Raising the bars on a mountain bike
I recently came into a 2003 Giant Yukon for a very good price. The bike is like-new, and functions very well. The frame is a 17", and to get a correct fit on the seat to pedals distance for my legs, the saddle ends up being an inch or so higher than the handlebars. I'd prefer to have my hands a bit higher, as I'll be using the bike primarily for fire road jaunts with the wife and daughter.
So, being new to this whole threadless headset thing, I assume I have four reasonable options:
1) add spacers under the stem, if possible
2) get a stem with a steeper angled rise
3) get a handlebar with more upward bend
4) some combination of the first three
Did I miss anything? What would be the best bet/most cost effective? For option #1, how much steerer tube is enough for the stem to clamp on to?
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