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Spacers or Flipped stem...?(8 posts)

Spacers or Flipped stem...?koala
Dec 12, 2002 1:57 PM
I personally cant stand a severe angle on my stem so I run spacers. What do those of you do who have to decide between the two?
I go for the angled stem......RickC5
Dec 12, 2002 2:15 PM
rather than spacers. As I've said before, I like my bars level with my seat, which usually means an angled stem.

IMHO, using a big stack of spacers looks wierd, like no one wanted to bother to do the job correctly.

But why not just do whatever makes you happy? That's what I do.
Dec 12, 2002 2:20 PM
Road bike:
spacers and 90 degree stem

Cross bike:
spacers and 17 degree rise stem
It is all vanity!!!!!Lazywriter
Dec 12, 2002 2:24 PM
On your part if you don't like the rising stem. I flipped mine to lose the unsupported steerer to increase reduce any flex whatsoever. Look at 99% of all Seven frames that tout perfection in the fitting process. They all (almost) have rising stems.
Functionally, no spacers is the desirable set up. If for pure vanity, you cannot accept it, then go with spacers. I flopped my stem and have no spacers under the stem which I feel makes a difference in the front end. If you have 25mm plus, you may feel flex if you are a big lumbering oaf like me.
Dec 12, 2002 4:26 PM
Spacers? What are those for? Why would you flip your stem? I don't get it...

Huh?bianchi boy
Dec 12, 2002 7:47 PM
With threadless forks/stems, the only way to raise your handlebars is to put spacers between the headset and stem and/or install a stem that rises (or angles upward). With the older, traditional quill (or threaded) stems, you merely loosened the bolt on top of the stem and then moved it up or down to adjust handlebar height.

I used to dislike the look of riser stems, but they are growing on me as I get used to them. Most new bikes are being built with threadless forks/stems these days, so you have to use spacers and riser stems if you prefer to ride with your handlebars higher. On a classic lugged steel frame, the old-style quill stem still looks best to me. But I like the appearance of many new tig-welded frames with threadless forks and riser stems. Take a look at the Steelman web site for some very nice bikes with riser stems -- to me they are some of the nicest looking frames being made now.
Dec 13, 2002 3:22 PM
Sorry, I guess I didn't make the "j/k" in my post prominent enough. I know that they are but I was just playing dumb as to make fun of some people's addtitudes towards spacers and riser stems.
re: Spacers or Flipped stem...?MR_GRUMPY
Dec 12, 2002 8:35 PM
If you have the correct size frame, you shouldn't need more than 5mm of spacers. If you have an all carbon fork, keep it to 15mm max and either use a 90 deg stem or flip your stem. One my teammates discovered a crack in his stearer after using about 25mm of spacers. That coulda hurt. On my new frame, I went threadless, with no spacers and a -6 degree stem. That gave me about 4 inches of drop between the seat and the bars. If you want the bars higher compared to the seat, get a bigger frame with a shorter top tube. Yes, I know that it doesn't look as "cool", but if you're not racing, who are you trying to impress.