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Question about steer tube safety(5 posts)

Question about steer tube safetyRandyMH
May 23, 2002 8:55 PM
Are there any safety concerns about using too many spacers on a treadless headset. My body geometry calls for me to ride a taller frame but my torso is very short. I already have quite a few spacers on the current steer tube, but I'm still a little stretched out. I have access to a longer one that will bring my bars a little closer and higher. I'm not too worried about the it cosmeticly but was wondering if there are any safety concerns.
re: Question about steer tube safetyPjkad
May 24, 2002 3:48 AM
I understood from my LBS that you should not go more than about 1 1/2" of spacers on a threadless headset. I wanted to get more vertical as well and dealt with it through a stem with greater rise. If your LBS has the Salsa device that can replicate various stem lengths and rises you can really get fit correctly.
use stem angle and length....C-40
May 24, 2002 6:02 AM
You forgot to note whether you have a steel, aluminum or carbon steerer and the size 1" or 1-1/8". Makes a big difference. Post some specifics on the stem being used and the amount of spacers. I can suggest an alternative with more information.

Regardless, it's always better to use stem angle and length changes for the majority of the change in height or reach. Lots of spacers looks silly (but so does a real high rise stem). The high rise stem will be more rigid.
re: Question about steer tube safetytarwheel
May 24, 2002 6:42 AM
My bike has a threadless fork/stem with a steel steerer tube. I was told by a number of sources that it doesn't matter how many spacers if you're using a steel steer. If using carbon, I think the max is generally 1.5-2 cm of spacers recommended. Not sure about aluminum or ti steerers. I have a positive rise stem (Salsa 105) and about 3 cm of spacers. I'm not crazy about the appearance but I've gotten used to it -- and it is definitely more comfortable than a lower set up. I have no problems with flex or lack of stiffness using this setup. Don't worry about the style police who ridicule cyclists with higher bars. You're comfort is what is most important. Using a higher bar, I am able to ride in the drops more than ever before. I see lots of cyclists with very low bars who never, ever ride in the drops. If I need to get more aero, I get in the drops and I'm just efficient as the guys who are straining to reach their bars even riding on the hoods.
riser stem?cyclopathic
May 24, 2002 3:29 PM
If you have 1 1/8 steer you can get riser MTB stem (they come in 40deg too) and get rid of spacers. If it's 1" you can shim it to 1 1/8 or at least flip your current -10deg stem.