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    Wink Handlebar and Stem queries

    Hey guys, I'm looking to get a new handlebar and was wondering if the one I'm going to get will fit the stem or help with the measurements.
    I have a Rockrider 5.3 2013

    This is the handle bar I'm looking to purchase http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00A...AC_SX110_SY165

    You reckon it would fit?

    And if not have you any advise on what type of stem I should get?

    Sorry for being such a n00b.

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    Loo at your current bar, if its skinny in the middle, it a 25.4, if its fat its a 31.6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastBanana View Post
    Loo at your current bar, if its skinny in the middle, it a 25.4, if its fat its a 31.6.

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    Yeah, it's wider in the middle.
    Thanks a lot man.


    Another quick question, is there much variety in stem sizes (the part that attaches to your fork) ?

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    A lot. Anywhere from 20mm to 150 or most. Most are roughly 90mm. You can measure this and mess with it for fit.

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    Ashley, there is a lot of variety in stem sizes. You'll need a stem that fits a 1-1/8" (28.6mm) steerer tube, and a 31.8mm handlebar. After that comes the trickiest part.

    Stems vary in length and angle of rise from the steerer tube. These differences determine how far the bar will be away from the steerer tube (length) and how high (or low) the bar will sit (angle).

    The average length stem these days is usually in the 90mm to 100mm length range, and usually less than 10 rise. Just looking at a picture of your bike, it looks to be about 100mm long and probably 6 to 8 rise. The stem usually has these numbers printed on it somewhere. Sometimes you have to take the handlebar off to see them inside of the part where the bar is mounted, or they may be printed elsewhere on the stem, and usually in very small letters.

    If you like the way your bike works and fits already, try to stick with the same length and angle that you currently have. Even small differences can be felt, and could affect how the bike handles. Bike fit is many times a series of compromises. You give up something to get something. Sometimes it's easy to give up one thing for something else you deem to be more important.

    If you want to experiment, I would for very cheap, or lightly used and cheap stems to try out to see if there is a different size stem that you prefer. Once you find the sweet spot you really like, then you can invest in a more expensive stem. If you have paid little for a stem, you can resell them and recoup much or most of what you spent on it. Some shops may even have some stems they will let you try to see if they work for you. Or a friend may have something you could try.

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