Just wanted to introduce myself and say how helpful this forum has been for me recently.
I'm getting back into mountain biking after a long break. In the process, I started fixing up my old CrMo RockHopper only to find that the chainstays were cracked with rust inside.
I was at a LBS and I found a '99 Procaliber for a pretty decent price, so now I'm riding a GF!
Sorry for the blurry pic, but you get the idea.
Anyway, I've been enjoying it so far, but I'm still definitely getting used to the Genesis geometry. I am also wondering if the stem on it isn't a bit too long and/or flat for me. When I'm riding it feels like I'm constantly trying to accelerate/attack. I suppose that is the point of a competition bike, but sometimes I want to take it a bit easier. Any thoughts on how a shorter and/or more angled stem might affect handling and general feel?
I also noticed that it feels like I have a harder time getting the front wheel off the ground or hopping the bike around than I did on my RockHopper. Could this be related to the long reach it has with that flat stem? My thought is just that I'm not 'on top' of the bars enough to really flick it around.
Edit: stem photo:
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