how to find stem length?

GrantyBoy Posts: 166
edited May 2009 in MTB general
Morning All

I’m looking to swap my stem to something with a longer reach as my current setup feels too cramped. So to find out what length stem I currently have, which two points do I measure to find the length?


  • nicklouse
    nicklouse Posts: 50,675
    center to center
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  • GrantyBoy
    GrantyBoy Posts: 166
    now would that be the center of the hole for the steerer tube to the center of the face plate?
  • GrantyBoy
    GrantyBoy Posts: 166
    Google is my friend

    Center of headset to center of bars.
  • bomberesque
    bomberesque Posts: 1,701
    or just take your stem into your LBS and say "I'd like one sligthly longer please"

    They *may* even lend you an adjustable one so you can fek about with different lengths and rises to find what suits you best.
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