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Stem Rise Question(5 posts)

Stem Rise QuestionMerlin Vince
May 3, 2002 9:09 PM
I have one inch of spacers between the stem and headset on my road bike. I was wondering what you think of getting a stem with a positive rise of 5 degrees, and removing the spacers. Current stem has a -10 degree rise (or also known as a 80 degree rise).

And of course, the carbon fiber steerer tube will be trimmed in the process.

Any advantages or disadvanges to this setup?

So basically my question is whether to leave my setup as is, or get a new stem and remove spacers and cut fork?
re: Stem Rise QuestionBacco
May 4, 2002 12:44 PM
You might be able to easily flip your current stem over depending on your equipment. If you have spacers above and below the stem now, you may be able to move those around to achieve the handlebar height you want. If the handlebar winds up being a little higher than ideal, remember that you could then ride in the drops more with less back discomfort.
flipping the stem shortens it...C-40
May 5, 2002 3:06 PM
If you flip an 80 degree stem, the bars height will increase by 3.5cm, which will place the bars higher than desired, even after the spacers are removed. The reach to the bars will also be shortened by 1cm.

A 90 degree stem will come closest to producing the correct amount if height increase. The reach will still be reduced by about .5cm.

An 84 degree Ritchey WCS will raise the bars about 1.5cm more than an 80 degree ITM. Flipping it to 96 degrees will increase height 3cm.

This site may prove helpful.
Remove the spacers and mount your dropbar upside down.Quack
May 6, 2002 6:43 AM
In my opinion, I would leave it as is. The amount of weight you will shave by cutting an inch off of a carbon steer tube and removing spacers is negligible. But the most important reason not to do it is that rise stems make your bike look gay. But if you're going for the touring/hybrid look, have at it.
re: Stem Rise QuestionMerlin Vince
May 6, 2002 11:11 AM
Thanks for the responses. I found them all to be useful.