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Ok time for Fred question(10 posts)

Ok time for Fred questioncyclopathic
Feb 19, 2002 2:37 PM
I am building new bike and to get the reach I need I can either flip the stem or use spacers.
Any comments're welcome take a shot
Feb 19, 2002 2:41 PM
and according to a poster a few days ago, steel spacers are too compliant, alu spacers will ride REALLY harsh and Ti spacers are of course, for old fogies. You gotta go carbon spacers!
Feb 19, 2002 2:47 PM
If you are budget conscious, just flip the stem
Feb 19, 2002 2:47 PM
Actually, for REACH, you need to vary the stem length. You can only make infinitesimal adjustments to reach by stem height adjustments. If you flip the stem, while the reach may feel right, what you'll find is that your weight distribution is compromised and either aerodynamics go out the window (if it's flipped up) or you're putting too much weight on your hands (if it's flipped down).
Two principlesSpoke Wrench
Feb 19, 2002 3:22 PM
First: Don't do anything that can't be undone until you are SURE you are right. In this case, until you are positive about handlebar height, stick the maximum amount of spacers under the stem. You can always cut the steer tube off later, but once it's cut, it's cut.

Second: Try the cheapest potential solution first. That way if you don't like it for any reason and decide to change it, you havn't lost much.
flip the'll be lighter (nm)sadsad
Feb 19, 2002 3:25 PM
flip the'll be lighter (nm)soup
Feb 19, 2002 3:47 PM
Try to come up with a solution that uses as few spacers as possible. This will result in a stiffer, lighter setup. So if flipping gets you the right position do that.
Flip it.Elefantino
Feb 19, 2002 4:14 PM
More and more you even see pros riding with riser or 90-degree stems. It's cool now. And cheaper than carbon spacers.

I have a aslaS stem, by the way. Flipped, of course.
re: Pros ride with riser or 90-degree stems. It's cool now.Straightblock
Feb 20, 2002 11:46 AM
What a relief. I thought I'd committed a Fred downgrade. I recently switched to a flipped stem with a slight rise & it's made a big difference in my comfort on longer rides. Bonus benefits: the new stem is lighter and the steerer clamp is taller, so I got rid of 2 headset spacers.
re: Ok time for Freud questionRayBan
Feb 20, 2002 6:00 AM
If the stem is flipped, eliminating the spacers will yield a stiffer stem/bars combo compared to a bunch of spacers which will add flex.