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    What stem length on HD?

    Okay so I've had my HD now for 4 months and am loving it. One thing I'm thinking of changing though is the stem length. Currently got an 80mm and thinking of going down to 60mm to try and pick up better control over the front. I'm 5'10" and ride a large HD with Talas 160 fork.

    What do other HD riders think?

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    80mm

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    This is a personal item and only you can answer your question. Maybe stop by a bike shop and ask if they have some stems to try for fitting purposes. I would start with that and see what works for you.

    If it helps, I'm a 5'8" ish w/ a long torson (Med Bike). I settled on a 65mm stem (711mm bars).

    Cheers!

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    6'2" rider, XL frame, 740 mm bars, 65mm stem. it is all personal preference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlsTrance View Post
    Okay so I've had my HD now for 4 months and am loving it. One thing I'm thinking of changing though is the stem length. Currently got an 80mm and thinking of going down to 60mm to try and pick up better control over the front. I'm 5'10" and ride a large HD with Talas 160 fork.

    What do other HD riders think?
    Im 5'11.5" and use a 70mm stem with a 720mm handlebar. Average torso, arms and legs and it fits me perfect.

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    I ride a 70mm stem and a setback seatpost (Specialized Command Post Blacklite) and a 710mm bar. I'm 5'10.5" on a large HD. I prefer the control and stability of a short stem for descending, but the cockpit would have been too cramped without a setback post too.

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    Got a 70 on mine.
    Ran a 60 for a long time, then a 45 for a short time, 80 for a short time.
    70 just seems to be the magic number for me.
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    Cool thanks guys. I know it's a personal thing but if I can get enough stats I might be able to save some $ by buying close enough to the right length. I might aim for a 70.

    On a side note, given stem length seems to be one of the most common tuning parts why doesn't someone invent a 2-part threaded stem where the length could be adjusted by threading in or out one of the parts?

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    I would try and find a good LBS who will let you buy one size and ride, and if still in mint condition and another size required swap for you at no charge.

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    Personally, I'd go 50mm on a L at 5'10". I'm a straight average 5'10" person on a Med and run a 70mm and I wouldn't go longer just from a handling perspective. I also wouldn't run less than a 720mm wide bar. Bike's not meant to be a XC bike. Shorter stems encourage the rider to get more forward on the downhills and that gets the most out of the front wheel in cornering, while reducing the general risk of going OTB.

    To each there own though.

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    ^^^ Agree

    5'10" on a Med with 65mm feels OK. Wouldn't like much longer. On a large I think 50mm would be good. Sometimes wish I got a large. . .

    Easton Carbon Havocs are pretty decent and about 750mm. Don't think I could go narrower than 740 or so.

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    5'11" average proportions, with a 70mm stem and 27" bars on a Large is what i found to work best for me after trying a 70, 80 and 50mm

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