Reducing stem to 50mm?
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?
Last edited by TheNormsk; 12-08-2012 at 10:26 PM.
Stem length & cockpit setup is completely personal preference. I have tried quite a few different bar length and sweeps as well as different length / rise stems to come up w/ a combo that feels just right. I have also found that rotating bars make a big difference on how the bike "feels". Shorter stems usually speeds up the steering but gives less leverage. You will also shorten the cockpit.
Originally Posted by kerryn
Did u check ur seat position?
I rode with a short stem for a while, i found the answer was moving my seat forward and keeping the long stem. Was much much better for climbing
the shorter stem made the steering a bot more sensitive but not by much, but i noticed i felt disconnected from the movement of my front tire. the handling always felt wrong. 70-90mm stem is what i found best for XC riding.
Why not go to your LBS and see of they have a 50mm in their parts bin you could try out? That way you'll know immediately. Ditto on other sizes they may have.
Originally Posted by kerryn
Yep. I tweaked my saddle forward when I got the bar ends but now I plan to move it back 5mm.
Originally Posted by memi
I could go for the 60mm stem again but contemplating that a 50mm will give quicker steering.
Since you have the 60mm and it takes no time to swap put it on and see how that changes your steering..
That makes the most sense to me
Originally Posted by eb1888
I have the 50mm stem, which I flipped it, and it became 55mm stem. My bar is 720mm. I am still experiment with it. It ride good, my back does not hurt anymore, but uphills I need extra power to pull the front wheel. Downhill is great!
I don't have the 60mm anymore. That was swapped for the 70mm.
I'm confused about the comment flipping the stem. My 60 was a 0deg stem. My current 70 is a 6deg stem which I have flipped and installed as a -6deg stem. Ate you saying that this effectively lengthens the stem more?
If so I'll go with the 50 installed as -6deg.
Good idea but this time I don't want to try this with my shop.
Originally Posted by BruceBrown