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  • Longer stem to make bike less twitchy?
  • markenduro
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    I’ve got an 80mm stem on the scandal 29er,been out tonight and it was twitchy as ****, although part of that was down to the tyres being no good for the conditions (kenda karma, good on rocks, shite on mud). Will putting a longer stem on make it a bit more stable or do I need wider bars (currently 600mm wide)?

    TandemJeremy
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    Neither will have any effect on the steering geometry – only on the weight distribution ( very slight) and feel. You may have more control with wider bars.

    Woody
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    As TJ says but a longer stem will at least get more weight over the front.

    KINGTUT
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    A longer stem will make your steering less twitchy.

    MrNutt
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    wider bars mean that you have to move your arms slightly more to steer as much,

    so yes they could make it less twitchy.

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