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Slammin' dat Stem?

Old 04-09-17, 06:06 PM
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Slammin' dat Stem?

Guys have you slammed them already?

For those who have, how is it?

For those who havent, why not?

Kindly share your thoughts pls, thanks!
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Old 04-09-17, 06:11 PM
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No, it's too low for me. Doesn't work for everybody.
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Old 04-09-17, 06:30 PM
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I do have mine slammed but I'm using riser bars now not my drops so nbd.
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Old 04-09-17, 06:47 PM
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Eddy Merckx told me not to.
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Old 04-09-17, 07:27 PM
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I can't get mine high enough, so no slammin' for me.
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Old 04-09-17, 07:44 PM
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Probably last place I need to slam my stem



But sometimes only style is what counts

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Old 04-09-17, 08:02 PM
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im currently slammajamma'd with 720 wide flat bars. I like it. I'm hip.
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Old 04-10-17, 12:02 AM
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My understanding that a slammed stem is negative rise, no spacers. Is this not right? Mine is currently on the positive rise, but now that it is up, it needs to be flipped. Can't get comfortable on the bike and I think that it is dialed in for it to be negative. Will be taking care of that Monday am.
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Old 04-10-17, 01:29 AM
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of course.... when the stem is stacked onto of piles of spacers it looks plain ugly to me. The pillar that looks like a giraffes neck looks like you've bought the wrong frame geo. Also its even more ugly with the stem placed in middle or slammed to the bottom with a spacers stacked above it, the stump it leaves sticking out hurts my eyes. The the day i bought my bike i removed all but one small spacer and took a hacksaw to the head tube. Much happier.
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Old 04-10-17, 07:32 AM
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If the slammed stem look makes people happy then go for it.

For me however, how a bike looks is secondary to how it fits - comfort on long rides, injury prevention, optimizing power output, etc.

Slamming the stem because you care what other people think is just pride. I'd rather ride an ugly fast bike than a slow show bike.


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Old 04-10-17, 07:38 AM
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Nope. My back is flat with running a -17 stem with 20mm spacers under it.
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Old 04-10-17, 09:54 AM
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of course.... when the stem is stacked onto of piles of spacers it looks plain ugly to me. The pillar that looks like a giraffes neck looks like you've bought the wrong frame geo. Also its even more ugly with the stem placed in middle or slammed to the bottom with a spacers stacked above it, the stump it leaves sticking out hurts my eyes. The the day i bought my bike i removed all but one small spacer and took a hacksaw to the head tube. Much happier.
Agreed. I am having trouble getting comfortable on my bike. I need the stem to be about an inch or so higher. Like many, I really prefer the look of a slammed stem with a negative rise, but t my neck doesn't agree. I'd rather feel good than look good.
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Old 04-10-17, 10:24 AM
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I've slammed it. It's awesome.
Until your shoulder aches and your neck hurts from being at an uncomfortable angle, and you keep cracking it. and you start applying Ben-Gay on your back because oh my god it hurt.
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Old 04-10-17, 11:36 AM
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There will be no slamming of the stem here!
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I dont slam my stem but most spacers make the stem look ugly. I've never seen an alloy spacer with a smaller diameter that makes it look like part of the stem. Most spacers overlap the stem. Do you guys know what im talking about?
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Old 04-10-17, 01:32 PM
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I dont slam my stem but most spacers make the stem look ugly. I've never seen an alloy spacer with a smaller diameter that makes it look like part of the stem. Most spacers overlap the stem. Do you guys know what im talking about?
You mean most spacers are larger than the stem? Most I've seen are close to a match.
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
You mean most spacers are larger than the stem? Most I've seen are close to a match.
Like this



Im just anal about it

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Old 04-10-17, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by cDiff Notorious View Post
Like this



Im just anal about it
No pic.
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
No pic.
It took a while to figure out
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Old 04-10-17, 02:46 PM
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It took a while to figure out
I see what you mean. That would drive me nuts too.
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I used to race. ON a bike that fit me well. I varied my stem height depending on the race, the time of year and my fitness. Winter it came up, coming slowly down over the summer. Slammed for criteriums. Up for 100 mile races. On my custom bikes, it is usually somewhere in between.

To me, slammed as a matter of course tells me the bike fit is "just barely" there.

I'm going to ride Cycle Oregon fixed with probably 1-2 cms showing and sweet, sweet fit.

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Also its even more ugly with the stem placed in middle or slammed to the bottom with a spacers stacked above it, the stump it leaves sticking out hurts my eyes.
If you have a carbon fiber steering column, it's recommended to leave a bit of it sticking up past the stem, and use at least one small spacer. This is done to minimize risk of it cracking due to the clamping force from the stem right at its edge.
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I prefer to have spacers, good looking colored spacers can be quite nice. I prefer comfort over pretending to be cool or a racer or whatever the case might be.
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Nope, my back said no.

Always best to try long term before committing/ cutting that steerer down.
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I'm using a quill stem adapter and slammed the stem with a positive rise. I love that it looks so ugly, and the reach feels pretty good so far.
My neck ache has gone down between my shoulder blades though.
Weird.
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