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Higher rise stemsDavidS
Sep 12, 2001 9:33 PM
Does anyone in this forum have an opinion or recommmendation for a stem with a higher rise. I need to raise my bars a little, and have an ahead set fork/headset that is maxed out in height. I know that Bontrager makes a +/- 17 degree stem that is able to be inverted. Do you know anything about these or others that may work?
Easy to find, and you'll be glad you didcory
Sep 13, 2001 7:34 AM
When I built my Atlantis, I took Rivendell's advice and set it up initially with the bars level with the saddle. I was going to try it for awhile, then lower them (it's a quill stem, so it's easy).
It's been six months, and I'm staying with it. It's no slower (might be for Lance in a TT; isn't for me riding in the mountains), and it's so comfortable I can ride longer and harder. No neck pain, no numb hands, no downside.
The stems are all over the place--Nashbar, Performance and almost any non-arrogant roadie pr!ck bike shop. If the road shops can't help, check mountain bike parts.
Nittoalex the engineer
Sep 13, 2001 7:43 AM
....makes the Technomic stem. I have one on my touring bike, and it can sit nearly 4" above the headset. They cost about $40 @ harris cyclery, but you can probably order it from your LBS for the same price, and get it just as quickly.
Lots of good optionsbianchi boy
Sep 13, 2001 9:27 AM
Ritchey makes a Pro reversible stem in 90 and +/- 17 degrees.
Salsa SUL makes a 90-degree and +15 (which is what I've got), and they can custom make stems with just about any rise or reach.
The TTT Forgie stem can be reversed, making it +10 degrees.

All of these are good stems and I have used all three. The Ritchey and Forgie are lighter, but "chunkier" looking than the Salsa. On a bike with big diameter tubing, they would look fine. I've got a small diameter steel frame and the Salsa stem just seems to fit and look better, although it is slightly heavier.

I've had a lot of problems with numbness in my hands and raising my handlebar really helped. The higher riding position is also much more comfortable for me, and you can see the road ahead easier without craning your neck.