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    Stem Recommendation For My Cannondale?

    Hi guys,

    See my bike and specs in my signature if you are kind enough to help.

    I need to get some weight off my hands. I think I am too far over.
    It has been suggested I make the adjustment with a stem. Seat height or front to rear position does not help. They are fitted pretty good as that goes but I did experiment to see and returned them to their original positions.



    Can I get a suggested vendor and type that is not the super high dollar tech big time Bling Thing. Just a comparable to OE but higher to sit me up some.

    Mine is a Cannondale XC3 1.5. I hope I don't need the part that goes through the head.

    And how much of a degree in rise will it equal to in inches?

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    Usually, riders rarely pull out the slide rule to calculate stem angle to bar rise.

    Most stems are about 5 degrees of rise, and the next higher is 15 degrees.

    And getting the same length stem but in a higher rise will NOT bring the bars closer. Stem length is measure on a parallel line to the ground, not from bar to steerer.

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    Thanks, This is why I ask because I do not know. So higher will not relieve any of the weight I am putting on the bars?

    Thanks

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    Oh, it will be an improvement. I looked at your picture, and your bars are just above the saddle.

    Raising the bars will take pressure off your back, but you might also want a shorter stem as well.

    Hard to say over the web because you could change your handling with too drastic of a stem change.

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