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cyclocross stem size.snuz
Aug 23, 2002 6:52 AM
I just got my first cyclocross bike. It has a medium length stem with a slight rise. I feel like I'd prefer a long length with a steep rise, perhaps because that is what I have on my mountain bike. Would this be ok for a cyclo bike? I 've noticed most road riders, have a neg, flat, or slight rise. Haven't noticed too many steep rises.
do what your body tells you...Steve_O
Aug 23, 2002 7:42 AM
Shorter stems with a little rise are pretty common on CX bikes. They make offroad descents easier as your weight is not out front so much. A longer stem will stretch you out more, which means you'd take more of a beating offroad. Also, your bike would probably feel more twitchy through rough stuff with a longer stem.

With all that said, do what your body tells you. Do you feel cramped on the CX bike right now?

Steve-O (Just orded a shorter stem with more rise to improve my position offroad... Will have a Kelly Stem in the Marketplace soon!)
Hey Stevesnuz
Aug 23, 2002 8:00 AM
I posted a few weeks ago, I got a Kelly bike on E-Bay. Unfortunately the bike arrived scratched so it's going back to Kelly for a re-paint. They've given me a break for my troubles. At least I'll get a color I really want, but it's been quite a hassle. The Kelly people have been really nice.

Part of the scratch is on the decal. I have to say that these decals seem really vulnerable to falling off fast. Even part of the decal that wasn't on the side of the scratch is chipping off. I'm thinking about popping the extra cash for a clearcoat.

The decals on the images you posted look pretty good. How have your decals held up to the scratches you've come across off road.

I know, at least in the mountain bike forum, that its not considered cool to be concerned what your bike looks like,
but I like to keep it looking as decent as possible.

As for this stem thing, I'll be toying around with the fit for a while. I would have preferred the top tube to be an inch or so longer, I'll be adjusting seat, height and stem.
I'm one of those people who always seems to fall between two bike sizes.
Given a choice...Steve_O
Aug 23, 2002 10:55 AM
Given a choice I would opt for the under clearcoat decals.

My big decals on the downtube have been fine but the little ones on the chainstays and seatstays have gotten a little water/mud under them and it has become visible. This is after 6 months and approximately 2k miles. I sent Kelly an e-mail a while back about buying an additional set of decals and the cost was a little steep ($35)...

If your curious about a Kelly stem I might have a 0 degree 11cm Kelly stem to sell. I want to try a little more rise so I have a new stem on the way. If the experiment works out the old stem will be sold off....
I could use the kelly stembuffalosorrow
Aug 23, 2002 5:38 PM
I need to swap off my ITM / due to the bolts stripping.
What price are you asking? And do you have an aprox time?
re: cyclocross stem size.OffRoadTourer
Aug 24, 2002 9:37 PM
Assuming your top tube is a similar length to your MTB you shouldn't need a long stem. Remember that the forward reach on a set of road or cross bars adds at least 30mm to the overall length of your fit. I run a 120-135mm stem on my MTB which has a 23.5inch top tube. My cross bike has a 23 inch top tube and I'm running a 100mm stem. As for the rise well that's a personal preference thing, do a really technical downhill run and you'll soon find out if your bars are too low... You don't need to buy a new stem to alter your rise, just play around with spacers above and below your stem (you didn't cut your steerer tube yet did you? Or are you still running threaded forks, yuko!)
shorter is better....Marcocyclo
Aug 27, 2002 10:44 AM
in cyclocross that is. i just switched a 120 for an 80 same 15dg rise and can't believe the difference. it is more stable steering and just a better position for me anyway.