Mountain Biking - adjustable stems?
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11-13-10, 12:23 PM
I have a problem and I am not sure where to post this on the Forum. I have a Diamondback Outback mountain bike that I want to convert to a touring bicycle and occasionally use off road. The problem is that the present handlebars are too low and too far forward to be comfortable. My wrists start to hurt after more than an hour of riding. I saw an adjustable stem on an internet bike parts site, but I have been warned that you can not put an adjustable stem and then use the bicycle off road. This stem is sold as a mountain bike stem. I plan on doing a camping tour that will be off road so I need to know if this is true or just a lot of hot air. I went to my local bike shop and they foretold of doom and gloom while using an adjustable stem. They suggest a riser which will bring the stem up, but not necessarily closer to my seat. Any suggestions?
More information: I have a 1 1/8 threadless stem.
11-13-10, 10:17 PM
ZOOM makes a fully adjustable stem that states right on the package "for mountain bike use". I have one on a vintage Nishiki that I still ride on single track. Other adjustable stems state not for mountain bike use on the package. The ZOOM stem is a little heavier and has better construction compared to the other adjustable stems. If you're not going to do any significant jumps, you'll probably be OK using an adjustable stem that is intended for MTB use. My LBS sold me the ZOOM stem when I told them what my intentions were. They had no reservations because of the statement on the package.
11-14-10, 12:48 PM
Thanks for the reply. I will look for a solid stem with a higher angle and failing that get the Zoom adjustable stem. I have a hybrid bike that is very comfortable to ride and I will use that as a template for my "new" touring mountain bike. My local bike shop does not carry any adjustable stems for mountain bikes; they said "We will not sell you such a stem if we know it si for a MB". I sort of think they were pissed that I bought the bike off Craigslist and not from them. Thanks again for the info.
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