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    stem swap?

    I am thinking of swapping the stems on my two bikes, but I am not sure whether this is possible/advisable.

    when I got my Trek Soho six months ago I wasn't flexible at all and had a hard time reaching the handlebars. the LBS swapped the stem for a short one, and things were fine. nowadays and a couple thousand miles later, I find the handlebars a bit close, I think b/c I'm more flexible.

    pretty sure I can take it back and they'll replace the short stem with the regular one. but I am thinking the short stem could be useful on my road bike, because...

    ...my Spec Roubaix is maybe a little large for me, so I strain a bit getting to the hoods/drops. I could take it in for a full fitting, but my guess is that after they tell me "you should have gotten a 52 instead of a 54" they'll suggest putting a shorter stem on it.

    so I'm wondering, is there any reason I can't put the short stem from the Soho on the Roubaix, and vice versa? might make both look slightly like frankenbikes, but my visual appearance is nothing to write home about as it is :-)
    Trek Domane 4.5 (commute/distance), Specialized Roubaix (climber), Xootr Swift (winter/travel), Trek Soho (around town)

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    Most likely you can. You might want to ask in the Mechanic's Forum. The only issue is that sometimes fork steerers are different diameters but with recent bikes you should probably be good. Might want to engage in a little trigonometry/geometry to make sure you're not losing too much height or anything. Also be sure to read up on how to properly tighten the headset. Once you get used to doing it it's not that bad but at first it can be a little tricky. Or will you have the shop do it?

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    You'll have to check out the handlebar size, too. The Roubaix might have an oversized 31.8 diameter bar and the Soho might have the smaller 25.4 diameter bar.

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