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Old 03-13-11, 09:33 AM   #1
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Will this work with my stock surly cross check?

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes//Catalo...erm=delta+stem

I'd like my handlebars higher. They were cut even with my seat. That was great. I've already got spacers on it as high as it will go. Short of purchasing a new fork, will this work to get my handlebars higher than my seat? TIA I'm having terrible trouble with ulnar nerve compression, and I need to do something, and don't want to give up distance rides.

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Old 03-13-11, 09:35 AM   #2
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I'm trying to picture how this works, btw - does it slip over the tube that stick our and then the stem mounts to this? The main thing I'm not sure is sizing. This is the link to what I have

http://www.surlybikes.com/bikes/cross_check_complete/
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Probably. I installed one on my wife's bike to raise her handlebar because I think that it looks a lot better than a stem that has a radical rise angle. Almost everything today is 1 1/8 inch so I doubt you'll encounter a sizing issue.
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It will work, but I disagree about the aesthetics versus a taller stem. It adds redundant weight and provides another failure point for the stem/steerer connection. Not something I'd want to fail or feel disconnected from.

For a temporary fix until an injury heals, yeah, it'd be fine.
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The Cross Check has a 1-1/8" steel steerer. They don't come much stronger so adding that riser should be perfectly safe. I certainly wouldn't use it on a carbon steerer and probably not on an aluminum steerer but steel will be fine.
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It will work, but I disagree about the aesthetics versus a taller stem. It adds redundant weight and provides another failure point for the stem/steerer connection. Not something I'd want to fail or feel disconnected from.

For a temporary fix until an injury heals, yeah, it'd be fine.
I agree, installing the right stem will be stronger & safer than using a stem riser. You might also consider using a compact handlebat like this FSA Omega. It reduces the reach substantually;

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