Fitting a longer stem – Genesis Latitude
Currently pondering fitting a longer stem, but just considering possible side effects.
I’ve had the bike a while and think i’d prefer more reach.
Current stem is 80mm, so was thinking of getting 100mm.
i.e. is it more likely to lift the front wheel on steep climbs? and worse on steep descents?
Or will the difference be negligible…Posted 4 years agoroverpigSubscriber
Although conventional wisdom states that wide bars and short stems are best, I found that moving from a 75mm stem to a 100mm stem on my Kinesis FF29 just made it feel right. Don’t ask me why, it doesn’t make any sense, but a 75mm stem felt wrong, a 50mm stem felt worse, but with a 100mm stem it just seems to fit.Posted 4 years agobuzz-lightyearMember
By that rationale steep descents would be worse too
It’s not like you lean on your handlebar when descending; you balance on your pedals and the front-centre of the bike is not altered by changing the stem, it’s a property of the frame. With a longer stem you naturally compensate by getting your chest lower, which is a good thing. But you might have problems reaching if your bike already has a longish top-tube. It all depends on the bike.Posted 4 years ago
@Jamie – its a 19″, I’m about 6’1″, there is still plenty of seatpost in the frame.
@roverpig- cheers, interesting to hear – I’ve seen some cheap FSA stems on ebay, so I might give it a go.
I don’t know if its because I’m coming from an old Kona that has a more stretched position compared to the Genesis, which is what I’d class as as having new-style/modern geometry i.e. wider bars and shorter stem – perhaps I’m just trying to replicate the riding position I have on my Kona!Posted 4 years ago
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