Questions tagged [stem]

The stem is the part of the bicycle that secures the handlebars to the fork.

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Why is my stem shim angled?

This is what my stem shim looks like: Why is it angled like that? Does it have a purpose? I lowered my handlebars and with that angle it looks hideous. The stem sticks out over the spacers now. When ...
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Reducer for 1“ fork and 1 1/8” stem

So I have a steel road bike which orignially had a 1" threaded fork. I replaced it for a ahead fork and have been using this with a 1" Ahead stem without issues. The stem was just a temporary ...
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Replacing stem bolts

Rather than replace the stem on every rusty bike I come across, I want to replace some stem bolts which are rusted, cheap original ones. I know they can differ in size a bit so I would get some that ...
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Is a long, high angle stem safe to use with a carbon steerer?

I purchased a hardly used road bike someone else had built up for a deal a few weeks ago, and am a bit disappointed with the fit - it's fine for rides less than a couple hours, but too aggressive for ...
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Adjustable stem busted - Do I need to replace the whole stem?

Today on my 2018 Pegasus Solero the adjustable stem broke. Probably due to overtightening of the righthand screw the nut at the left side of the stem tore free (see images). The question is, whether ...
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Broken bearing cover near stem

I have a small issue with a bearing cover/seal (not sure how it's called properly) that I would like to fix. I'm attaching the picture for clarity. I imagine I should just replace the part but I have ...
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How can I move the handlebars on a mountain bike close to the rider without affecting handling and control?

I recently finished building up a mountain bike, with the help of a friend. My initial rides - a few miles, nothing too extensive yet - revealed that I need to move the handlebars a bit up and back ...
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Screw cap stuck in adjustable stem connection, how to remove or reattach?

I was trying to detach my handlebar, because lowering was insufficient to make my bicycle fit in my box. I detached the long screw going connecting two lids thereby fastening the stem-handlebar ...
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Measuring stem clamp / handlebar diameter

I have a new-ish Bianchi Cortina hybrid that I'm trying to find suitable drop bars for, but I can't figure out the proper size to get. It seems like the bars mostly come in 25.4mm, 26mm and 31.8mm. ...
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How can I tilt up a stem of my bike's handlebar which is held by two bolts?

I bought a second hand hybrid bike and would like to adjust the stem of the handlebars such that I can ride it in a more upright position. The following photo shows a side view of the stem with an ...
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Handlebar of my bike will not bolt onto the front forks

I decided I'd like to remove my front brake from my bmx, but having looked closer i realised I was looking at a gyro brake system. I proceeded anyway, thinking this wasn't going to be a problem, and I ...
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Tightening steerer expander/compressor and spacer positions with a carbon fork

I had ugly clicking noises coming from the headset before and after a warranty exchange of a fork (the reason for the exchange was on the other end). I have identified the clicking as coming from the ...
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What's the difference in threaded and threadless headset and stem

What's the difference in threadless and threaded headsets and stems? Why change it? is it because it's easier for maintenance?
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French handlebar fit

I have an Atax stem ('85 Peugeot). Original steel handlebars are 25 mm. Is it prudent to spread the stem to accommodate Nitto 25.4 randonneur bars?
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Rust proof or not the outside of a steel steerer column beneath the stem

I have a new steel frame which I am building up. I intend to rust proof this first by using Waxoyl made by Hammerite which I will use on the inside of the frame and forks. Should I use this on the ...
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What's this part from inside the steering tube?

I wanted to replace a stem with a new one, so I first tried to screw the top cap off. What happened is that instead of the cap, the piece in the picture came out. What is the name? Is it bad that it ...
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Can tricep pain be cause by having a smaller bike frame?

Some context, my boyfriend bought a used carbon frame bike because it was a good deal, I feel like recent tricep soreness is caused by his biking on a bike that is too small for him or wrongly ...
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Minimum insert for stem: line or arrow

I would like to raise my handlebar and have come across the following markings on my stem. Can I raise this stem only until the upper arrow disappears or does "Min Insert" refer to the line below and ...
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Tall rider - good cockpit/body position for downhill

I have been riding mountain bikes since a long time, and I am riding only downhill/bikeparks since 2009. I've had several bikes, but I've never been in a real comfortable position when riding (or if I ...
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Removing top cap and stem from Acros headset?

I recently bought a used Canyon Ultimate that has an Acros headset on it. I'm trying to remove the stem but for the life of me can't figure out how to take it off. The top cap doesn't have a vertical ...
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how much can i raise my stem?

I've got one of these stems: It's currently fully inserted into the bike, and it's too low for me. Can I simply loosen it, raise it 5cm and tighten it again? What's the minimum length that should ...
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Can anyone help me identify this stem binder nut

This nut (pictured) fits the binder bolt from a vintage 3ttt stem. I would like to know the name of this nut, or the type of nut this is so that I can try to buy more. So far, I've found similar ...
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How can I find the perfect handlebar height?

I test-rode a bike (2018 Specialized Rockhopper Sport) and I liked everything except the height of the handlebars, and it's the XL size so there's no larger option available. I feel like it would be ...
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Lowering the stem on a Canyon Endurace

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 ...
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What fork size is 32mm (inside diameter on the frame) considered?

