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12/29/2010 9:19 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/29/2010 9:19 AM

do you set your bike up for a "jack of all trades" stem length, climbing-inspired stem length or downhill-inspired stem length?

i'm on an 85mm easton haven stem. at first i thought it was going to be too long on descents, but i've grown to like it quite a bit.


12/29/2010 9:30 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/29/2010 10:43 AM

70mm Spank Oozy on a Medium bike...I'm 5'10" with short legs. 50mm on everything else.



12/29/2010 10:28 AM

i think a point 1 50mm or 70mm would be dialed.


12/29/2010 10:54 AM

I'm 6'2" and I still like to run shorter stem. I stick with the 50mm.


Dallas Pynchon

12/29/2010 11:33 AM

6'4", 50 mm stem.

Longer than 60 mm stems weird me out.


12/29/2010 11:46 AM

50mm Answer DJ stem on my XC cycle, no bigger! 29.5" carbon Answer Pro Taper bars. All the XC guys make fun of me for the short stem but I blow them away in the twisty stuff... suckerssss!


12/29/2010 12:01 PM

I use:
50mm 0* rise Hope
70mm 10* rise Race Face

I think the 70 is perfect for climbing and descending, I have raced DH on it, yet still go trail riding with it! I do have wide bars though if that makes a difference.


I ride DH, I live DH, I breathe DH, I love DS

12/29/2010 12:11 PM

70mm lately. I don't think I could stay comfy on the climbs I do with a 50.


12/29/2010 12:20 PM

50mm 0 rise
16" hardtail running 100mm forks
5'6" rider

slainte wink rob


12/29/2010 12:21 PM

70mm Thomson on the Cube Stereo 140mm travel bike with Rockshox Revelation 150mm fork.


12/29/2010 12:36 PM

80mm / 0deg Thomson on a Lg Yeti 575 25th Anniversary.
It seems to be a good compromise for climbing and descending.
I'm 6'1".



12/29/2010 12:38 PM

I tried 65mm and it made the climb a little better but I still would rather ride a 50mm. I still have more fun jumping off little rocks than climbing so I set my bike up to favor going down.


12/29/2010 1:29 PM

depending on the bike either 60mm or 65mm


12/29/2010 2:12 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/29/2010 2:13 PM

6'2" and run a 50mm with a 29" bar on my XC hard tail. Top tube trends are getting longer these days and it makes for an awesome feeling bike. I don't notice any loss in climbing compared to a 90mm stem with a 27" bar. but the rest of the ride is so much better with a short and wide setup. Keeps me more neutral and centered in the bike. anything over a 90 and it just means I need the next size up frame.


12/29/2010 2:35 PM

i had a 60mm on before the 85 and was super nervous about the length increase on the 85, but i'm pretty stoked on it. surprised me, really.


12/29/2010 2:40 PM

40mm for my Alpine 160, they have pretty long top tube, I'm not bothered during climbs and I prefer to be comfy in switchbacks !


12/29/2010 3:55 PM

I'm 5'6" and I ride a 90mm stem, slammed, and upside down on my 29 hardtail! I like it long and low since I spend 75% of the time going uphill on that bike. Short stems on my other bikes.


12/29/2010 6:24 PM

recently switched from 50mm to 35mm on size small bike with 21.5". didn't know what to expect but climbs good still when adjust fork travel down and is supreme for the dh. Much more comfy for steep, loose, techy. gonna stick with it.



12/29/2010 6:35 PM

70mm stem
28.5" wide bars
40" bar height
Intense Tracer


12/29/2010 6:59 PM

6'3" and I run a 40mm stem. The bike is still longer than my DH (tt) and it can still feel real long. It still climbs like a machine and I don't get a sore back like back in the day.


Why walk when you can ride? I hate walking!

12/29/2010 7:14 PM

50mm answer rove dj stem on my trailbike...super sick


12/29/2010 9:10 PM

Using a 60mm with a 10 degree rise in it. On a DiamondBack Mission 1 med. Am 6ft tall. Long in the leg but short in the back. Pretty comfy too.


12/29/2010 11:27 PM

75mm. Its the shortest I can go and still keep the front wheel down. I have the bike set up to climb the 3000 feet I can descend.


Memory Pilot Sox, Mudguards, Custom Mudguards

12/30/2010 3:33 AM

40mm, because i like the direct feel


12/30/2010 6:52 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/30/2010 1:10 PM

I'm running a 40mm Holzfeller on a med Santa Cruz Blur 4X that I use for my trail bike w/ fox 36 talas.


12/30/2010 7:46 AM

5' 9"
Medium Stumpjumper
70mm Point One Racing stem
Feels great most everywhere

The Enduro DH has a 50mm


12/30/2010 8:35 AM

I've got a 70mm for about 99% of the time. But if I'm going to do quick shuttles on my trail biek I've got a 50mm as well. The short stems suck for climbing and I've got a few hills where I live.


Who wants to make robot costumes?

12/30/2010 9:24 AM

50mm on the f/s trail bike and 60mm on the h/t trail bike.


12/30/2010 9:27 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/30/2010 9:28 AM

I'm 6' and run 50mm BlkMrkt stems on all bikes. I swapped to an 80mm for about three days this summer, and just couldn't deal with it. How did I ever ride that 140mm control tech back in the day???


BMA Film Festival coordinator

12/30/2010 9:34 AM

It depends on the bike! If the top tube is on the long side, definitely a 50mm but if the frame is short I reach for a 70mm.