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  1. #1
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    New question here. Simple question for a bike builder?

    Hey guys and girls,
    I was just wondering. Is it ok to put the stem down closer to the frame while placing the spacers on top of the stem. What would that do to the reach, and or leverage?

    I'm 6'1" with long arms, and riding a 19" Bontrager Hardtail, and useing a Race Face Deus 120mm x 15.

    Thanks in advance

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    Feb 2004

    Hard to tell

    It is OK to do this. However, many factors weigh in here that are hard to judge without seeing the bike. Try looking at the seat height in relation to the handlebar height. If your handlebars are quite a bit lower that your saddle, you will have a corresponding shift of weight and balance to the front wheel. Depending on your riding style, this can give you more or less control - more on uphill and flat sections, less on downhill sections. This is why downhillers have lowered saddles and riser handlebars - weight is more towards the rear for better balance when pointed downhill. These bikes are a handful on climbs, however.

    Play around with the spacers and placement of your stem and see what feels right for you in most situations.

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