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Old 10-08-07, 01:37 PM   #1
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anyone use a 50cm stem? (twitchy?)

i think i might need one to fit my bike better, it's a little too big.
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Old 10-08-07, 01:44 PM   #2
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I have a 50-60mm stem on my beater with flip and chopped bars. It's not twitcy at all, but the geometry of the frame is pretty relaxed. I love it though. I'm gonna go down to a 65 or 80 on my Mark V probably.
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Old 10-08-07, 01:46 PM   #3
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Twitchy? Not necessarily. It depends on the frame's geometry and the type of bars you're using. Regardless, most any change in handling, if any, you'll quickly adapt in no time.

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50cm is a tad excessive I think.

I do have a 50mm stem on the GTB. And a 50mm hi-rise Technomic on the Bridgestone XO-3. I didn't notice any change in handling.
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i have a 50 on the walker. it's a steep as hell track bike, and definitely twitchy, even with a conventional stem, but i actually find the additional rotational mass of the aerospoke to be somewhat stabilizing, so the two sort of cancel each other out.

so believe it or not having what is decried as a just-for-looks front wheel and a ridiculously short and unsuitable stem actually has a beneficial effect on the bike's ride. not to mention it puts the bars right where i want them, and leaves my center of gravity somewhat rearward in relation to the bike, which was my intent.

it makes for a fast and very maneuverable bike, and an upright and high rider stance, plus the ability to lift the front end readily — the perfect set-up for nyc's ****ty road surfaces and dense traffic.
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it makes for a fast and very maneuverable bike, and an upright and high rider stance, plus the ability to lift the front end readily — the perfect set-up for nyc's ****ty road surfaces and dense traffic and wheelies!
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