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    Stack/reach question

    I am looking at a new bike. Lately I have been getting some niggles in my neck from my position. I could change my position slightly, but would like a touch more upright in my new ride.

    The current front-runner is 11mm higher in stack than my current ride. Is this significant? So, if I had all the spacers set up on both bikes (or no spacers), would that 11mm be felt?

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    Depends. Some people will feel it for sure, some not. You? Who knows?
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    Enough to potentially alleviate neck issues? I get that everyone is different, but I don't want to make a tiny change nor make giant change. Would a 1cm change be about right?

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    They sell spacers as small as 3mm so to some people 11mm would be a very big change.

    The obvious answer would be to move the spacers on your current bike and see if it's noticeable but as it's only a couple of minutes work at most I assumethe steerer's been cut so you can't?

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    And to ad to suicidal's comment, if the is no more room for spacers then maybe flip your stem to get more height. Also, maybe get a bike fit to see if anything else could be adjusted. It'll be a lot cheaper than buying a new bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billiegoat View Post
    I am looking at a new bike. Lately I have been getting some niggles in my neck from my position. I could change my position slightly, but would like a touch more upright in my new ride.

    The current front-runner is 11mm higher in stack than my current ride. Is this significant? So, if I had all the spacers set up on both bikes (or no spacers), would that 11mm be felt?
    In addition to all the comments about the effect of a change, consider doing some exercises to strengthen your neck and improve flexibility. That may be all that's needed to sort yourself.

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    I have had a pro fit, BUT I changed it a bit. The fitter put me on a + angle stem minus a few spacers, but over time, slowly, I flipped the stem to a - angle (looks better to boot) and added some spacers (all of them, so no more room), so the net change was not all that big. Further, I have not been riding as much as I was, so maybe the exercises/stretches might be the ticket.

    Thanks for the replies!

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    If the only reason you want a new bike is to get a more upright position, change to a more upright stem and tilt your bars up slightly. You can get a good 35 degree stem for $30:

    https://www.trekbicyclesuperstore.co...SABEgLMOvD_BwE

    And here's a 30 degree stem for $40:

    https://www.trekbicyclesuperstore.co...m-333850-1.htm

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