When I first got my Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc it came with a 60mm stem. That felt weird coming from a XC rig with a 100mm stem and I felt like a couldn't get forward enough on climbs so I swapped it out for a 70mm stem.
That was a lot better until I then changed my grips to Ergon GS3 grips for the bar ends. I like these but since then I feel like the bar is too far forward.
I see two things going on here:
1) I've got used to a shorter cockpit and
2) with the bar ends I now use these for the climbs and getting my weight up front so the bar for regular trail riding can be further back.
I'm thinking of dialing it back and getting a Syntace Megaforce 2 50mm stem (I currently have the same version in 70mm).
My question is this. What will a stem reduction of 20mm do to the handling of the bike? My other option is to go back to 60mm but I'm thinking that now I'm used to 29ers and that I have the bar ends for reach when I need them that 50mm could be could. By the way my bars are 720mm in length.
Wide bars, short stem, way to go right?
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