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Height Adjustable Stems & Stem Height(3 posts)

Height Adjustable Stems & Stem Heighttincanman99
May 18, 2002 5:44 PM
I have Klein Quantum and want to get the stem height higher as its pretty low relative to the seat height. Causes pain in my back and shoulder blades.

I have read about flipping the threadless stems over. That is one solution and I would get 2-3 centimeters.

I have seen several height adjustable stems that were interesting from 3TTT, ITM and Look. Than I could make the stem height whatever I wanted.

Anybody have any experience with them?

re: Height Adjustable Stems & Stem Heightjtolleson
May 18, 2002 6:30 PM
Heavy, expensive, and IMO, unnecessary once you simply get the "right" fit on your bike. I think that some beginners like them assuming they can start out upright and drop their bars as they get more flexible/stronger. But I think the jury's out on whether that is necessary.
beware of reach change....C-40
May 19, 2002 4:52 AM
I wouldn't bother with one of these ugly things. They are heavy and cost 2-3 times as much as a regular stem.

Flipping an 80 degree stem will raise the bars about 3.5cm, but it also shortens the reach about 1cm, so you need to buy one size longer to get the same horizontal reach. If this isn't enough rise, you may have purchased a frame that's too small.

Muscular pain in the neck, shoulders and back is more often the result of weak abdominals, back and neck muscles. A few simple exercises will help to alleviate this problem. For shoulder pain, lace your fingers together and place your hands behind your head. Bend you neck forward, apply pressure with your hands and straighten you neck slowly. Repeat 5-10 times. Do this a couple of times a day and within a week or two, your shoulder pain may disappear.

Try hanging knee raises or a $10 "ab wheel" to strengthen the abs. Works wonders. For back strength, back extensions are recommended.