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Thread: Shorter Stem?

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    Shorter Stem?

    I read on another post that stated that a short stem helps get your weight off of the front. I was wondering how much it helps on drops and jumps and such. But I was also wondering what the effects would be to the XC aspect of the bike. Would it still be easy to climb, would it feel squirrley on just a cruiser single track. Would there be many ill effects of a shorter stem?

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    Jan 2004
    a shorter stem will speed up your steering, which is nice if you ride slack angles. i find my front end "wanders" a bit more on climbs with the short stem (50mm vs. 100mm is what i have), but not really bad. it helps the drops and the jumps immensely, super control and body position vs. a longer stem.

    it never feels squirrely, it's very very easy to adapt your riding style to a stem change or bar change.
    what would rainbow unicorn do?

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