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    Longer Stem or Flat (Lower) Bar?

    Thanks to this forum, I've learned a lot...I need more knowledge guys :

    Problem: Fantom Pro 29 front wheel comes off the ground while peddling up steep hills.

    I left the fork at 80mm travel. I have a 17" frame with a good standover, but I realize the Top Tube may be a little short. My question is do I want a longer stem (110mm, I think stock is 100)...Do I want a flat bar...or do I want to flip the 100mm stem to negative angle?

    I know I need to get weight on the front, I just don't know what the preferred method is.

    Thanks!

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    I would vote for a longer stem, and a seat with longer nose, like Fizik Arione so you can slide a bit forward when needed.

    I found it is easier for me to clear climbs if I bring elbows closer inside and drop them a bit down.. I have no idea if it is proper technique, but that's what get's me over the top...

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    I would also vote for the longer stem. You may also want to try a 120mm..
    It's only pain......

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    Save money and flip your stem first...THEN spend on a new stem. You'll notice a slight difference in handling if you go longer.

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    Thanks for the input. What I did was drop the stem on the steerer tube 10mm (the two 5mm spacers are on top) and I rotated the (.5"?) riser bar, forward, so the bend is straight up instead of a 45* angle toward my shoulders.. My bar is exactly 1" higher than the seat in this position and everything still feels good. A quick test on a backyard hill had the front end feeling planted. I'll fully test it later today.

    Thanks,

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