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    Best Stem/Bar for lighter, snappy steering??

    Any suggestions? This will be for a GF HiFi Deluxe (2009). Thanks in advance.

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    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...felt+Stem.aspx

    Pretty much any bar used with this stem will be snappy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlackey49
    Any suggestions? This will be for a GF HiFi Deluxe (2009). Thanks in advance.
    The HiFi uses the Big Sweep bar stock which is 640mm wide and has a 12 degree sweep. If you went to a narrower bar (say a 580mm) with a 3 or 5 degree sweep, you could also go with a 10-20mm shorter stem without affecting your reach. This would quicken up your steering quite a bit.

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    Short stem and / or narrower bar. Brand does not matter.
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    Something is amiss if you need to make a G2 bike have 'lighter' steering. Maybe you have something loose (headset or QR for the hub) or you've got some wheel flex going on. What pressure are you running in your fork and front tire?
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    Here's an easy and cheap fix.

    If your happy with your reach, just cut 1/2 inch off your bar ends. If you still want quicker, cut off some more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlackey49
    Any suggestions? This will be for a GF HiFi Deluxe (2009). Thanks in advance.
    Just experiment with your bar width and pick up a few stems of varying lengths. It never hurts to have 3 or 4 stems of different lengths in the parts bin so you can swap out at will for your needs and or multiple bikes. Flip them and flop them at will to find what works and feels the snappiest to you.

    As others have mentioned, the more sweep your bars have, the longer the stem will need to grow and the other way around as your bars get narrower and or have less sweep. So it's hard to say that bar X and stem X = the best stem/bar for lighter, snappy steering. It all depends on the rider and the combination being used.

    Front tire size can also blend into the mix when it comes to tight maneuvering turns. I've found the nod goes to lower volume tires for the snappiest, lightest turning - with 1.9 - 2.1's being the sweet spot when compared to the larger meat front tires. Again, it depends on terrain, rider skill, rider preference, etc... .

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    How about these?

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