Mountain Bike Custom Gears & Parts : How to Change a Bike’s Handlebar Stem

Mountain Bike Custom Gears & Parts : How to Change a Bike’s Handlebar Stem


If you’re taller or shorter than normal, or
intend to use your bike for a slightly different purpose than what the manufacturer equipped
it for, you’ll find that you might want to change the handlebar stem on your bike. This
is a hundred and ten millimeter long stem, or eleven centimeter long stem, depending
on how you look at things. It’s a fairly standard length for a general use bike. It’s about
the length that would normally come equipped on this bike. I’ve put a shorter stem on this
bike for more direct steering input, and especially to change my center of gravity when I’m riding
it. The biggest reason that we’ll change stem from a longer stem to a shorter stem is to
make it ride differently. A longer stem puts more weight over the front end of the bike,
which makes it a little bit easier to lower your center of gravity and change how you’re
cornering, and stuff like that. And the shorter stem, allows you to loft the front wheel easier
over obstacles and have a little bit more leverage over the front wheel instead of the
front wheel having more leverage over you.