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Fitting Your Bike Are you confused about how you should fit a bike to your particular body dimensions? Have you been reading, found the terms Merxx or French Fit, and don’t know what you need? Every style of riding is different- in how you fit the bike to you, and the sizing of the bike itself. It’s more than just measuring your height, reach and inseam. With the help of Bike Fitting, you’ll be able to find the right fit for your frame size, style of riding, and your particular dimensions. Here ya’ go…..the location for everything fit related.

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Old 07-03-13, 05:13 PM   #1
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Stem length

I have a new-to-me road bike and I've got a question: The saddle height and position I have set feels pretty good with the exception of that I still feel like I'm reaching for the brifters. Handlebar/brifter location is great when I stand but when I sit, I have to stretch 3-4 cm past my normal comfortable position to reach them or to ride my normal on-the-hoods hand position. I know that KOPS is a guideline and controversial at that but I'm wondering how you know if you should move the seat forward or get a shorter stem. I'm working on flexibility but have old back injury issues that may limit my ability to simply adapt to stretching out further.
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Shorter stem; you've answered our own question, you feel 3-4cm (30-40mm) too stretched out; the only caveat to that I have is don't go 30mm shorter -- go 15 or 20 at MOST. Leave the saddle where it is.
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I can't agree or disagree about not going 3 cm shorter. I do think it's important to make any stem changes in increments - small ones. A 1 cm change is quite large.
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You put the brifters on a long ramp bend bar or something more designed to go with them?

if the reach gripping the straight upper part of the bar is good, that may be a factor.
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Thanks for the advice. I have put a couple of hundred miles on the bike and finally decided to order an 80mm +/-7 degree stem to replace the stock 100 mm stem.
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You can also get a shorter reach handlebar.
Norm in road bar reach is somewhere in the 85mm region
Many shallow cx bars have a reach of 75mm
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I just swapped out the stock 115mm stem for a 100mm stem for the same reasons. I'm closer to the ideal position but I still think I can bring the bars back 5 to 10mm.

I got my 100mm stem from the LBS from the "$5 stems" box. I wish I had bought more lengths while I was there. :/
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