My road bike is an '05 Trek 1000 54 cm frame size. The Bontrager carbon fork (Satellite Plus) was destroyed in a non riding accident. I have found on eBay a replacement fork--same model , identical paint scheme, etc. The only difference between these forks is the potential replacement has a steerer tube that measures 250mm compared to 285mm on my broken one. I can remove 3 ten mm spacers from beneath my stem to get the end of the new, shorter steerer into a more appropriate clamping position.
My question is how will the loss of 30mm of stem height affect handling of the bike? How much can a variable like this be altered to be noticable to.the rider? Are there techniques to compensate for the loss of steerer length if I want to keep my current stem? I'll soon be forced to choose whether to purchase this fork or let it go, so any advice or thoughts will be greatly appreciated.