I want to try a slammed stem but don't want to cut the steerer tube. Do I have to?

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    No, just move any spacers from below the stem to on top of it.
    – DavidW
    Mar 26, 2021 at 16:49
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    @DavidW That's a valid answer. In fact, it would probably be better not to cut the steerer, in case the OP wants to sell the bike later, or even if they want to change their mind about their position.
    – Weiwen Ng
    Mar 26, 2021 at 16:57
  • Thanks guys very helpful
    – Charlie
    Mar 26, 2021 at 16:58
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    You can also invert the stem from angled up to angled down.
    – mikes
    Mar 26, 2021 at 18:53
  • I think that having an excessively tall chimney might pose a safety risk if u happen to fall over the bars though ..
    – HC Tang
    Mar 29, 2021 at 3:03

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No, just move any spacers from below the stem to on top of it.

Don't cut the steerer in case you want to sell the bike later, or even if you change your mind later.

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    You should cut the steerer if you choose to keep the slammed position, it is a safety risk not to mention looks absurd. Future possible owners are welcome to replace the fork.
    – Noise
    Mar 26, 2021 at 22:04
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    Can you explain the risks?
    – ojs
    Mar 27, 2021 at 14:00
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    @JoeK Please feel free to add an answer, maybe addressing ojs's question. Mar 27, 2021 at 14:55
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    It sounds more like an irrational fear suitable for people who come up with expressions like "wedding vegetables". If the risk was serious, racing rules would require top tube pads and cup protectors instead of helmets.
    – ojs
    Mar 27, 2021 at 22:45
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    When going over the bars (OTB) the bike pivots about the front axle. That turns the stem out of harm's way. It might be different when smashing into something as high as the front wheel. But in that case one might worry about something a bit more serious than bruises to their gonads. Such as not dying.
    – gschenk
    Mar 28, 2021 at 9:21

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