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Probably a no brainer but I might as well ask....(6 posts)

Probably a no brainer but I might as well ask....cyclejim
Jul 30, 2002 8:50 PM
I recently purchased a Easton EC70 fork to replace my existing fork. Upon it's arrival- to my dismay I realized that the steerer on the new fork was 1/2 inch shorter than the steerer on my existing fork. You see, I have a VERY LONG head tube, and I was running the stock fork full length uncut with 11 1/2 inches of steerer and a 25mm spacer. The Easton is 11 inches exactly but I decided to give it a try and see how it felt. With the shorter steerer, I now am not using any spacers, so my bars are now approx 25mm lower than they were before.

My reach to the bars feels fine on the tops, in the drops, or on the hoods. In fact I think it feels better than before. The bad- I noticed almost right away that my neck started hurting just on a 45 min spin around here. I think its because of the lower bars, now I need to bend my neck more to look up and while in the drops I find it a bit difficult to look foward. I might be able to adjust and will be riding for at least 2 hrs this Sat to give it a try.

Any other ideas on how I could adjust for this? I am using a -10 degree stem so I suppose I could swap the stem for a 0 degree. I tried flipping the stem I have and decided it looks toooo stupid to even consider running it like that, and anyways that puts the bars too high.

If worse comes to worse I can go back to my old fork but if anyone has advice or comments.. let me know. thanks
Did you replace a steel fork?rwbadley
Jul 30, 2002 9:12 PM
Just curious. I think I would swap stems to achieve the same level and extension as what I may have been used to. Either that or try to get used to the new lower position. But...

I like a little higher bar, so I would probably bring them back up, we're not getting any younger??

Nah, just another CF fork...cyclejim
Jul 30, 2002 9:18 PM
I've sorta been leaning towards a higher position for a while now as I have never been super flexible and it usually works better for me that way. I wonder how much of a difference a 0 degree stem would make. I also calculated that my bars are nearly an entire inch lower now! yikes. The funny thing is my reach actually feels better this way, but my neck sure dont!
Roll your hips.Len J
Jul 31, 2002 4:28 AM
On the next ride, try rolling your hips forward while keeping your sit bones on the same spot on your saddle, which will flatten your back and take pressure off your neck. It will feel a little awkward at first & you will have to concentrate to do it, but it doues put you into a better position on the bike. Try it.

Jul 31, 2002 6:00 AM
I'll try that next time I ride and see how it feels.

here's a link to a possible solution...jose_Tex_mex
Jul 31, 2002 8:56 AM
Don't they make risers or extenders for this sort of thing? Check out this link and see if it would help.

Delta Threadless Stem Riser

It may not be the most elegant solution, but it works