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    Stems...

    Lookin to do some upgrading on my iggy super, and after demoing a mongoose nugget, i have the desire to switch to a shorter stem. The stem that i currently have on my ride is the truvativ XR riser stem (120mm) and sometimes it feels sorta akward when i am doing jumps or drops. So i was thinking about decreasing my stem to a 90mm gravity gap os. So would this solve my problem ? and are there any positves/negitives to doing this? i would think about buying an even smaller stem, but i am afraid that the bike wouldnt fit the same, and my performance would suffer when i am XC riding. so i figure a 90mm stem might offer the best of both worlds... any opinions?
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    I went with the 70. Not sure if you seen the price at mikesbikes

    http://mikesbikes.com/itemdetails.cfm?LibID=37523

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    punch in what you have right now... guesstimate where you want the bars to be and play with the numbers till you get it about where you want it, buy a cheap stem and try it out and adjust from there...

    http://alex.phred.org/stemchart/Default.aspx

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    Stems

    My 07' Giant Trance 2 came with a 105mm stem and I felt stretched out when riding. I wanted to feel a little more upright over the handlebars and dropped down to a 90mm stem. My bike and riding feel a lot better overall now that the bars are closer. It's similiar to my old BMX 24" cruiser (but not quite). But it's all a matter of personal preference.

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    I use a 60mm. I think any longer it would put me to far up on the bike.
    Last edited by lou_b_83; 02-18-2009 at 04:28 PM.

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    My bike had a 90 mm stem, I dropped to a 65 mm feels much better for drops and jumps. Feels almost perfect on small drops and down hills. I may go shorter to a 30 mm.
    It's really like he said, personal taste.

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    When I built up my Iggy, I started with a 90mm stem on a 20" frame. I dropped down to a 65mm and like that alot.
    It really depends on how you need the bike to fit you and how you ride it. 80 or 90 would be a good starting point.
    I've swapped to shorter stems on all of my bikes. Even my commuter. I have 2 50mm stems, a 60mm and a 65mm. If you are leaning more towards the XC side of things I'd stay in the 80-90 range.
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    I just put a 65mm stem on my bike from a 90mm. I can still climb just as well if not better now because i can pull my front end up easier to clear obstacles. I was always sliding forward on my seat is the reason i went shorter.

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    I am not familiar with a iggy super, but a 90 mm stem would be a great stem to try. A 120mm stem is very cross-country and would be considered huge for a AM bike. I would recommend you try the 90mm for a while and if you like that then move to a 70mm, but to go from a 120mm to a 70mm would be too big a jump.

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    Personally, I ride a 50 inch zero rise stem with a 2 inch riser bar on my trail bike. It's all about personal preference though. These kind of things are very subjective. I may lose a little something in the uphills but I didn't ride my longer stem long enough to know one way or the other. It feels awesome on the downhills though, stable and very confidence-inspiring. Plus it just looks freaking cool.
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    thanks for the help you guys! please keep the opinions comin
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