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What stem length gives the best handling?(6 posts)

What stem length gives the best handling?aeon
Aug 9, 2002 8:02 PM
I'm just asking out of interest, but if you were having a custom geometry frame made, what length stem would you put on it?
re: What stem length gives the best handling?legs
Aug 9, 2002 9:18 PM
that is a loaded question...
and instead of getting into why.. I am just going to say that 110-120 is generally a length that indiates a good top tube fit.. but this is really a backwards way to make that conclusion...

I personally like to be stretched out.. even though I ride a 53.. my TT length is 55 and i use a 110 stem.
on a bike that is a little shorter .. say 54.5 .. i use a 120..
in the end both bikes fit..
but by the time i am up to 130.. I think I am on a bike that is too small for me.. now if i were a bigger person .. i would think about this differently... it is relative...

frankly the one that fits best is the one you are on.
Aug 10, 2002 9:32 AM
re: What stem length gives the best handling?Spoke Wrench
Aug 10, 2002 11:25 AM
It seems like I read somewhere that Eddy Merkx specs 110mm stems on all of his bikes. If I had to make a decision based upon someone else's opinion, I think that his would be a good one to follow.
design for 11-12 cm ..... I prefer 12cm ..... nmJohnG
Aug 10, 2002 2:44 PM
roughly proportional to frame size (nm)Kerry
Aug 10, 2002 3:39 PM