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    Stem Length and Angle Question

    I want to go from a 100mm 8 degree stem to an 80mm stem. Using the online calculator I would need a 15d stem to keep about the same height. If my goal is to make my bike more "trail" and less xc, do I want to keep the same height? btw if I went with a 80mm 10d stem I would be 7mm lower than I am currently.

    A lot of the posts I see about changing stems only refer to the length. Is the angle not very important? Thanks.

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    It's not so much that the angle isn't important more that your options are limited. They also are less effective as the stem length decreases.

    How does your bike fit with a 100mm vs an 80? That's where you start.

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    ffc3, I found I had to raise the angle of the stem when I started riding more all mountain vs xc it is easier to lift the front wheel when crossing logs or riding through rock gardens and I had more control on the descents riding through rocks and jumping off water bars. With my old stem it had a 6 degree rise x100 mm climbed great but was uncomfortable riding rougher trails always felt like I was ready to be pitched over the bars in technical sections now I have a 17 degree stem x 120mm works way better for me.

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