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Old 06-13-09, 12:13 PM   #1
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stem length for road bars

i am in the process of changing over to road bars on my mtb tandem. if anyone has done this before, how much shorter stem did you go to? current stem is a 100mm. i will have to order, and i'm trying to limit the trial and error as much as possible.


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That's a question not easily answered. The best way to approach this is to duplicate the setup you have for your road bike, if you own one. Otherwise, its total trial & error.
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Stem length varies to get your body in a comfortable position. You also need to consider stem rise. The question is what stem will put the bars where you will be comfortable. You may be able to borrow an ajustable stem from your local bike shop with the intention of buying a fixed (lighter weight) stem from them once you determine you needs.
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It also depends on which road bars you use.
The reach and shape varies greatly.
You are most likely going to be putting your body into a lower more stretched out position which is not necessarily a bad thing. You might want to look for bars that have a short reach, there are several to choose from. You could visit a LBS that has a fit bike and they could let you try different positions. This would make it less trial and error.
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