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  1. #1
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    Sep 2007

    Short or tall headset, spacers

    Hi there,

    I am looking at a used Pace fork, which has a steerer tube of 21.5cm.

    Looking at an XL frame, I calculate:
    14.5cm steerer tube
    0.8 or 1.6cm for IS-2 headset (short versus tall)
    4cm for the stem (correct?)

    My questions
    - Are there pros and cons about using short or tall headsets?
    - According to my calcuations, I would have between 1.4 - 2.2cm for spacers to work with - is that correct or am I missing something?

    Thanks for your help and best,


  2. #2
    Founder: Dirty3hirties
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    Jul 2004
    Using the max heights of the headset, I calculate a total of 20.1 cm which would give you a min steerer tube extension of 1.4 cm. THere's nothign else you need to calculate if you're not sure if the steerer tube on the Pace fork will be long enough however, I run about 2.5cm of spacers beneath my stem (but I have the IS2 which is "short") . Of course, this is personal preference in terms of how high up your want the handlebars to be. This puts my handlebar at roughly saddle height. I have a 1" rise handlebar and a 5 degree, 90 mm stem. Changes in those would affect the height of course. But I would say that you should have plenty of room to adjust handlebar height with the 21.5 CM Pace....that is unless you wanna ride the Ibis chopper style

  3. #3
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    I am using the cane creek solos with the tall spacer that is included. system is 94 grams

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