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    How can I run a 60mm stem with a lefty?

    So I've had my Rize (old 130) model for coming up to 2 years. I would like to keep my Lefty (great fork) but find a way to run a 60 or 70mm stem on it. For two reasons 1) to shorten the reach a bit, it is a little long and places too much weight on my hands 2) to improve the handling (I run 60mm on my all mountain and dh bikes and the difference is massive, even 10mm can make a difference!).

    Am currently running a 90mm XC3 SI stem. Its the XL model, which has a 1" longer head tube than the other models.

    Can it be done?

    What parts do I need?

    btw I don't care if I have to remove the stem to reset bearings, its not a big deal.

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    Get a new stem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssc280
    Get a new stem?
    Cannondale don't make a 60mm XC3 SI stem (integrated stem / steerer), at least not that I know of

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zodiac
    Cannondale don't make a 60mm XC3 SI stem (integrated stem / steerer), at least not that I know of
    I've only ever messed around with the stem on a Rush or Scalpel, I'm really not familiar with the Rize.

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    So you have a one piece stem/steerer currently? Just get the separate steerer, then you can find a shorter stem than the XC3 integrated stem/steerer is available in...

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    i tried a 80 mm stem in a M size fame

    did not fit : the bar touched fork head

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    But with a XL and the longer headtube, the Lefty's head should be a bit lower relative to the stem no?

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    but Lefty clamps are in the XL version too ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zodiac

    btw I don't care if I have to remove the stem to reset bearings, its not a big deal.

    no , you don't care about stem in the needle bearings reset

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    Quote Originally Posted by eliflap
    no , you don't care about stem in the needle bearings reset
    You do if running a short stem on an XL head tube puts the bars directly over the fork top cap.

    Like Dan said, get the seperate steerer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gerous
    So you have a one piece stem/steerer currently? Just get the separate steerer, then you can find a shorter stem than the XC3 integrated stem/steerer is available in...
    Yes I have the integrated one piece stem/steerer.

    On the XL the top of the fork is about level with the top of the head tube so I should be able to run a shorter stem with no problem.

    If I get the separate steerer (what part # is this?) who can I get a shorter stem from? Isn't it a strange cannondale lefty size?

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    help!

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    bump surely someone can help me understand if this is possible. I can't find any cannondale size steerer stems under 80mm.

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    Maybe run it with a Project 321 steerer and a 1.5-to-1.125 headset???...then you could run any normal stem as long as it clears the top of the lefty.

    http://www.project321.com/bikeadapters.php
    http://www.canecreek.com/component-h...browse=tapered
    whatever...

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    Perhaps you need a smaller frame. Not trying to whiz in your Cheerios, but Cannondale geometry seems to run longer stems than other brands, who use longer top tubes and short stems, at least on their XC/Trail-oriented bikes.

    Regardless, running a really short stem on an XC bike is likely to make the bike handle wonky...it's normal on downhill/big hit bikes, whose geometry is designed for a super shorty stem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zodiac
    help!
    This would allow you to use any 1.125" stem on the market.
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