Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Junction City, Kansas
Bikes: Trek 3700, 2005 model year
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Stem and bar suggestions for a novice
Hello - I'm just getting back into owning and riding a mountain bike. I purchased a Trek 3700 (I know, it's an entry level, but I'm a novice so it'll be a good starter). Anyway, the only thing I don't like about it is the 25 degree rise stem. Being new at this though, I don't know what is best for me. There's a lot of choices out there and I wouldn't know what's good/reasonable. I bought a 21" frame, I'm 6'3" and about 215 lbs. I'm not looking to ride any hardcore single tracks or jumps, but would like something more than suitable to handle most things, I don't like buying cheap stuff. Here's the specs from the Trek website.
Handlebars 25.4, 30mm rise
Stem Bontrager, 25.4, 25 degree
Headset Aheadset, semi-cartridge, sealed
I'd like something closer to 10-15 degrees probably.
I'm assuming installing this is a matter of unbolting the old one and installing a new one with the proper torque specs.
BTW, I had a 1994 or 1995 model Raleigh M60 for a couple of years and rode it for a while before the job got too hectic. I haven't ridden in about 4 years so I'm sure my legs will be jello for a long time.