Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Annandale, New Jersey
Bikes: 2014 Surly Steamroller, 1989 Nishiki Altron
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Don't flip the stem on a mtb, it's ok to do it on roadbikes. You're going to screw up your body positioning on the bike even more due to the suspension fork. There's a ton of spacers on the steerer tube right there, you can probably get your lbs to take some steerer tube off, put a new star fangled nut in the steerer which will allow you to use less headset spacers, which means the stem will be lower. If you go that route, I'd say inch, maybe inch and a half at most. If you are still too upright, get a shorter stem.