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    Who Rides a Short Stem?

    Just switched out my -10 degree 110mm stem for a +6 degree 70mm stem. Can't wait to ride it!

    My thinking is I mostly ride my cyclocross bike either slowly on gravel trails or on single track. I'm hoping that the shorter more upright position will help me to get the front wheel off the ground. I run a 60mm on my 29er, so I thought a 70mm I had laying around the garage would be a good start.

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    I am running a 70mm stem on my CX bike currently and considering going shorter. I am a fan but I have always loved shorter stems, partially because of a short torso and poor flexibility though.

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    Ive got a 45 on my Bike Friday.. ( Trekking bars .. ) the 406-47 tires can go anywhere paved or gravel .

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    After putting in about five hours worth of singletrack time on the new setup I don't think I'll be going back to a long stem. Bunny hopping and nose tapping over obstacles has never been easier.

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    Also a short stemmer here. Swapped out for a 75mm for my Tricross. At 5'10" I prefered the 56cm (large) frame for leg length, but the standard stem was too much of an uncomfortable arm stretch.

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    I also ride a 70mm on my bike.
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    I ride a short adjustable stem flipped up 50 degrees. It keeps my hands within reach of the bar and it prevents a too-stretched-out feeling when riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thisisbenji View Post
    Just switched out my -10 degree 110mm stem for a +6 degree 70mm stem. Can't wait to ride it!

    My thinking is I mostly ride my cyclocross bike either slowly on gravel trails or on single track. I'm hoping that the shorter more upright position will help me to get the front wheel off the ground. I run a 60mm on my 29er, so I thought a 70mm I had laying around the garage would be a good start.

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    80mm with 10 deg up angle for me, works well as you say to help keep the weight back a little.

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    Not me. Even doing moderate climbing on mine (forget actual measurements, on the longer side, came on my Large sized TCX) With the stem flipped down I found it was way too easy to accidentally wheelie. But I guess overall geometry and fit is going to make a bigger impact on this for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thisisbenji View Post
    After putting in about five hours worth of singletrack time on the new setup I don't think I'll be going back to a long stem. Bunny hopping and nose tapping over obstacles has never been easier.
    Try adding wider bars like Bell Laps.

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