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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 05-22-14, 04:23 PM   #1
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Reach adjustment

I'm looking to adjust my reach, would a handlebar with a shorter reach have the same effect as a shorter stem?
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It will make a difference in the distance to the hoods, but the distance to the tops will remain the same.
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I'm looking to adjust my reach, would a handlebar with a shorter reach have the same effect as a shorter stem?
If you're riding on the hoods, them yes - just swapped bars on one of my bikes for shorter reach.
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Yes - And the changes can be dramatic - Especially if your and older guy...

Changed the stem on an old UO-8 to just 1.5 cm longer - Wow - Two days latte changed it back and apologized...
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I'm looking to adjust my reach, would a handlebar with a shorter reach have the same effect as a shorter stem?
If you're riding on the hoods, them yes - just swapped bars on one of my bikes for shorter reach.
What bar did you go with?
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What bar did you go with?
Just installed a Soma Highway One bar last week, replacing a 3TTT Morphe (older aluminum version), which was shorter reach when it came out. The Highway One moved the hoods back about 1.5cm. I also found that the tops felt "crowded" on the narrower Morphes, so I went up one size to 42cm. I'm very pleased with this bar!
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