Misc. Bike Part Replacement for 200, Alex
Am thinking of upgrading a few things on my do-it-all road/CX Kona bike. Have a few questions that I was hoping folks could help me out on:
1. To get a better fit, I'm going to install a longer stem. My current stem is a 105mm Easton EA-30, kind of a hybrid road/MTB stem for cyclocross use. I'm planning on getting a stem off of ebay, probably a 130mm. My question is: will a road stem work for me, or will it not be strong enough? What exactly are the differences between a road and MTB stem? Anything off-road on the bike will be confined to fire roads (maybe 10% of the total riding time on the bike).
2. Also, I'm thinking about getting another set of wheels, so that I can transition quickly between riding off-road with knobbies, and slicks for the roads. My current wheels have a 12-25, but I'm thinking of putting a 12-28 cassette on the new wheels (trust me, they have such a thing -- not Shimano, but a few other mfrs. make them.) With the two different size cassettes, will I be able to swap them out without running into chain length problems? If I run a longer chain to accomodate the 12-28, will I encounter noticeable chain slack when running the 12-25?