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Old 06-24-12, 06:25 PM   #1
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Stem length for drop bars vs MTB bar.

I'm going to try drop bars on my old hybrid. I've got all of the mechanical details worked out and I know what I need to replace but I'm trying to figure out stem length. Right now I've got a rise bar on the bike with an equivalent stem length of 11.5 cm. Do people generally go shorter, longer or the same in regards to stem length for drop bars?
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I left the original stem on, in order to test it once I had the drop bars installed.

I ended up going 10 mm shorter and 2 degrees higher afterwards.

Thinking now of putting the original longer, lower stem back on, actually, as I've become accustomed to this position and the drop bars.
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