I used an X/Y tool to check my position on my last 29er to emulate the fit on my new Ripley. I got really used to the 50 mm stem on my last bike - a Yelli Screamy and was cringing about having to use a longer stem on the Ripley, however the x/y tool suggested 30 mm of spacers and the same stem (the Ripley is 2 full degrees steeper HA, another concern of mine). Looks ridiculous but I suppose it's a starting point. I've seen or heard of no one using such a short stem on this particular bike. I'm not concerned about climbing, I've adapted to that, but worrying about the handling now in other situations, not like it's a hard fix but just wanted to see if any one else was setting the bike up a little more aggressively. I'm thinking I'm going to have to adapt once again to a different idea. Today's shake down ride will tell!