I am having neck pains a hour or so into riding, have been told I should try raising the bar height.

I have tried adjustable riser stems but cannot get on with them. The only other option is a Steer extender, but I have only seen Aluminium ones, and have read attaching this to a Carbon Fork would be dangerous.

Does anyone really know if this the case?

Or would anyone know of Steer extender in Carbon?

  • Is this a road bike or an MTB? And how long have you been riding for more than an hour?
    – andy256
    Aug 30, 2015 at 9:37
  • It's a carbon road bike, ride upto 3 hours
    – Savio
    Aug 30, 2015 at 9:44
  • While you misunderstood the how long part, clearly you've been riding these distances a while. So how long has it been happening with this bike?
    – andy256
    Aug 30, 2015 at 9:48
  • Sorry about 10 months now, having frequent breaks to keep pain at bay.
    – Savio
    Aug 30, 2015 at 9:56
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    Any steerer extender is dangerous on a carbon steerer because it ads to much leverage. But some carbon forks do have aluminium steerers.With those an extension would be fine. Another way to alleviate the pain is to alternate frequently between riding on the top of the bar to riding on the hoods. Neck pain is often caused by over tense muscles in shoulders and upper back. Have yourself videoed by a friend and check your position on the bike.
    – Carel
    Aug 30, 2015 at 11:39

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You said in a comment that you switched from a 100mm stem to 120mm, this made it worse so you went back. I suggest you try an 80mm stem, maybe it will be even better.

As for raising the bars, you do have some options:

  1. Get a high-rise stem. There are plenty available, look for 25 degrees or even more. Like this: http://salsacycles.com/culture/new_promoto_25_degree_stems
  2. Try a riser road bar, like this: http://www.fullspeedahead.com/products/handlebars-road/k-wing-compact-handlebar/
  3. Lower your seat. This raises the bars' relative position, which may help. Don't lower the seat too much though.
  4. Buy a new fork. Either get a longer steer tube which you can put more spacers on, or get a carbon-legs, aluminum-crown model which you can use a steerer extension tube in.
  • I'd also suggest getting a professional bike fit to the list above, explaining that you're experiencing neck pain with your current setup. Best of luck.
    – ynnekkram
    Jan 4, 2016 at 10:42

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