Shorter stems ok in CX? What handlebar has short reach too?
I think I may need a 70mm or 80mm stem for my CX bike since my reach is short. I'll have my 55cm 2001 Poprad next week and on my steel bikes I needed a short stem for a 56cm top tube and I think that's what the Lemond has.
Will this cause any adverse handling issues? Not sure if someone mentioned it'll feel more "lively".
If I went a frame size down to 53cm the 54cm top tube would allow me to use a longer stem but it would have to gain back 1-2cm in height and the seatpost would have about 8-9 inches in seatpost.
Also, along the same lines:
I was thinking of finding a wide 46 or so handlebar with a short reach and short distance to the drops. This would make the drops more comfortable for me. Any advice?