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In terms of handling, all three approaches will give you the same result. However:
– A stem cannot be installed too high on a carbon fork, so if you want a new longer fork, it will have to be steel.
– There should not be any stress difference on the fork between using a 45-degree stem and a stem riser since both clamp at the same point on the fork; unless I'm missing something in the design of a stem riser.
All in all, I would much prefer the 45°-stem approach :
– It looks as nice as what you presently have, whereas the stem riser + stem make for a very busy front end.
– You only need to buy one piece whereas with a stem riser, you will also need to buy a new shorter stem (by placing the bars higher, you straighten up, therefore you need to place the bars slightly closer to you).
BTW, when you compare your 17° stem with the new 45° stem, compare the horizontal reach. IOW, if your present 17° stem is 100 mm long, it puts the handlebars 100 mm forward of the fork. However, a 110-mm 45°-stem puts the handlebars 97 mm forward of the fork.