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    Idea! find the degree of rise on my stem

    I used an angle finder on my stem to find the degree of rise. The numbers are pointed at 20, 70 & 110. If this works, which number is the correct rise? (long vertical arm of angle finder is parallel to steerer tube... short arm of angle finder is parallel to “nose” of stem). I'm sure you experienced bikers can tell the degree of rise on my stem by just looking at the pics. Thank you
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    It's from horizontal. i.e., 20 degrees.

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