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Old 07-16-13, 08:40 AM
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Stem Height Adjustment

I will try to attach a photo of the Forte adjustable stem that I have on my new Allez. As you will see (I hope) I have the bars raised to the most upright setting using the highest setting on the adjustable "dial." My question is, can I still add an additional spacer(s) below the adjustable stem? If so, I could dial back the adjustable setting to somewhere close to the mid-point instead of at the upper end of the scale. It would be nice to have some additional range available in the event I need to raise the bar in the future. Thanks!
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Old 07-16-13, 08:42 AM
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No room for adding spacers sorry
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No to the spacers. There won't be any steer tube left for the stem to grab. That leaves you with a few options.

1. Get a bigger bike as if you are jacking it up that much, the bike may be too small for you.

2. Increase your flexibility so that you can use the bike as is. I have neck issues so I know this might not be the best advice.

3. Get a different fork with a taller steerer tube.

4. There are stem/steer tube adapters that can jack up the stem a couple more inches. I had one on a bike a few years ago due to my neck issues. I found that it made the handling of the bike horrible. Possibly a longer steerer tube could do the same thing.
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Another option is to change the stem. The OP can buy a fixed high angle stem, or an adjustable stem like the one he has now but with a longer extension. That will give more height while still keeping the bars forward more.
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like above..

Buy a New Fork, to gain an Un Cut (*steel better) steerer, then you decide, later, how far you want to cut it.

alternative is a 'stem raiser' , that clamps on the fork steerer where your stem now is,
and then the stem is fitted to the top of the stem raiser..

I would not recommend this for a carbon steerer fork.. *

Expect all cables will be too short so need replacing.

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