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Is a 130mm stem too long???(4 posts)

Is a 130mm stem too long???DWridesGT
Jun 16, 2002 12:25 AM
My current bike fits rather well, it has a 120mm stem on it now. I would like to put a 130mm stem on it to give me the ever-so-slight longer reach that I need. I have heard that steering and handling starts to get shakey when the handlebars are out that far. Any ideas...... (My bike is dialed in pretty good, the seat is positioned perfectly, I don't need to slide it back more) Thanks for the input.

DWridesGT
Not if it feels right.Leisure
Jun 16, 2002 1:37 AM
A longer stem (which in my case couples to a smaller frame) is what gets the handling I want. I've never heard about 130mm specifically causing shakes, my feeling is it actually makes things more stable because you're steering across a wider arc. I'd be tempted to think that the shaky steering you've heard about has more to do with some other associated factor, like a longer stem further throwing off the fit of a bike that wasn't sized or aligned well to begin with, or perhaps misplacing the center of gravity for some riders (pushing it too far forward). That's just speculation though.
Depends on the frame sizeNessism
Jun 16, 2002 10:58 AM
My personel opinion is that a 130 mm stem is OK on a large frame (58+ cm), but less than ideal on something smaller. It's been said that riders with low mass upper bodies can get away with a longer stem since they carry less weight up front (many Euro riders fit this profile from what I hear).

Good luck.

Ed
re: Is a 130mm stem too long???270bullet
Jun 17, 2002 8:17 AM
I have a 130 mm 3TTT Forgie Stem for sale. I had it on my old bike that had a shorter top tube. When went to my new frame the top tube was longer. Therefore the reach was ok for hard short rides but too long for long rides.

As far a steering stability, I did not notice any difference between 120 and 130. Your only talking about 1cm difference (0.394 inches - less than 1/2 an inch).

If you are interested in the Stem let me know. I was going to put it up on Ebay.