I am currently demoing a 2019 Cannondale Fat Caad 2. Never owned a fat bike before. This bike is relatively light and they are on clearance right now at a local bike shop that I ride with and do business with.
The problem I am running into (and it seems to be a common complaint of this particular model) is that the front is too low. The bike shop owner says I can raise the handlebars using a different stem and handlebars. I get that. I've done it with my Fuji Jari and my cheap mountain bike.
But I think it would need to be a bit more extreme with this bike, and so I'd like to understand the effect from a riding perspective that this will cause. I'm not a bike geometry expert, but I get some of the general idea.
I'll mostly be using this bike for 2 things: Winter snow riding (not on extreme terrain) and all season all-terrain riding (not on extreme terrain). I'm not big on technical stuff, but I like to explore and ride a bike in all weather and wherever I can.
I generally keep my center of gravity over the pedals (light on the hands) and spend a decent amount of time out of the saddle.
So my question boils down to: What effect will raising the handlebars have on how the bike will handle, and ultimately, is this a legit thing for me to do for my riding style or would I be better off looking into a different fat bike with a different geometry?