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im using the same stem (100mm) on my 29er that I was using on my 26in bike. I riding the same type of bar: 10deg sweep flat bar but I run it 20mm wider then before. I feel comfortable on those 680mm bars
I find my position a bit too upright and I would like to make the bike handle faster and more nervous. I know it wont be the same as my 26in bike but I'd like a faster slightly faster handling.
Would using a neg -17deg 100mm stem make any difference in steering speed? Should I go with a shorter stem? Shorter bars? Shorter stem would put me more upright and I think im already a bit too much...
thanks for comments
Shortening the stem will possibly make the steering feel faster, but be aware the shorter you go the more upright you get. The more weight you have over the front wheel the more responsive the bike should feel, so rather than going a shorter stem, try going lower first. You should really choose the stem length to get the right fit on the bike, then adjust height to get your handling/steering right I think.
I run a -30deg stem on my 29er (I am 172cm) which gives me only around 2cm of bar drop from my saddle with the fork still at 100mm.
Im at 100mm travel. I will try a -17d 100mm stem and see what happens. Not sure about reducing the travel as we have some very bumpy stuff arround here, plus, my lbs isnt "qualified" to reduce my rockshox travel...
A -17 stem should bring things down nicely to begin with
Any other comments appreciated
Obviously the ability to wheelie is a pretty minor factor in riding smooth (where smooth=faster), but the steeper and shorter stem does help overall nimbleness....... until you go downhill, you have to have your bum behind the rear-mech or you crash
think im gonna go with a negative 17d stem with same length. I feel reducing the stem length would have me way to upright. I could move my saddle back 5mm also.
I hear what you mean with hanbling faster and feeling faster. I might also reduce the bar width to 660mm like my older bars. I guess its a matter of time, I only been riding the 29er for 10-12 rides now.
You can also try running more sag (lower air pressure) on the fork or less low speed compression which will have the fork run lower in its stroke on corner entry. This will steepen up the head angle and give you faster steering.
If you're just after faster steering like a 26er then you are probably not going to get that on a 29er no matter what mods you make.
That said, I'd been fighting with a front end push on my epic29er for a while, trying all sots of suspension workarounds. In the end, a -17 stem made it all better.
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