I just bought a montague paratrooper that came with a XCT fork w/80mm travel. I have a XCR /w 100mm travel and remote lockout from another bike that I really like that I installed on the new paratrooper.
But the problem is the steering tube(7.7") on the XCR is about 0.7" shorter than that of the XCT (8.4") . I look and feel like the XCR is too short for this bike. The handlebar is too low to ride comfortably. I know I can change to a stem with large angle to raise the handlebar. But then I probably need to change the stem length as well since the larger angle would bring the handlebar too close. It seems like doing this would open the door to other problems.
My real question is: Is there a minimum length/height that the steering tube should rise above the top headset bearing? My XCR tube only 1.8" above the top headset bearing.
I hope someone with related experience would kindly shed some light on this topic. Thanks a lot!
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