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    Can changing stem length mess with shifting?

    I have the bike in the shop at the moment having them take care of the internal cable routing stuff after my own attempt ended in meltdown. I currently have a 90mm stem on the bike but I find myself reaching a little too far for some reason out of the blue, so I've since ordered an 80mm stem to try out. Mentioning this to the owner, he said something about the cables or housing, but my mind was wondering at the time so I didn't quite pick up the specifics of what he was saying. I told him to just use the current stem as I wasn't sure if the shorter length was going to work out anyway. But if I do decide I like the stem once I throw it on later, would the 10mm difference throw my shifting out of whack?

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    No you'll be fine.

    If you had an 80mm stem, and your cables were sized way too short, then went to a 120mm stem, you could run into issues. But normal stem changes with decent cable routing should never cause issues.
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    That's what I was thinking. But letting my mind wander when the guy was talking about, I just wanted to make sure. It didn't make sense to me that 10mm would good something up. Thanks, tlg.

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    Going shorter would never cause a problem. The problem that can happen if you go too long is the housing is too short. It's not really a cable tension/shifting problem, it's just that you can't move the bars out any further because the housing is too short. Make sense? You wouldn't be pulling on the cable, you'd be pulling on the housing.
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    That's what I figured. Next time when someone is talking I'll have to pay better attention so I don't worry needless about things. Thanks man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wood Devil View Post
    That's what I figured. Next time when someone is talking I'll have to pay better attention so I don't worry needless about things. Thanks man!
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