I'm a bit of a mountain biking Newb.
I've got a Merida MATTS HFS 3000-V
Its an XC Mountain Bike.
I live in Taiwan and all of the mountain biking that I can do over here is on paved mountain roads.
Lots of good fun and it gets me out of the city.
I'm 170 CM tall (5,7)
My bike is a 16 inch frame.
I've been putting some good millage on the bike.
I'm very happy with how it rides and love the FOX front suspension set.
I think that my bike is basically designed for climbing up steep grades, which is exactly what I've been doing with it.
However, after long rides (for me at this stage) (30 KM) my wrists are killing me.
And after I've finished riding in the mountains and I'm on my way back into the city, I really notice how tucked in I feel.
I've put on some pretty snazzy ergonomic grips but it doesn't change the fact that my riding position seems so forward and my wrists and back bug me.
I've adjusted my seat tilt so that its pretty level and so that it doesn't tilt my body forward.
#1 I'm wondering, if I raise the stem height, will this offer a more upright and comfortable riding position?
#2 If I do this, will I sacrifice a major amount of climbing efficiency in the mountains?
#3 Are changing my handle-bars another option?
On this bike, my riding position is such that the top of the seat is level with, or a couple of CM above the top of the handle-bars.
If I lower the seat anymore, I fear that my legs won't be extended enough on the down-peddle-stroke.
Does anybody have any ideas?
Is there any way to change the bike so I have a little more of an open-chested, upright riding style without sacrificing mountain climbing efficiency.
Any advice would be swell or links to previous posts.
Thanks in advance.