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Following on from headangles: Stem size ..

the phantom piemanthe phantom pieman Posts: 165
edited May 2010 in MTB general
Current vogue is towards smaller and smaller stems ...
Having come through the years of 150mm plus being std ( I was always a 135 man), is it fashion , or does it make much difference?
I find it makes the cockpit cramped and over twitchy. TBH when the red mist is down, I never missed an apex due to perceived slow steering ....

Help me here !
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  • GHillGHill Posts: 2,402
    Bit of fashion, bit of compensation for wider bars.

    Riding/bike style will make a difference too.
  • mferebornmfereborn Posts: 480
    I like having a slightly larger than normal frame but a shorter stem to aid my reach, allows a more 'sporty' position in my case and allows my weight to transfer onto the bikes axle, rather than beyond it which a longer stem may do.
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  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 52,901
    Current vogue is towards smaller and smaller stems ...
    Having come through the years of 150mm plus being std ( I was always a 135 man), is it fashion , or does it make much difference?
    I find it makes the cockpit cramped and over twitchy. TBH when the red mist is down, I never missed an apex due to perceived slow steering ....

    Help me here !
    There a good explanation of the effect of stem length in this thread:
    http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=12699655&highlight=stem
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  • so the fashion for short steam has lead to ultra wide bars to slow down steering .... weird, man!!

    I would have thought that a longer stem but a lit more weight forwards , making grip in the fronty better, whilst helping any climbing that you will have to do!!

    All that wide bars do is snag on undergrowth and make up for lack of leverage ,,,, :?
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  • mferebornmfereborn Posts: 480
    Wide bars assist in balance - which when going over tricky terrain can be a god send.
    The Frog: Lapierre Zesty 214 2010 - Upgraded - W.I.P
  • paul.skibumpaul.skibum Posts: 4,068
    Old school xc racing wanted a low tuck so a long stem and narrow bars worked, new school freeride boys want a more up right position to getweight back to huck stuff - freeride is perceived to be cooler so bikes have navigated that way rather than the xc route.

    Personally I have ridden my bike with flat bars and a 100mm stem and with wide bars and a 75mm stem and I prefer the latter, more maneuverable, more chuckable and more stable plus my back hurts less on a long ride.
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