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General rule of thumb?

JohnBurtJohnBurt Posts: 94
edited May 2013 in MTB workshop & tech
As it says - if I go up with handlebar width should I be thinking about shortening stem also. I'm kind of Orang-utan shaped and am more comfortable with a wider bar (780mm) or so but its not perfect and \I feel a little stretched.

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  • Chunkers1980Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    Change it then.
  • JohnBurtJohnBurt Posts: 94
    Yeah change it I will but that wasn't the question. I was just wondering how evertybody else got on?
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,904
    Not everybody is Orang Utan shaped - but as you are more stretched a shorter stem will obviously make you less stretched.
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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    JohnBurt wrote:
    As it says - if I go up with handlebar width should I be thinking about shortening stem also. I'm kind of Orang-utan shaped and am more comfortable with a wider bar (780mm) or so but its not perfect and \I feel a little stretched.

    Cheers
    do you feel like you are in the correct position now?

    when going wider on the bars the reason to go shorter on the stem is to bring you back to about the same position..
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  • JohnBurtJohnBurt Posts: 94
    No I feel extended - reckon I'll try a shorter stem.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    cheaper to slide all the controls inboaed first and see.
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