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What to change?(4 posts)

What to change?JL
Dec 30, 2002 11:37 AM
For Xmas, the wife told me I could change my bar and stem. I have the stock ICON equipment on my 2001 Trek 5200. After riding double the miles vs. bike cost, I think I know I want the drops a little higher. Should I just change the stem (it's a 0 degree now) or keep the stem and get a shallower drop bar. The LBS suggested starting with the stem, but I don't think I need to bring the bar back so much as bring the drop "up".

Or should I just stretch more :) and leave what's working OK and choose another Xmas upgrade? If so, what to upgrade, if anything, for not a lot of $$$. Maybe some lighter wheels than the stock Vector Comps?

Thanks for any help.

John
re: What to change?pmf1
Dec 30, 2002 1:35 PM
I think I'd start with the stem. Frankly, most bars are pretty similar. You can get a stem with a 17 degree drop and flip it over. That way you'd have 107 degrees rather than 90. Most stems come with writing both ways these days. I did that with a Forgie stem. You might want to consider a stem that is a 1-2 centimeters shorter as well.

If you want to get really fancy, consider a carbon bar. I got one for my wife and she loves it. The Easton bar I got her has a unique and comfortable shape to it. Can't use aero bars with it though (you can with Kestrel however).
re: What to change?MR_GRUMPY
Dec 30, 2002 5:39 PM
Check out the web sites for the different bars that you are thinking about. I'm sure they will show the "drop". How do you feel on the "hoods"? Do you want to raise them also? If so, get a new stem. If not, get a new bar.
re: What to change?Fez
Dec 31, 2002 6:59 AM
Options:

1) Stem change - if you want a different length or angle than what you currently have
2) Raise bars up by rearranging the spacers
3) Rotate bars while stem bolts are loose. This can affect the height of the hoods and the drop angle and reach

4) If you do a search you will find some bars have different drops for shorter reach or for smaller hands. But bar choice is a personal preference thing.
Bars are a personal preference