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    How can I bring my handlebars closer?

    My current handlebars have a 20mm rise and my stem is 1 1/8 with 31.8 mm.
    what would be the next measurement down with my stem?
    I'd like to bring them in closer not down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    My current handlebars have a 20mm rise and my stem is 1 1/8 with 31.8 mm.
    what would be the next measurement down with my stem?
    I'd like to bring them in closer not down.
    You did not provide the stem length...only the steerer and handlebar clamp diameters

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    DH stem gets bars closest .

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72
    You did not provide the stem length...only the steerer and handlebar clamp diameters
    That's the only information i got from the specifications listed. I don't know what the stem length is. C'dale f5 08'

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    That's the only information i got from the specifications listed. I don't know what the stem length is. C'dale f5 08'
    Measure the length of your stem from the center of the steerer tube to the center of the handlebar clamp. Stem lengths are usually specified in millimeters.

    (It doesn't help that much to know the make, model, and year of your bike because different sized frames are frequently outfitted with different size stems.)

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    The length of the stem might be written on the stem, in very small print.

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    any numbers on the stem 8,9, 10 that might be the extension in cm.

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    the only numbers i see on the stem is 5 ~ 7N m

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    the only numbers i see on the stem is 5 ~ 7N m
    That's the torque specification. (It tells you how much to tighten the bolts.)

    It'll be quicker to just measure it.

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    ok, from center to center it's 4 inches.
    that's measuring center to center which i measured hex nut to center of the steering clamp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roc865
    ok, from center to center it's 4 inches.
    that's measuring center to center which i measured hex nut to center of the steering clamp.
    Your stem sounds like it is a 100mm length stem but it would be best to remove it and look for the length and rise stamped somewhere on it (on the inside maybe).

    Stems come many lengths. The shorter you go the more the bars move towards you. Next common size down is 90mm.

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    just bring your bike to the local bike shop , that has a pretty good stock of med to top end stems and hold some up against your stem it should be easy to tell if the new one is shorter,it sounds like you're looking for a significant change,but stick to -one cm two tops,that and maybe a spacer or if the new stem has some rise,huge difference.

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    many LBS have a box of older stems which they may let you try possibly for a fee or free. Once you find out what you like best I would go that route. When one changes from a around a 4" stem to 1" stem, the stearing of the bike can change drastically.

    A nice free trick for getting a bit close to your handlebars is to adjust the seat foward a bit.

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