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    Stem Q

    I just built a fs ride for am / minor DH . I find myself to hunched over puting more body wieght over my front wheel, riding on rocky terrain my current stem is a 100 mm 6 deg. My arms Are fully extended , so should I get a stem that is shorter with more deg rise or a longer stem with more deg rise ?
    Thank you for advice.

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    You mean you have to hunch over to keep weight on the front or you riding position feels hunched over. A 100 mm stem is considered by many to be very long for an AM/DH rig. Everything is personal preference, but if you feel overextended I would shorten up the stem a bit. I think you will also see that a shorter stem will make the bike feel more stable and lively when things get technical and start going down.

    There are a ton of threads on here about the AM movement to shorter stems and wider bars.
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    you need a shorter stem, if you like the height your bars are at stick with more or less the same rise.

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    I feel hunched over period. And rocky terrain isnt helping. What is the norm you all use. I have a wide lowriser bar , but the stem seems to all rong.

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    I switched from a ~80mm stem to a 50mm, and it made a lot of difference. Going down is a lot better. Amazing what 30mm did for the handling and my positioning on the bike. It does make the steering a bit more wandery ion the climbs, but the steering feels much more accurate and responsive with less need to actually turn the bars as much. Oh, and with a short stem, it's advisable to have a nice and wide set of bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C.M.S
    I feel hunched over period. And rocky terrain isnt helping. What is the norm you all use. I have a wide lowriser bar , but the stem seems to all rong.
    You'll just have to try some. I went from 100 to 90 and now 70. If I were you I'd try lan 80 and go down from there. You want to make a pretty big change, but not drastic. You may need to buy a couple of stems or see if your LBS will loan you some. Truvativ aka's can be bought for $25-$30 on ebay. Once you make a swap, give it some time before you decide if you like it or not. It will be much different or even weird at first, especially if your background is mainly xc.
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    What about the deg of the stem. Mine is6 deg.

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    What brand is a no brainer su.
    re thing . I have a easton ea 50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.M.S
    What about the deg of the stem. Mine is6 deg.
    A higher degree will make you sit more upright, but I would stay with about the same rise and just shorten it up, See what that does for you. 6 degree rise is what I have and that light of a rise feels good to me.
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    you should never run anything longer than a 50mm stem . only longer for you xc types.

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    Just thinking out loud, but say to have the same amount of rise, a 50mm stem would needs to be 12 degree compared to a 100mm 5 degree stem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaizer
    Just thinking out loud, but say to have the same amount of rise, a 50mm stem would needs to be 12 degree compared to a 100mm 5 degree stem?
    That what im thinking , dosnt a shorter stem need a a bit higher deg to prop you up ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.M.S
    That what im thinking , dosnt a shorter stem need a a bit higher deg to prop you up ?
    not really, again is all about personal preference, if you ride such rocky terrain, try a riser bar + a short stem....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaizer
    Just thinking out loud, but say to have the same amount of rise, a 50mm stem would needs to be 12 degree compared to a 100mm 5 degree stem?

    yes, but we dont need you clutering up mtbr with your fancy math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunt pimp
    you should never run anything longer than a 50mm stem . only longer for you xc types.
    sure.


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