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    Riser stem opinions

    I have an 06 specialized epic. I would like to raise my bars a couple inches. just wondering if the riser adapters that fit over the existing tube work well or if i would be better off going with a stem with more angle and bars with a rise. Any input greatly appreaciated.
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    What bars do you have now and what degree rise of stem is also on it?
    How long is the stem too?

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    Its the stock setup for an 06 epic marathon. Not sure the degree but has carbon flat bars and a very short top tube. Its made for XC racing but i dont like the low stance. I want to raise the bars. Didnt know if the top tube extender piece works well for rough hard riding
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    I'm going to assume that you have flat bars with an 8 degree rise. In that case I would go with a nice set of 2" riser bars. I'll also assume you have all the spacers under the stem already. I like my stems to be around 8-10 degrees in rise and no more than that. That is just what "I" like though. BlueSky Cycle has a few nice bars on sale till the end of the month that I would check out if I were you. I think Low rise is 1" and high rise is 2".
    When it comes to bars and stems there are so many options that I try to stay away from any kind of adapter if I can. It seems the most simple way to go is just the riser to me.

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    Ya I think that would probably be the sturdiest and safest way to do it. Thanks ill check out that site.
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    The stems are also on sale there. I went from my stock riser bars to flat Truvativ bars and stem to save me some weight and to help me climb a little better. Usually a XC stem is longer and a short stem is for All mountain riding. If you don't mind the short stem then you can throw a set of 31.8mm 2" rise bars on there and be good to go. A short stem is better for decending if you do alot of that. A longer stem will help in climbing if you do alot of that. I guess it depends on the kind of trails you ride on the most though. Since you have flat bars then you don't need any adapter IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRacer13
    Ya I think that would probably be the sturdiest and safest way to do it. Thanks ill check out that site.
    Yeah, the bars on there are $20 or less. I got Truvativ Stylo World Cup's for less than $20 I think.
    The High Rise bars won't be as light as Carbon but if you're not a weight wienie than it won't matter! I trust a good alloy bar more than Carbon when it comes to my bars and stems. Carbon bars and stems just scare me. Plus they're not as stiff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRacer13
    Its the stock setup for an 06 epic marathon. Not sure the degree but has carbon flat bars and a very short top tube. Its made for XC racing but i dont like the low stance. I want to raise the bars. Didnt know if the top tube extender piece works well for rough hard riding
    You are better off using a stem with more rise and/or a riser bar.

    An XC bike with a very short TT sounds more like you have a too small bike.
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