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    2008 Cervelo Carbon Soloist build...is the headset too high?

    Hi all,

    Want some advice on the way I placed the handle bar.

    I am 5'8 and the frame is a 54cm. Some of my friends are convinced that it is too high...but this is quite comfortable...I am thinking to lower it.... any thoughts?


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    Thanks in advance for your replies.

    Anura

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    How high you set your bars is a personal thing, but what you have done there is actually dangerous. You should have no more than 40mm worth of spacers under your stem. As it stands now you have way too much leverage on an unsupported steerer tube.

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    This was my first build. Thanks soo much for your advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anura View Post
    This was my first build. Thanks soo much for your advice!
    Not a problem. You might want to test ride a bike such as a Felt Z series, Cannondale Synapse, or Specialized Roubaix, likely in a 52cm. This will give you a slightly more relaxed seating position, a taller headtube and will result in a more "typical" setup.

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    I am guessing the steering tube is carbon fiber and if that is the case then it has too many spacers. If you want the bars that high you have a couple of options.

    You could get a fork with a metal steering tube and use that many spacers with your current stem.
    You could also use a high rise stem with only 40-50mm of spacers. I think the 1st option looks better but the 2nd is much cheaper.

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    Among other possibilities, a different selection of handlebars and / or rotation and lever placement would allow for an equivalent hand position with a much smaller spacer stack.

    Just a thought.
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