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Old 11-16-08, 02:47 AM
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Can I flip it?

Does anybody have their stem flipped downward on their MTB?

I'm having trouble climbing hills because when I stand on the pedals and lean forward the bars get in the way (they're just pressed up to my chest and my elbows are all the way bent). If I sit down and pedal I lose traction on the front wheel because my weight is too far back. I tried lowering the stem to the bottom of the spacer stack (3/4" lower) and it helped slightly, but I'm thinking if I flip the stem so it angles downward I can climb a lot better since my weight will be more forward and I can also lean forward more. I guess the downside would be more danger of endoing on steep downhills because I am forced to lean forward more. Here's a pic of the bike (before I moved the stem under the spacers):
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FYI, for street/XC riding, I have my saddle set high for maximum pedaling efficiency and that gives me a 2" drop from saddle to bars. How do other people set up their saddles and stems for XC?

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One of the nice bits about stems on threadless systems, ability to get two different rise angles out of a single stem. I have one flipped on one bike, although usually don't need to, but wanted to get my hands a bit lower on my latest build without buying anything (it's already a fairly flexible stem/bar system for position, a Syntace VRO). It's mostly about where your hands end up, whether you're using spacers, riser bars (or just differently shaped bars), stem length, stem rise, etc.
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I guess my question is, do people prefer to lean forward and have the bars lower for XC? What about downhill?

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I have one flipped on one bike, although usually don't need to, but wanted to get my hands a bit lower on my latest build without buying anything (it's already a fairly flexible stem/bar system for position, a Syntace VRO). It's mostly about where your hands end up, whether you're using spacers, riser bars (or just differently shaped bars), stem length, stem rise, etc.
I have fairly wide bars with a slight rise and slight backward sweep which I am comfortable with for now. They are 4.5" wider than my shoulders on each side (which is basically the width of the grips ). I don't think that's bad, I guess it gives me more control. But the things just get in the way when I climb...Is this what those forward-pointing barends are for? I don't see too many of those any more.

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I have different setups for different bikes, mostly I adjust saddle height with a Gravity Dropper or quick release seat clamp during a ride. Definitely lower my saddle for extended downhills except when the downhill is just a smooth trail or service road, then probably wouldn't bother. I consider my optimal pedaling seat height the benchmark and lower from there for specific conditions (where the Gravity Dropper makes this a no-brainer, when you come to that condition you just adjust your saddle instantly and then return to optimal pedaling position just as easily). On my most "xc" bikes my bars are longer and lower than on my bigger "am" sort of bikes, though.
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Yes, you can. Try it - it isn't that much of a hassle.

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Depends how flexible the back is and how technical the single track.

Anything gnarly and I would get the bars to around saddle height. but if you want speed and only see about 10ft in front of you- then flip it.

Only time I flip the stem nowadays is on a long road ride and I want the aerodynamic position it gives.
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