Well to start, this is my first post on these forums. I'm also in the process of overhauling my entire bike this summer. Ive got a 2000 GT Outpost with a 21 or 22" frame. My goal for the summer is changing out all the components. Right now I'd like to ask for some input on my fork dilema. Right now I have a really crappy headset which is basically a headset and stem combo. Its oldschool. Anyways I want to upgrade to a nice "aheadset" headset and an EA50 stem. My question is, in order to do this i'd need a shock with like a 10" steerer tube right? Now I'm looking at shocks on ebay and they are all about 7-8". Now correct me if im wrong, please, but doesn't the EA50 stem clamp around the very top of my steerer tube? On my bike now, the steerer tube just comes up to the top of that shaft the steerer tube is in and thats it. My currernt headset goes down into it. Do you guys understand what im talking about? My buddies that I ride with have like 17 1/2" frames and there steerer tube come up real high and they're running like 3 or 4 stem spacers. Am I basically screwed and stuck with my current stem/headset combo? Thanks alot guys.