diferent sizes and has an adjustable angle of +/-45 degrees.

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Postby maddog 2 » Fri May 29, 2009 18:24 pm

have a look on ebay. Plenty of cheap stems to try and when yo're happy you can buy a decent one.

I'd try a 90mm first and go from there. 70 and less will quicken the steering quite a bit. 90 shouldn't be too bad.
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Postby p3t389 » Fri May 29, 2009 21:03 pm

Hi, I changed from a 100mm to 60mm and was somewhat apprehensive but whilst the steering is a little sharper it's nothing too bad. For about £12 the Truvativ XR may be worth a try and if you like it you can go for something a little more in keeping with your beautiful bike.

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Postby Mister W » Fri May 29, 2009 21:03 pm

Agreed............ anything less than 80 is going to have a noticeable effect on the handling. Try a stem that angles up before you lose that much length.

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