I have a Ritchey 4-Bolt on the bike right now and I believe its a 6 degree angle but i was wondering if there were any pros and cons for getting a straight stem with no angle? Please shed some light. And also when i see the different sizes in MM (90MM, 100MM, 110MM, etc.) What is that size referring too?
Last edited by ballaholyk84; 08-08-07 at 01:18 AM.
Only thing the angle will effect is the height of the bar. If you have a 6 deg up angle, a zero degree will put the bars a bit lower - I dunno, 1/2 an inch maybe? It'll make the effective length of the stem slightly longer too.
Im pretty sure the Shorter the Stem the faster the steering and visa versa
I would concur. Also, a longer stem will have you stretched out further possibly making it a little harder to get back when descending. Over the past decade it seems like there may be a trend towards shorter and stouter stems. This might be to support steeper riding that would be encountered with northshore style gravity contraptions and dropoffs.