I have a Cannondale killer V900 mountain bike that I bought new in 1994. I am trying to raise the handlebar so as to help with my post-ride sore lower back.
The mechanic at my lbs has told me to look for a one and a quarter inches, 30 or 40 degrees, 90mm or 40mm threadless stem. The steerer on the bike came with a one and a quarter inches measurement. It has been a problem finding a stem with the old measurement, as the newer standard in steerers and stems are one and an eight inches and also one inch.
Can somebody please help with a solution with this problem?
I am also thinking another potential solution is to consider suspension forks. I am concerned about going this route because of the expense. Also, does the installation of a suspension fork necessitate my scrapping the bike's cantilever brakes for new brakes? I am no luddite, and I understand that linear pull brakes are superior to cantilevers, but I really do not want to spend a lot of money on this bike.The local bike store has given me an estimate of $140 to convert the brakes.
Could somebody also suggest two or three suspension forks that I should consider? I am about 210 pounds, and I think I prefer the coil forks. My basic conditions for a suspended fork are (i)Low or no maintenance (ii) Reliability (iii) Coil, instead of air (iv)Strength and (v) Fun
Most of my riding is pavement and a little x-country and the ocassional century or two, thrown in.
Thanks for your help and advice.