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GOOD ADVICE BUT...HOW DO I RAISE HANDLEBARS(3 posts)

GOOD ADVICE BUT...HOW DO I RAISE HANDLEBARSGreg Tepley
May 10, 2001 7:42 PM
Great advice about my problem with hand discomfort...

How do I raise the handlebars on my r600? My maintenance books refer to old bikes without interchangeable stems? I have a stem that wraps around a my handlebars with a "crane creek" dust protector on top (looks like what you would call a headset). I don't want to go banging around and screw up my headset.

thanks,
re: GOOD ADVICE BUT...HOW DO I RAISE HANDLEBARSDrD
May 10, 2001 7:50 PM
(sarcasm on) this is the true beauty of the threadless system (sarcasm off) you can't really do much with the existing system - if you have a reversable stem, and can flip it over (from -17 to +17 deg) that will raise the bars a bit. If not, you will need a new higher-rise stem.

Threadless is easy to get to go down, but once you cut the steerer on the fork, it's sort of a challange to go back up without buying a new stem.
Don't underestimate the effect of changing the stemStewart Kaufman
May 11, 2001 9:33 AM
If you have a 73 degree angle on your head tube and switch from a negative 17 degrees (parallel to the ground) to a positive 17 degrees, it adds approximately 5 cm (2 inches) to the height of your bar. It also reduces the effective stem length by about 2 cm. If you already have a 0 degree stem, going to a 105 or 107 raises your bar about 2.5 cm.

These are considerable changes for a road bike.