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    TB LTc stem length input needed....

    I'm in the process of building up a Tallboy LTc and have to decide on a stem length. The shortest stem I've ever used on any bike is an 80mm (on my current Tallboy) and while I like it just fine, it seems the standard nowadays is to go shorter. From looking at the LTC thread, mist people seem to go 50-60mm on their new bikes. The local dealer (Bike Bling) also has the shorter stems on all their TB inventory. I'm sure I'd guess used to it but my concern is sitting more upright than I'm used to and dealing with a wandering front end on those extended climbs.

    Any input?

    I'm 5-8, 31" inseam (so kind of average in that respect) and will ride pretty much anything but I'm past the days of doing drops more than 3-4 feet. I'll be on a medium frame with standard carbon Haven bars by Easton and a Fox 34 front fork.

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    I'm running a 80mm on my TB carbon - Love it !!! I'm 5'10 w 30 inseam. Running a 70mm on my TBLT carbon - Very Happy with it ... Great All Mountain setup ... Hope this helps.
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    I am also building a TB LTc and going with haven carbon bars and a haven 70mm stem with 0 rise for now because it is what I currently have. I will be trying a 50mm stem though. If you have an LBS that is willing to lend you some used stem, 70 and a 50, that would be great. Stem length is another personal thing. I am 5'7" , 29-30" inseam and was on a M TB. Hope it helps.

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    I have a large LTc, I am 6'. I am runny a 80mm stem.

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    I went from the stock 80mm that came with my bike to a 70mm. Wouldn't have thought 10mm would make much difference but it's certainly improved the overall handling and feel in the front. Hasn't negatively affected climbing at all. Would be interested to see what a 60mm stem feels like at some point.
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    Thanks for the replies. I'm going to go with the Easton Haven stem. Of course I was all set to split the difference and go with a 60mm but my options are 55 and 70mm in that model I'l probably go against **my own** conventional mindset and try the 55mm for starters.

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    Shouldn't stem length choice be based on bike fit and not some arbitrary preference for a certain length stem?
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