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Stem Length(5 posts)

Stem Lengthlegz
Oct 3, 2001 12:10 AM
Got my 1st custom fitted road bike in May this year after riding MTB for a few years.
I mainly do bunch riding over 80 to 160 kms and have also raced in crits. I ve had three races and have improved my placing each time.
I have modified my seat height since I got my bike (gradually higher). However I feel a bit stretched out particularly on longer training rides.
Currently my stem length is 110mm. Ive spoken to my local bike shop, they suggest i fit a 100mm stem - I dont feel that is a big enough difference. I was thinking of a 90mm. I am not the most flexible guy (or the youngest at 40yrs). Any comments on similar experiences?
re: Stem Lengthjagiger
Oct 3, 2001 6:02 AM
I had a similar problem & I went from 110 to 95cm. The lbs felt that anything less might effect handling. This seemed to feel better, so I left it at that. Next time I'll get the smaller frame.
If the issue is flexibility, not fit..jtolleson
Oct 3, 2001 7:31 AM
then stick with their suggestion and then get one with 5 or 10 degree rise to accomodate the adjustments you've made to your saddle and your lack of flexibility. Merely shorting the stem will affect handling more than the modest rise.
handling and stem lengthishmael
Oct 3, 2001 7:53 AM
shorter stems affect handling but it isnt neccessarily a bad thing..ive got a 9cm and it is a bit more twitchy than my bike with a 13...the compromise of slight twitchyness for comfort is deffinately wirth could also go with a shorter reach bar instead which is the best bet i think since i think they are more comfortable...cinelli genrally are shorter reach and salsa make a realy short one called poco which i have and like alot..
stem length and flexibilityJon
Oct 3, 2001 9:08 AM
Unless you're really kind of sitting back behind the bar and reaching a lot, I'd go for either a small
decrease in length or a small rise. The reason being you can-and should-work on your flexibility.
Also, over a period of time, especially if you're racing, your position on the bike evolves, usually
towards a more aero, functionally efficient position. I'm 57, and over the last 5 years I've increased
my seat/handlebar height differential from 6 cm to 10 cm and my stem length by 10 mm. I also
work on my flexibility daily. The net effect is that I'm more comfortable and efficient on my bike.
Just my two cents.