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

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    You can also invert the stem from angled up to angled down.
    – mikes
    Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 18:53

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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
    Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 22:04
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    Can you explain the risks?
    – ojs
    Commented Mar 27, 2021 at 14:00
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    @JoeK Please feel free to add an answer, maybe addressing ojs's question. Commented 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
    Commented 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
    Commented Mar 28, 2021 at 9:21

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