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« on: June 23, 2009, 09:20:58 PM »
is there a way to adjust the height of my bars. i would like them to be a little higher
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Re: handlebar height
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2009, 09:25:43 PM »
Some specialized Stems have an inside degree adjuster. im not sure about the rockhopper though.

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Re: handlebar height
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2009, 09:28:49 PM »
Does your steer tube extend past the top of your stem? Is there like a half inch or so sticking up with some spacers stacked under it. If so you can adjust bar height, if not you'll see the center bolt that holds the stem down is pretty much flush with the top. You'll need to buy a new stem with more degrees or high rise handlebars if top bolt/cap is flush. Higher end stems have the degrees marked on them and sometimes handlebars give you the rise, width and sweep back.
 
Hopefully the bike manufacturer gave you enough shifter cable and brake slack to raise the bars.
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Re: handlebar height
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2009, 09:31:36 PM »
Be careful when buying bars or stems as there are two different clamp sizes.
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Re: handlebar height
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2009, 09:34:55 PM »
there is 3 spacers under the stem and about an 1/8th inch above the stem
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Re: handlebar height
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2009, 09:41:18 PM »
Sounds like you've got to spend some cash to raise those bars. I assume you have low rise stock bars and about 6 degree stem? For XC that is a pretty good set up but it isn't exactly comfortable for me. I run high rise bars and 10 degree 100mm stem on my all mountain bike.  Typically there are four options for bars and about the same for degrees of the stem. Length of stem has many options. Oversized clamp is 31.8 where as standard is 25.4 I believe.
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Re: handlebar height
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2009, 09:45:06 PM »
Pretty sure I have a Easton EA50 or EA70 or both high rise bars sitting in the garage that I'd let go of for a good price. Standard clamp size.
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Re: handlebar height
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2009, 09:46:20 PM »
mines 31.8 i was looking at the monkeylite but theyre like 27'' wide i think that may be to wide for some of the trails at W.P. a new stem might be my cheapest alternative
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Re: handlebar height
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2009, 09:49:55 PM »
Bars can easily be cut with a hack saw or pipe cutter and that is typically what is done. 27" is downhill, 26" is what I like and 25" is more XC. Do your bars have any rise to them?
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Re: handlebar height
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2009, 09:54:48 PM »
a little... my rockhopper came with easton ea 30 bars. it seems like i'm having to lean foward too much and my hands start hurting pretty quickly
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Re: handlebar height
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2009, 09:58:20 PM »
I personally raise my bars instead of changing the stem. That way the bars are in the same position, just higher. If you have lock on grips it makes the job even easier. Changing the stem requires that you reset the preload on your headset bearings and you may have to re-shim or cut the steering tube if the new stem's clamp is taller/shorter. Cutting the steering tube can be avoided with a good selection of shims at your disposal.
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Re: handlebar height
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2009, 10:00:46 PM »
yea i'm not mechaniclly inclined so anything that would keep me from having to readjust or shim anything would be a better move.
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Re: handlebar height
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2009, 10:03:23 PM »
You could try the bars since they are an easy upgrade but from the sounds of your other post may need a shorter stem with more degrees. Is the bike a little big for you? Numb hands suck!
My hands feel much better when I went from a 120mm stem to a 100mm. Wasn't leaning out so far and thus putting less weight on my hands.
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Re: handlebar height
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2009, 10:12:26 PM »
I'm actually comfortable on the bike. I have the 17'' frame them next smaller size seemed a little to small. i was thinking of getting a shorter d/h stem they look like they would be more comfortable
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Re: handlebar height
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2009, 12:31:26 AM »
I'm actually comfortable on the bike. I have the 17'' frame them next smaller size seemed a little to small. i was thinking of getting a shorter d/h stem they look like they would be more comfortable

it's all about comfort. I'm 5'11" and ride a Large with a 90mm stem w/ 10 degree rise( 22" flat bars), i thought the 120mm made me feel too stretched.

 

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