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Handlebar stem spacers

geoff_ssgeoff_ss Posts: 1,234
edited January 2008 in Workshop
I want to set the height of my handlebar stem and I know spacers are available in 20, 10 and 5mm thicknesses. Is there a practical limit to either the number or total height of spacers I can use?

It's an aluminium Kinesis frame with an integrated headset and carbon steerer and I think I may need about 25/30mm lift, at least as a starter. I can always use fewer spacers and cut down the steerer later if I find I need the bars a bit lower.

Geoff
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  • redddraggonredddraggon Posts: 10,862
    I think about 5cm is the recommended maximum, but you maybe would be fine with more.

    I think you get problems with the headset preload coming down quicker (headset compression? - I can't think of the proper terms) if you have too many spacers.
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  • geoff_ssgeoff_ss Posts: 1,234
    OK thanks for that RD. I'll get a small selection so that I can ring the changes.

    Geoff
    Old cyclists never die; they just fit smaller chainrings ... and pedal faster
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