Good day, I'm new to the whole bike building process, but I've finally decided to make the step and build a semi-nice bike. I've bought a really nice aluminium frame 2nd hand, but its sizing has me ...
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Bar diameter for Genesis Croix de fer 20 (2015)

I would like to switch my stem for angle adjustable one and I am having trouble identifying the clamp size for the Gensis, Croix de Fer 20 (2015). I do not see the stem/bar clamp spec listed. There ...
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Adjustable stem issue

Hello I have a quill adjustable stem on a Raleigh Royale. (The bike is an absolute dream to ride, wonderful seat and great gearing) My issue is that the handlebars wobble, both front and back and side ...
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Can´t remove BMX stem top cap bolt (won´t loosen)

I was trying to remove the handlebar and stem of my bike in order to be replace them. The bike has got a BMX stem and the top cap bolt is spinning freely in both clock and counterclockwise. Any idea ...
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Replacing stem on non-oversize bars

I have a road bike from Circa 2003 and it currently boasts an ITM Millenium stem. The stem is a bit long for my liking at around 130mm and I was thinking of replacing it with a shorter one for a ...
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The stem connects the handlebars to the…?

If this is a stem... ... what's this? I'm asking because I need to buy a taller one so I don't have to bend over as far. It's not convenient to buy a new bike, and I already have an adjustable stem ...
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Long Quill Stem?

I picked up a used mid 1990s Serotta Colorado CSI (lugged steel) bike. It is a size 54L which in Serottas from that era means it has a 54 seat tube but a 55 top tube. The size was not intentional, it ...
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Bike fit: Adjusting stem angle vs. height

I'm playing with my fit a bit as I have gotten much more flexible since I had a bike fit 2 years ago (+1 to stretching and foam rolling.) As I'm experimenting with drop I am wondering if it makes ...
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How to read stem measurements?

I'm thinking of getting a shorter stem for my road bike. But I don't understand how they measure in terms of lenth and angle. I measured it from center to center and it came up to 4.25 inches. I'm ...
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Carbon steerer with expander plug under the stem, should I be worried?

I just bought a custom fixed gear frame that comes with a carbon fork with carbon steerer, off a guy who already cut the steerer lower than the stem so that the cap can sit flush on the stem. Normally ...
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Problem at bottom of threaded stem

I just bought 2002 Specialized Expedition Elite 3×9 speed bike. The bike comes with stock threaded stem. It was taken apart for service. And upon reassembly the bottom of the stem is catching and not ...
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Should I be able to 'manually' rotate the headset?

When I wrap my fingers around my roadie's headset, I'm able to 'rotate' some parts of it freely around. Should this be happening? If it should not be happening, what is causing this and is it ...
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Quill stem bolt is covered

I've just got a new bike (ordered online). It came all assemebled except for the handlebar stem (quill type) which is completely sideways. I believe I need to loosen the stem bolt and reorient it, ...
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Replace / Repair Diamondback bike stem

I have a Diamondback Edgewood 26" hybrid bike. I believe it is a 2008 model. Mostly it's a great bike and it certainly serves my needs right now. However, the stem has become loose so the ...
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Raising the bars on a stock Giant Escape Hybrid

I have a stock Giant Escape 1 Hybrid which I would like to raise the handle bars on for a more upright position. I'm looking for comfort not speed on my commute. Am I right in thinking the easiest ...
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Raising handlebars using a stem raiser on B'twin Triban 500

I've just got a second hand B'twin Triban 500. The seat goes easily high enough, but I've not used a road bike before and the handlebars are far too low for me, even with all the spacers in place. I ...
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How do I adjust this adjustable quill stem? Any ideas? [SOLVED]

I can't tilt lower the stem. There is a bolt underneath the horizontal stem. I loosened it and am able to tilt the stem up from 30 to 40 degrees. I want to lower it though but for some reason cannot ...
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How to adjust the handlebar alignment with front wheel?

I have the follwing stem My handlebar is a bit too much right and I am not sure what screw(s) I have to loosen the one on top (in the headset) or the two left on the picture above or maybe all of ...
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Upgrading my cockpit- brakes, stem and bars for longer reach

I want to upgrade my cockpit so that I have a longer reach. I currently use it as my city bike. Its an old vintage HR bates frame. Currently the stem is a little short. I want to change the bars - ...
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Straight 1" OD quill stem for Townie

I have an Electra Townie with handlebars offset 2 1/8" forward of stem tube. Is there a replacement quill stem available that would line up handlebars with stem tube? Center of handlebars needs to ...
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Combining flat bar and aerobar: Double stem setup or alternatives?

I'm currently running a pair of clip-on aerobars (Syntace C2) on my long distance touring bike. I've set the aerobars up quite high, as for me they are not so much about the aero-part (though it still ...
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Custom dutch bike project [closed]

Here I am a Kiwi in the Netherlands with a little dutch bike project underway. The internal of the steerer tube is 19.3mm (give or take) so I am unable to put a 1" - 1" 1/4 (32mm Handlebar diameter) ...
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Is there a difference between mountain and road stems?

I see them advertised as being good for one or the other. Is there really a difference? Or is it just a marketing gimmick?
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Can a hybrid bike's stem be slammed to make it nearly as fast and powerful as a road or cyclocross bike?

Can a hybrid bike's stem be slammed to make it nearly as fast and powerful as a road or cyclocross bike? More aggressive positions are thought to improve power transfer. That means a better workout ...
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Wobbly stem: serious issue or not?

I went test riding a second hand bike. During the test I have found that the stem was wobbly around the axis defined by the red star in the picture. I have tried changing the tilt of the stem to ...
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Why does my stem have no bolts?

I am fixing this bike for a friend. The headset is wobbly. All the instructions I find online for how to tighten it stress loosening the stem bolts first, but this bike has none. Is that why, despite ...