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Stem size does affect handling!(12 posts)

Stem size does affect handling!Kristin
Apr 21, 2003 8:33 AM
Okay, now, I know where you're going with that topic, but it's a sincere post. I want to put the argument to rest over whether or not stem length affect handling. It does! Of course, it seems silly that I'm even posting this. A basic understanding of engineering and math should make it obvious. Still, I've heard people argue that it doesn't affect anything. In fact, when I ordered my 60mm stem--which was not a mistake--I was absolutely assured that it would not affect the way the bike handled. Not true. I doubt the change will create any dangerous situations, but the front wheel reacts a little more quickly now, and the bike definately feels more "noodley" underneath me than it did before.

Okay, feel free to respond on or off topic. Whatever you like.
What LBS installed that stem?! You need etc etc.OldEdScott
Apr 21, 2003 8:38 AM
Apr 21, 2003 8:55 AM
Not only will shorter stems effect handling, but narrower bars will do the same thing.
So get out your 140 mm stem and your 46 cm bars.
Now you really have a twichy Italian race bike.
I thought short stem = twitchy?kenyee
Apr 21, 2003 10:45 AM
Long stems should give you more accuracy and slower handling, like the long handles on tripod heads w/ video cameras give you a nice smooth panning motion...
who said it didn't?gtx
Apr 21, 2003 9:00 AM
in general, you should aim for 9 - 13, with 10 - 12 being ideal for most bikes (unless your bike is very big or very small). Otherwise, you should be riding a different frame. IMO, 60mm is crazy short.
You are correct on all counts. 60 mm and 2 years grassoppa patience required. nmKristin
Apr 21, 2003 9:46 AM
re: Stem size does affect handling!No_sprint
Apr 21, 2003 9:18 AM
Yes it does. Furthermore, bikes have turning characteristics that are completely unaffected by stem size.
Since you encouraged free responses.dzrider
Apr 21, 2003 10:19 AM
Does handling effect stem size?
No, but they make a pill for thatKristin
Apr 21, 2003 11:02 AM
I get several emails a week from a Dr. who wants to sell me pills to increase my stem. Now I don't want to grow my stem, but if your interested I could forward the email's to you. What's your address? ;-P
Thanks for your generous offer.dzrider
Apr 21, 2003 11:09 AM
I went to a shorter stem a few years ago. Lighter, stiffer, more responsive.
How short (assuming we're really talking stems)? nmEug
Apr 21, 2003 11:13 AM
My frame is probably too big so I ordered a 60 mm stubbie.Eug
Apr 21, 2003 11:19 AM
My 54 cm (ct) might be ever so slightly too big.

After adjusting my seat a bit, my 85 mm stem might just be OK, but I ordered a 60 mm stem anyway just for kicks.

It should prove interesting...

Now to get those 165 mm cranks...