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Old 08-05-09, 03:49 PM   #1
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Buying new fork and stems. Need help with ergonomics

I really like to cycle for a few hours each day. The problem is i always have back pain. Its probably because i have to bend a lot as my handlebar is a bit low and stem is a bit long xD

So im now going to buy a new fork and stem. I will have to ask a few questions.

1) My XC hard tail bike has 80 mm fork now. Shall i buy a 100mm fork so that i will be a bit more upright position? But that will effect handling and steering, i cant decide.

2) When i buy the new fork, i will have to cut the excessive steering tube. What would happen if i cut it a bit longer than my current fork steering tube? I will then put a few spacers, raise the stem and raise the handlebar. Will this affect handling and steering? Or do i just cut the steering tube same with my current fork tube length and buy a stem with more angle?

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Old 08-05-09, 04:18 PM   #2
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Why are you buying a new fork? Just to get the front end higher or is there another purpose?
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never, because i bought a new frame which is black. And my fork is WHITE. Thats why.
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Black and white work together so what's the issue?

When it comes to pain and seating position, make one change at a time so you know what works. See if you can borrow some stems or higher rise bars from your LBS to figure out what feels better.
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