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  1. #1
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    How much steer tube above stem?

    I originally had about an inch of spacers under my stem. I have slowly been pushing the stem down to see how I'd do comfort wise, I generally prefer a more upright position. Well, now I have the stem all the way down to the HS, I think I'm OK leaving it there. Now I have 1.25" of spacers above the stem. I see a possible issue in a crash, but the way the bike geometry is and the rise in my bars, probably a low risk to get mangled on it. I'm not too worried about fork resale or swapping it to another bike. Not something that is likely to happen. Other than looking out of place, any other other thoughts on a maximum above stem height for the steer tube?

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    No you'll be fine. It'll be an aesthetic thing.

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    You can do it however you want. Once I have my cockpit dialed, I like two spacers on top of my stem.
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    Once you're fine with it and how it looks, then that's all that matters. Now if you told us that you had 2" above the stem, then I'd suggest cutting off at least an inch, as that could be quite dangerous. Me personally, I always leave my steerer tubes long, not for resale, because inevitably, I end up wanting to swap it to another bike that may have alonger HT and/or low stack height and might need to add spacers back under the stem. Another reason that can crop up is age and flexibility, as you get older and injured etc, you might just not be able to be comfortable where you were a few years ago in that aggressive XC position and hence, having some room to move the stem back up is nice.
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    I guess I will just leave it as is for now and see if any issues arise. It's been unusually warm in CO, so I will be able to try the new position more.

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