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    rigid bruce
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    High rise stem for Midge bars?

    What are the stem options for getting Midge bars nice and high? I'm putting them on an old Fat City frame. I need a threadless stem, 1" or 1 1/8" is ok.

    I know about the Salsa Moto Ace, are there any that are taller without going custom?

    bruce boysen

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    On-One makes a high rise stem to go nicely with your bars

    Soma makes some too

    Salsa's been doing it for ages

    All I can think of off the top of my head that I'd want to ride

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    Profile Boa, 60-120mm length and 20, 30, and 40* rise. And its only $20.

    -Rob.

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    fat chances have very short head tubes.... you will need a lot of stem there. fats are not the ideal bikes for drop bars in my humble sometimes mistaken opinion. i have a wicked.. rode it w/ a midge and thought it went against the bike's personality. it curbed it's potential.
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    Yeah, you might be right about the Midges on a Fat. Two factors are in my favor here. The threadless steerer on the Big One Inch fork is pretty long with a good 1.5 inches of spacers under the stem. The frame is a large which is a frame size bigger than the old sizing charts would put me on.

    I might be ok as a Salsa 130 degree, 135mm extension stem gets the top of the Midge bars (next to the stem clamp) close to saddle height. This feels pretty good, I just want to try higher to see if it's even better. At some point it's going to look too wrong and I won't want to go that high. The bike looks great right now. It's a 1991 Monster Fat with almost perfect paint. Red Fat Chance decals, not the green Monster originals.

    If this doesn't work for me I'll put Mary bars on it. I have them on my '94 titanium Fat and they are excellent. The bikes are everyday riders, not period correct, obviously.

    bruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigid
    Yeah, you might be right about the Midges on a Fat. Two factors are in my favor here. The threadless steerer on the Big One Inch fork is pretty long with a good 1.5 inches of spacers under the stem. The frame is a large which is a frame size bigger than the old sizing charts would put me on.

    I might be ok as a Salsa 130 degree, 135mm extension stem gets the top of the Midge bars (next to the stem clamp) close to saddle height. This feels pretty good, I just want to try higher to see if it's even better. At some point it's going to look too wrong and I won't want to go that high. The bike looks great right now. It's a 1991 Monster Fat with almost perfect paint. Red Fat Chance decals, not the green Monster originals.

    If this doesn't work for me I'll put Mary bars on it. I have them on my '94 titanium Fat and they are excellent. The bikes are everyday riders, not period correct, obviously.

    bruce

    looks like it would work fine.
    WTB: Bomber Z2 1 1/8 steerer, in good to excellent shape OR bomber rebuild kit.

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    Yeah, you want the hooks about the height that your flat bar would be at normally. If you find yourself with extra stems I might be interested. I'm trying to fit some Midges on my KM, I've only mocked them up, I can't really tell if it'll work yet until I get my levers.

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