I have been trying to adjust the cockpit on my new Rockhopper and I have developed some questions. I changed out the stem and handlebars to the ones from my old bike to get a better fit and eliminate some numbness in the hands from not putting enough weight in the saddle, (I think that was the cause). The handlebars have less sweep and the stem is longer and has a greater incline(15 degrees I think).
I want to go to a handlebar with no sweep, primarily because the way I naturally hold the bars my hands would fit best on a bar with no sweep, does anyone make a riser bar with no sweep?
I do not know if I should shorten the stem from the long one I am using to a shorter one. Is control and turning noticably better with a short stem compared to a long stem?
I have also noticed that after hitting a tight singletrack that I am thinking about shortening the width of my bars, does anyone have any advice on this?
Will it affect the the decision making process when choosing a stem and bar set?
I am on a 19inch and I think that I have a pretty standard arm, leg and torso length for my height,