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Saddle to handle bar drop distance?

Old 09-01-08, 05:06 PM
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Saddle to handle bar drop distance?

What is the saddle to handle bar drop on your bikes? Is 80 mm (3.1") a lot? I suffer a bit from neck ache and was considering changing the stem. Unfortunately the fork steerer has been cut so that adding more spacers isn't possible. MY LBS suggested the Specialized sWorks stem with adjustable shims.
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Originally Posted by round-the-bend View Post
What is the saddle to handle bar drop on your bikes? Is 80 mm (3.1") a lot? I suffer a bit from neck ache and was considering changing the stem. Unfortunately the fork steerer has been cut so that adding more spacers isn't possible. MY LBS suggested the Specialized sWorks stem with adjustable shims.
more than yours, but not nearly as great as the number of threads that ask this SAME EXACT question.
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Old 09-01-08, 05:15 PM
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What does it matter what anybody else's handlebar drop dimension is? That's like asking what everybody's BB to saddle height is.

If my bike set up was causing my neck to ache, I'd definitely make a change.
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My drop is about 3". The specialized stem is nice; I've got it on one bike, set to a -8*. It's real easy to play with the shims to vary the angle.
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flip a 17degree stem.
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suck it up and get a new fork: if you're buying new components you might as well do it right
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Originally Posted by round-the-bend View Post
What is the saddle to handle bar drop on your bikes? Is 80 mm (3.1") a lot? I suffer a bit from neck ache and was considering changing the stem. Unfortunately the fork steerer has been cut so that adding more spacers isn't possible. MY LBS suggested the Specialized sWorks stem with adjustable shims.
I'll answer your question but it will just prove how it doesn't matter what my drop is compared to yours --- 13cms.
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The cheapest solution is to follow the recommendation of flipping a 17 degree stem. You can also get a 30 degree stem from Ritchey (assuming you have enough stack height in your fork tube). I have a 30 degree stem on my "beater bike" and it works nicely for raising my position. Finally, I'd avoid the adjustable stem solution if possible. Adjustable stems are heavy or expensive, and never cheap and light. At that point you might instead consider putting the money into a new fork, as was also suggested.
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Originally Posted by round-the-bend View Post
What is the saddle to handle bar drop on your bikes? Is 80 mm (3.1") a lot? I suffer a bit from neck ache and was considering changing the stem. Unfortunately the fork steerer has been cut so that adding more spacers isn't possible. MY LBS suggested the Specialized sWorks stem with adjustable shims.
Specialized makes several different stems with the shims (they are at different weights and hence prices). Also note that different shims allow different degrees of adjustment -- 2 degree or 4 degree increments, e.g. It's a good way to try different positions without buying six different stems.
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You might get with a Dr. to determine the nature of the neck pain. It's possible that you just need to build up the muscles that hold your head up, but you don't want to injure yourself. When I used to live near the mountains, my neck would always get tired in the spring time when I would descend for 30 minutes in the drops on long climbs. My neck was just out of shape from a long winter without descents.

You can also get a steerer extender. You don't need spacers on the top part, since the bottom effectively replaces your stem on the steerer and compresses the headset through the spacers. So, you get infinite adjustability on the upper portion of the extender:


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