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Stem Advice

grantwaygrantway Posts: 1,430
edited May 2009 in MTB buying advice
Hi hope you can help I do light Downhill / Trail riding

I am thinking of changing my stem but dont know what size but I do want
zero rise.

Im finding it hard to do double switch backs and tight berms when
my forks are at 160 and some times at 140 the bars are easton monkey lite 711mm wide
and 80mm Hope stem with 10mm rise.

Just feels like driving a bus on tight stuff and winds me up and feels it
slows me down.


  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    If your bike is honed for the downs, it will feel slower and more cumbersome around the bends on the flat. You could change the stem, then suddenly feel it is more nervous on the very steep stuff.
  • Dirtydog11Dirtydog11 Posts: 1,621
    If the issue is that the bars are to high (you state you want a 0 degree rise) then you could jiggle the spacers about and flip the stem.
  • xtreemxtreem Posts: 2,965
    Change the stem to minimum 60mm lenght. 50 maybe?
    80mm stem on 160mm fork sounds weird.
  • grantwaygrantway Posts: 1,430
    Thank you

    Have tried the taking out spacers and revercing the stem
    But as the stem has 10mm rise it dont work.

    I understand what you saying Sonic and could well be true

    But what if I tried say with like Xtreem says IE Sunline 65 mm AM Stem
    with the wide 711mm bars
    Zero rise is for when I change the Fox Talas 36 r from 140 to 160mm
  • CpsCps Posts: 356
    I narrowed my bars down and found my bike more responsive. It may only be in my head but so what !
  • xtreemxtreem Posts: 2,965
    I say buy the Sunline 65 mm AM Stem, and see if it's better.
    What's £50 on a £2000+ bike? Nothing.

    Also you can sell it which ever stem you don't like it. Minimum money loss.

    If you don't want to spend that much, then consider cheaper option like the Truvativ
    Holzfeller, or other, because the white probably won't match your bike color scheme.
  • grantwaygrantway Posts: 1,430
    Thanx for that. Yes very true Xtreem
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