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    Bar and Stem combo for AM riding?

    I'm going to a shorter 50mm stem and wider 720mm bars on my Yelli set up, I think it's the only thing that could make the bike handle better on the steep stuff. It already corners so quickly I'm a little worried that it will be twitchy with the shorter stem, hence the slightly wider bar.

    The biggest area where I want to make improvements with my riding is the steep DH sections. I figure I can keep my "XC" set up for any time I plan a longer ride involving gravel road pedaling and racing.

    Posting this here since I trust the feedback of another Canfield rider. Thanks for any opinions.

    While I'm at it, I've considered going to a 140 mm fork on the Yelli. Would love any opinions of Yelli riders who may have ridden a 120 v. 140 on the bike! Overforking my last 29er made it feel like crap but I know the Yelli can go to 140 no prob.
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    I run a setup with a 140mm fork + 45mm stem + 777mm (spank 777) bars and love it. But I will warn you that with the slack seat tube angle (as in your weight is pretty far back) keeping the front wheel down on steep climbs is a challenge. I also am a Clyde so when I am sitting on the bike it pretty much acts like a 120mm fork with the sag.

    For me, my biggest challenge for AM was finding a wheelset which would not break or go out of true after each ride. I ended up having to build a custom set with Velocity P-35 rims on hadley hubs + DTSwiss Alpine3 DH racing spokes and Specialized Purgatory 2.4/2.2" tubeless setup.

    For drive train I run a 3x10 setup which was a challenge to get installed properly on the frame as well as suffering occasional chain sucks.
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    I run:
    RaceFace Turbine 90mm +/-6 stem
    RaceFace Turbine 3/4" riser bar 720mm

    The Raceface Turbine line of products seemed to be the best choice based on price/weight/color options.

    Step is flipped down in the -6 position for FL riding (where I live). When I go up north to GA NC, I just flipped the step to the +6. This setup has worked perfect.

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    I am running bars and stem from Loaded USA - 710mm AmXc low-rise bar and 45mm AmX stem. I started running wider bars a few years ago on previous bikes and have loved it in all situations. Some folks run really really wide bars but on the trails around me there are a few tree gaps that I judge to be about 715mm wide. I do think it's a good idea to shorten the stem a little to match.

    What are you running now?

    On the fork side of things I've got a Fox Float 34 150mm and it's fun. The increased A-C of the 34 model makes it close to the length that a normal 160mm would be. I am thinking I'll drop it (internally) to 140 or 130 after a Pisgah trip in a few weeks. Very steep climbs are a challenge...

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    Quote Originally Posted by blawson View Post
    I am running bars and stem from Loaded USA - 710mm AmXc low-rise bar and 45mm AmX stem. I started running wider bars a few years ago on previous bikes and have loved it in all situations. Some folks run really really wide bars but on the trails around me there are a few tree gaps that I judge to be about 715mm wide. I do think it's a good idea to shorten the stem a little to match.

    What are you running now?

    On the fork side of things I've got a Fox Float 34 150mm and it's fun. The increased A-C of the 34 model makes it close to the length that a normal 160mm would be. I am thinking I'll drop it (internally) to 140 or 130 after a Pisgah trip in a few weeks. Very steep climbs are a challenge...
    I'm running some take off pieces from an old bike: bontrager 90mm 6 degree rise and a bontrager RXL bar 690mm wide. I'm less inclined to go to a wider bar but very open to the shorty stem.

    The Raceface Turbine line of products seemed to be the best choice based on price/weight/color options.
    Yeah I was actually looking at Raceface. I'm such a carbon bar dork that I would go with the Next bar and either an Atlas or Turbine stem...

    or I will stay local and just go Thomson. Honestly I was leaning towards putting a little color on the bike and the new Race Face stuff (even the cranks) look pretty nice.
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    Nice bikes deserve nice parts (if you can afford them). I have a Chromag 70mm stem and 730mm Acute riser bar on my N9. About the same $$ as Thomson or a little less if you shop around some.

    There's nothing twitchy about it IMO, it works perfectly for me. Chromag parts come in colors too since you mentioned adding some color.
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    I'm running 720mm RF Next bars with the 45mm Thomson stem. Perfect for XC + AM. The One is setup somewhat similarly except has 780 RF bars.

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    i'm 6'3, 285lbs.. on a xl yelli. running a spank 35mm (IIRC) stem w/ 740mm whisky carbon riser bar.

    climbs like a goat out of the saddle and feels amazing going down. highly recommend the wide bars/short stem combo

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    I run a 140mm fork on my Yelli. 700 mm low rise bars & no spacers under the 70mm stem. We have some pretty steep climbs here and I have no issues keeping the front end down sitting or standing. I get my nose out over the stem & spin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffw-13 View Post
    I run a 140mm fork on my Yelli. 700 mm low rise bars & no spacers under the 70mm stem. We have some pretty steep climbs here and I have no issues keeping the front end down sitting or standing. I get my nose out over the stem & spin.
    I went from 100mm to 140mm and it totally transformed the bike. Big fan.

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    Just saw this, posted in your other thread. I am 5'10" on a large Yelli. I run a RF 50mm Atlas stem with RF 700mm flat bars. Working well so far. The front stays planted when I want it there and I have no problems shifting my weight out over the wheel.

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