Should I put a longer stem on my mountain bike?

Should I put a longer stem on my mountain bike?

Using a shorter stem gives the bike quicker handling characteristics and a more responsive feel. A longer stem shifts your body weight towards the front of the bike and puts you in a better pedaling position, especially on those steep climbs.

How does stem length affect MTB handling?

Stem length is one of the most critical factors controlling how your bike handles! Shorter stems allow a rider to more quickly turn the wheel, enhancing the bike’s handling characteristics and feel. This is ideal for downhill, trail, and enduro riders as it allows them to have more responsive handling during descents.

How long should my bike stem be?

Ideally, the stem should be long enough to place some of the rider’s weight over the front wheel to stabilise the steering and improve grip on the road. At the same time, the stem should provide a steering arc that complements the head angle and trail of the bike.

How do I choose the right stem length?

The shorter the stem the shorter the reach. Stem lengths span from 35mm to 130mm. Generally, if you feel too stretched you might need a shorter stem and if you feel to hunched you probably need a longer stem. Proper stem length is dependent on your style of riding and torso length versus leg length.

Is 50mm stem too long?

It depends. If you much prefer descending and hitting jumps, and you’re running a stem longer than 50mm the recommendation I would make would be to try something 50mm or under, you’ll love it. Plenty of riders consider 50mm stem to be too long, and would have switched to a 35 or 40mm years ago.

Is my MTB stem too short?

So from the Mondraker experiment I would say that at least for now 10 mm is too short. From my testing and the testing of our coaches and friends we believe the ideal is 35-50 mm and 60-70 mm a compromise for riders with frames that are too short. Frame length (reach and chainstay) for better bike handling.

How do I know if my stem is too short?

Look down at your bars and see where they line up in relation to your front hub. If the stem is too long the bars will be too far forward and the hub will be aligned behind the bars. If the stem is too short the hub will be aligned in front of the bars.

Is 110mm stem too long?

The sweet spot is generally accepted as being 100mm to 120mm, but not everyone agrees. ‘It’s a bit of a cliché that a too-short stem will over-quicken the handling. ‘We design our bikes around a 110mm stem,’ says Annerstedt, ‘but there’s no single ideal stem length.

How do I know my bike stem size?

Length or reach is the horizontal measurement of your bike stem. It is measured from the center of your steer tube to the center of your handlebar clamp along the central axis of your stem. Stem length typically ranges from 60mm to 150mm with some outliers in the extremes.

Do I need a shorter stem?

Put simply, if you want a racy, aggressive and aerodynamic position, a longer stem will provide a more stretched out riding position. If comfort is your top priority, a shorter stem length will bring the bars closer to the saddle and put you in a more upright position, placing less strain on your back.

Is my bike stem too long?

You don’t want your arms locked out straight, that’s a sign of a stem that is too long. If the stem length is correct, the handlebars should completely hide the front hub. If you can see the hub in front of the handlebar, the stem is too short.

What size of bike stem should you have?

Personal preferences and feel of the bike.

  • Level of flexibility
  • Bodily measurements 1. Leg length 2. Arms length (wingspan-to-height ratio) 3. Torso&back length
  • Bike frame measurements – top tube length,seat tube length
  • How to choose the right bike stem length?


  • Performance
  • Steering and handling
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    What diameter are mountain bike bars? Modern mountain bike handlebars can be found in 31.8 mm and 35 mm widths.

  • How wide are mountain bike handlebars? Mountain bike handlebars range from 680 mm – 800 mm wide.
  • What is the stem of a bike? The stem is the component that connects the handlebars to the steering tube of the fork.
  • How to change a mountain bike stem?

    Mountain bike stem criteria #3 – Clamp diameter. While the trends seem to change every few years, there really are just two choices when it comes down to picking a clamp diameter for modern mountain bikes. 35 mm clamps seem to be the most common width that modern bikes come with nowadays, but 31.5 mm clamps are very popular as well.