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Changing stem length on CX bike

Old 10-21-21, 12:56 PM
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Changing stem length on CX bike

My singlespeed cyclocross bike is an All City Nature Boy with a 49 cm frame. The All City bikes tend to run a bit bigger so it is closer to a small frame than an extra-small frame. The bike came with a 90 mm stem. I got a mini bike fit and then went with a 70 mm stem. I then subsequently got a more thorough bike fit from a different person.

Since my bike fit, I have been wondering if I should go with a 80 mm stem? The 70 mm stem is shorter than the stems on the other bike (which are 80-90 mm long). At the same time, my singlespeed bike is 1-2 centimeters longer than all of my other bikes. I haven’t had issues with my stem, but would consider changing stems if doing so had any benefits. Also, is having a short stem on a cyclocross bike beneficial in terms of handling, specifically steering? In terms of the riding I do on this bike, I now use this bike almost exclusively on cyclocross courses (both for training and racing). I only want to change the stem if the pros of doing so outweigh the cons.
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Old 10-22-21, 06:22 PM
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Only you can decide whether splitting the difference is worth it for you or not. There is no metric regarding what sort of bike category should use a longer or shorter stem. Other than meeting your own needs or preferences, its mostly a matter of reach as well as top tube length.

80mm could be a fine idea, although I'd probably leave it the way it is. You can look into a few other cyclcross bikes your size and see how they compare in terms of top tube length/reach and stem/drop bar reach sizes.
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Old 10-23-21, 02:35 PM
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The "pros" for changing your stem will only be for if it uncomfortable or too agile in handling for you currently. If you aren't complaining of either now, then why chance making one of those a problem?
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Thanks for the info. After consideration, I have decided to not change the length of the stem.
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