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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:05 pm 
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Do you lose many style points if you use a zero degree stem to reduce drop distance? - I am getting older and am thinking of an Easton EC 90 SL +/- 0 degree stem for my latest build

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 2:27 pm 
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Yes, same as with spacers, tilted seats, padded seats. Etc.

However, the solution is simple: Don't post pics, just make sure your fit is good for you and go out and ride :)

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 7:03 pm 
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The coolness rule is that stem angle MUST match top tube angle.

So if you use a 90° stem, just be prepared to ride in shame and know that almost everyone else is snickering at you every time they see you.





The only compensation can be to make sure they are always snickering from behind you.....waaaay behind you.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 10:35 pm 
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Rick wrote:
The coolness rule is that stem angle MUST match top tube angle.


Bugger - I have a horizontal top tube - I guess I will have to spend all my time riding up inclines to get the angles right :D

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:08 pm 
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Depends on the bike- But I think a zero rise is 10X cooler than a pile of spacers or a sore back.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:59 pm 
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Marin wrote:
the solution is simple: Don't post pics


agreed. do what works for you and try not to let style impact upon fit.

don't tell anyone, but I've got 20mm of spacers under my stem. I ride around on my 58cm with my buddies who are all on slammed 54s and my bars are miles above theirs, like my drops are at their hoods.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 12:05 am 
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Like everything else it is about balance.

If you can get away with a spacer 'stack' that is fitting with frame size, then I would rather see this with a frame-parallel stem, than a rising stem but no spacers. If you need both, then so be it - fit trumps all.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 12:52 am 
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It doesn't matter as long as your bartape matches your saddle.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 2:28 pm 
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Ride what works for you. I have a plus rise stem because the guy I got the frame from had cut the steerer too short for spacers. NOBODY has ever said a word.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 4:09 pm 
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know whats really uncool?

asking about "style points"


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 1:35 am 
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dogg wrote:
know whats really uncool?

asking about "style points"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWdd6_ZxX8c

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 4:17 am 
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I have no choice atm but to use this stem to get my position...I don't like it but it works for me...

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 7:56 am 
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Lucky man!

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I also like the "Cone" style headset top caps, because they sort of obscure the fact that they are just as tall as an extra 15mm or so spacer.


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If you need a zero degree, maybe you need a larger frame? Most frames these days have taller head tubes anyway. I have the opposite problem. I could probably fit a 56 well, but most head tubes these days are too tall for me so I have to run a 120mm -17deg stem, and a lot of exposed seatpost.

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