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    6, 10, or 17 degres stem

    I need a new stem. Been using a 6 degree.

    Between the three: 6, 10, 17, should I try them all or just stay with the 6 degree?

    Any advice would be appreciated on the pros and cons of each stem degree



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    6, 10, or 17 degres stem

    Is there a fit/comfort issue you're having with your current stem? If not, I think I'd stay with the 6 degree.
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    If you have to ask, then you shouldn't change it. It's really a combination of rider position, frame size and geometry, intended use of bicycle, any physical discomfort, handlebar type, shifter type, and on and on and on that determine if you need a different stem.

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    6, 10, or 17 degres stem

    I use a -17 only because it is aligned with my horizontal top tube.

    If it was sloping I would use a -6

    That is if the frame is properly sized btw
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    It depends on where you want the bars to be. The only pros or cons to stem angle are does it put the bars where you want them? (Other than those who have an aesthetic preference, of course.)

    Stem Chart is a visual stem calculator. Put in what you have now in one, and use the second to figure out where you want the bars to be, or where the second stem will put the bars.

    The default when you first visit the site shows two ways to get the bars to the same place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brucew View Post
    It depends on where you want the bars to be. The only pros or cons to stem angle are does it put the bars where you want them? (Other than those who have an aesthetic preference, of course.)...
    Exactly. Proper fit and preference determines where the bars need to go with respect to the saddle in reach and height. The angle and length of the stem along with the height of any spacers under it are what physically mounts the bars in the desired position. Within limits, you can trade of spacers with stem angle.
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    You should probably just stop right now and make an appt with the LBS for a proper Retul or Guru fitting. It's well worth it.

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