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Stem angle question(5 posts)

Stem angle questionmakalu
Mar 17, 2003 8:05 AM
Hi all,

As I am pretty new to the road scene, please excuse my 'wet behind the ears' type questions.

I just got my new bike, and in comparison to some of the ones I see on this page, the angle of the stem up looks much more pronounced on my bike. Whats the advantage/disadvantage to a flat stem rise?

Also, if I tried a flat stem on my bike, I would be reaching WAY to far. DO you guys buy smaller size frames to compensate for the increase reach?

re: Stem angle questionNessism
Mar 17, 2003 9:58 AM
As the stem angles upward from horizontal, the effective reach becomes shorter and the height difference between the bars and stem is reduced. For people complaining about how their bars are too far away and too low, switching to a rising stem (or flip floping their current stem) can help.

Some people like the way a low rise stem looks. You are going to have to make up your own mind about this though.

Mar 17, 2003 10:12 AM
So if a no-rise stem increases reach to the bars, to run a no-rise, would you need to buy a smaller frame size with shorter TT?
how about a shorter stem?the bull
Mar 17, 2003 10:25 AM
Fine tune your bike with the stem not the frame!
Mar 17, 2003 11:34 AM
Knew there was a logical answer. I am not planning on doing this, but I was just curious.