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Threadless headset set up and adjusting handlebar height(6 posts)

Threadless headset set up and adjusting handlebar heightkilimanjaro
Dec 18, 2002 1:03 PM
Is there a way to easily adjust threadless handlebar height? I am looking into an new all around bike where I may want to adjust handlebar height but not have to swap stems, maybe event during a ride. I know how to do this on a threaded headset, but most new bikes have threadless front ends.
invert the stem?DougSloan
Dec 18, 2002 2:13 PM
Stems that are other than 90 degrees, with respect to the steerer tube, will have different angles if they are inverted (turned over). Some do this more than others.

Other than a stem change, the only other way is the number of spacers under the stem. If there is sufficient steerer tube exposed, you can move some spacers to be over the stem, effectively lowering it, to experiment with new positions. It helps if the shop leaves a little excess tube exposed before the final cut is made.

Doug
yep, spacerslaffeaux
Dec 18, 2002 2:34 PM
Leave enough room on the steerer to have a spacer or two on top of the stem. During your ride you can rearange the stem and spacers to vary the height. I do this on my MTB, and when I'm on a ride where there are steep downhills and mild climbs, I'll raise the stem.
addendumDougSloan
Dec 18, 2002 3:13 PM
If you build the bike in the "low" position, make sure you leave enough cable length to allow raising the bars.

Doug
An alternative........gogene
Dec 18, 2002 3:45 PM
....is the ITM Millinnium Adjustable stem. I use them on two different bikes, and can adjust handlbar height depending on the ride conditions, length etc. I got mine at Lickton's:

http://www.lickbike.com/i1190200.htm
Good solution for finding rise, even during a ride. nmSpunout
Dec 19, 2002 4:58 AM