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    Swapping Stems on the Stache

    I'm new to MTB, and I just got my Stache 7. I really like the bike, but I feel like I'm reaching just a little too far for the handle bars. I was wondering if anyone has swapped Stems on the Stache, and would like your opinions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by V8Interceptor View Post
    I'm new to MTB, and I just got my Stache 7. I really like the bike, but I feel like I'm reaching just a little too far for the handle bars. I was wondering if anyone has swapped Stems on the Stache, and would like your opinions.
    I had a 2014 Stache 7 I sold to get my Fuel EX (That was a mistake by the way, the price I got for it wasn't worth the fun I had with that bike and I'm looking for a new frame to build up now) I have a longer torso and shorter inseam, so I had the 17.5 inch and got a longer stem to make up for my reach. Do what you need to do to make the bike feel right, that's why they make stems of different lengths.

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    A large majority of Stache owners on mtbr have swapped out a shorter stem. I am personally running a 60mm stem on my Stache 8. Try out some other lengths... You can always go back to stock.
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    No problem swapping out stems to get the best fit for you.

    That said, keep in mind that the Stache is a 29er with a 120mm front fork, and a 68.6░ head angle (a tall front end with a relatively slack head tube angle, although the G2 helps). You need to be able to keep the front wheel weighted sufficiently while turning. Going too tall and/or too short can impact your ability to get enough weight onto the front wheel while turning.

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    I've nothing to add to what's been written [all good sound advice] but if you are slightly built the problem MAY be that the bar is too wide for you causing you to reach. Before you splash the cash on a stem get an experienced friend or your LBS to watch you ride.
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    I've put a short stem on my Cobia, not for fit, but for the handling characteristics of a shorter stem.
    But if it feels like the fit is wrong with the stock stem, buy a shorter one. It will probably improve the handling as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    I've put a short stem on my Cobia, not for fit, but for the handling characteristics of a shorter stem.
    But if it feels like the fit is wrong with the stock stem, buy a shorter one. It will probably improve the handling as well.
    That is right...the shorter stem improves handling, and that is the primary value over any other factor on a trail bike. That bike descends worlds better with a short stem.

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    What length is the stock 2015 Stache 8?

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    My 21" 2015 Stache 7 came with a 100mm stem.
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    Stache Stem Lenght

    I have a 19" Stache (5'11" tall) with a 70mm stem 740mm bars. Play with bar width. Take the caps off your lockon grips if you can and just move everything inward and see if that helps the feeling of being stretched out.
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    I have a 50mm stem and 750mm carbon 20mm rise bars on my Stache 7.

    On a 19 frame it's perfect.

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    Awesome thanks dudes

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    6'3 left it as stock
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    Swapping Stems on the Stache

    I'd go shorter stem long before I went narrower with the bars. Wide and short is where it's at! But I know it's preference so experiment first.


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    The guys at my local Trek LBS were really cool, and let me borrow a couple of stems to ride the trails. I ended up with a 70mm stem on my Stache. It seems like a perfect fit for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krigloch View Post
    What length is the stock 2015 Stache 8?
    90mm
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    Stock stem length is relative to frame size, my 2014 '6, 17.5 frame came with 80mm stem, got a 40mm renthal on now and it's perfect for me

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    I am 5'10" and the 17.5 felt way to short. I went with 19" and threw on the Renthal Apex stem I had laying around. Its a 50mm stem with 720mm Renthal Carbon bars

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    I'm thinking of going longer TBH.

    I am 6'0" on a 19, but I have long arms and ride more XC than AM.

    Stock stem i think is 90 MM.
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    Correct stock 19" comes with 90mm stem and 720 bars
    2015 Trek Stache 8 - Renthal carbon bars, Renthal apex 50mm, Xpedo Spry, Fox fit damper
    2014 Trek Slash 7- Renthal carbon bars, Renthal apex 40mm, xt brakes, raceface 32t cinch, 1 up 42, fox doss, Xpedo Spry

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    I swapped out the stock handlebar for a bontrager RXL Carbon Bar. I'd highly recommend this upgrade as it's a little lighter, but more importantly it absorbs some of the shock.
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