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Old 09-30-19, 11:34 AM
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Gary Fisher MTB, threadless headset options

So I bought a Gary Fisher 1999 Aquila MTB for the steel frame, as an extra bike for the trails. But the handlebar height is too low. It has the Aheadset SE-1 (1-1/8") threadless headset. It has spacers, but still isn't high enough. Anyone have any ideas on getting a little more height on the bars? Any ideas on vintage parts to replace the handle bar stem with a higher version?
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post
So I bought a Gary Fisher 1999 Aquila MTB for the steel frame, as an extra bike for the trails. But the handlebar height is too low. It has the Aheadset SE-1 (1-1/8") threadless headset. It has spacers, but still isn't high enough. Anyone have any ideas on getting a little more height on the bars? Any ideas on vintage parts to replace the handle bar stem with a higher version?
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Not vintage, but riser bars, or steering tube extension probably are your only choice. Luckily you donít have the Evolution size!!!
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There are adjustable angle stems that can raise the bars significantly. They tend to be heavy but are functional. Here is one of the better examples:

https://www.nashbar.com/ritchey-4axi...48194?v=483140

Another option is a high up-angle fixed stem like this one :

https://www.nashbar.com/dimension-11...69243?v=322537

Keep in mind as the angle increases then reach decreases so compensate for that in the length you choose.
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Keep in mind as the angle increases then reach decreases so compensate for that in the length you choose.
A bike from 1999 will have a long stem vs what we are used to today, I have a few mid/late 90's MTB's and they have all benefited from having a much shorter stem than was orginally fitted, 20-30mm shorter + risers make a nice ride on an older bike
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I went with the steering tube extension, seemed like the most simple solution. Thanks to everyone for their help.
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