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Correct stemlength?(2 posts)

Correct stemlength?Pewe
May 7, 2003 1:52 AM
Is there a "correct" stemlength or is the length of the stem simply what feels right? I have heard when riding along and looking down your handlebar should block your front hub. Is this right or is there another way to determine what lenght that is right?

Thanks for your help!
no "correct" length...C-40
May 7, 2003 4:56 AM
Blocking the view of the front hub with the bars is purely coincidental and has nothing to do with the stem length being correct. In most cases, a 2-3cm range can fit this description.

I try to have enough length to avoid knee to elbow overlap when riding in the drops with the hands in reach of the brake lever and the upper back horizontal. Any more length is of no advantage, IMO. Some folks ride with a shorter stem and flare their elbows to provide knee clearance.

A longer stem increases the angle between the arm and torso. If the angle is too extreme, additional stress will be placed on the shoulder muscles, with resulting fatigue and pain.