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I have a Canyon Endurace XL frame with a 110mm stem which I currently have slammed. I've started racing this year and am very comfortable in the drops for the entire race, which makes me think that I might have room to go a little lower. Would I be better getting a stem of the same length but with a -17deg angle which would effectively buy me another 21mm to play with? Or should I go for a longer reach? Or both?

  • Can you flip the stem? That's probably the cheapest option. – Criggie May 9 '17 at 4:51
  • Road bikes generally come with the stem pointing down. Canyon is no exception. – ojs May 9 '17 at 19:44
  • Yes the stem is turned down already so that option's out. New stem is the next cheapest option before replacing the frame. – Dazzamac May 10 '17 at 7:29
  • Have a look at bike shops on your area, if you're lucky one might have something like a Giant Powerfit that they'll let you play with to try out stem lengths and drops in exchange for buying from them. – alex Jun 7 '17 at 4:19
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It really depends on your body proportions. Canyons have very high head tubes, so -17 degree stem is nothing out of ordinary. Longer stem is a good idea if you feel that the cockpit is too short.

For reach, in my opinion a classic bend bar is better than "ergo" because it has longer reach on the drops, which increases the difference between hoods and drops.

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Depending on your body proportions you should go for a longer stem. 1cm longer is a huge difference already and will make you much more aero.

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