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Extending handlebars on my Gary Fisher

Old 03-14-16, 06:40 AM
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Extending handlebars on my Gary Fisher

Hello all this is my first post on this site and was looking for a little help. I have a Gary Fisher Kaitai that I inherited from my brother and I have been getting it all set to go to fit my needs but can't seem to raise the handlebars. I was wondering what my options are on this since my last bike ride was pretty uncomfortable since I'm slouched over too much. Thank you again if u have the time to read this.
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Do an internet search for "stem raiser".
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Old 03-14-16, 07:17 AM
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So I looked up stem raisers would any of them work or would I need a specific one to fit my bike? I guess I don't want to end up buying the wrong one and it won't fit right you know
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There are basically two systems for handlebars. First the old tried and true quill system where you loosen the top bolt and raise the stem to your desired height while being careful not to raise it higher than the max line on the stem. The second system is called a threadless system which does not allow as much variation in rising your handlebars. Most times it means buying a new stem with a higher angle and installing it. There are other tweaks that also can be done by changing spacers etc.

The reason I am explaining this, is the Gary Fisher Kaitai came with both types of stems depending on the year the bike was built. If you can tell us what system you have or post a photo or link to the exact bike showing he stem and handlebars, then the members here will be in a better position to help. Other than that it wouldn't hurt to just ride by a bike store and ask them.
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You very likely have an 1 1/4 inch stem diameter. In that case your options are to buy the stem raiser FB mentioned, getting a stem that angles up higher or getting handlebars that sweep back and or rise up. Or a combination of the above. If you bring your bars up too much, you may have to get new shifter and brake cables.

Here are some high rise and adjustable stems that can help.

Threadless Stems for Road & MTB - 35 deg - Adjustable | Bikewagon

Here are a wide variety of riser bars.

MTB Riser Handlebars | Bikewagon

The above stems are threadless. These are quill.

Quill Stems | Bikewagon

With that, you can tell us which kind you have.
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