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hello i would like know how to choose a new stem size for my monocog 29er, it has a 110mm on it now and it just feels to long. im tall but i have a short upper body so i dont like to be stretched out. i also was wondering if i would see a chang in the way it handles ext..thanks in advance
 

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You'll have to try out different lengths as it will depend on you.

I'm 5'10" with shoes on and somewhere in the low 29's inch inseam and I ride a 15" Monocog. The first thing I replaced was the really long (110mm?) stem. My 26'er has a 90mm so I figured the since the TT of the MC29er was longer I should go to a shorter stem to have the same reach as the 26er so I put a 80mm stem on it.

I'm not stretched out as it was before. I only took it for a quick spin with the stock RL stem to know it was too long so I cant really say if the steering changed dramatically.
 

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monocog16 said:
hello i would like know how to choose a new stem size for my monocog 29er, it has a 110mm on it now and it just feels to long. im tall but i have a short upper body so i dont like to be stretched out. i also was wondering if i would see a chang in the way it handles ext..thanks in advance
Swap the stem out if it feels too long. Don't forget stem rise in the equation.:)

I think one of the best tools to dial in the best length and rise is via one of thus adjustable stem doo-hickies like the Size-O-Matic from Salsa.

So I would suggest checking with an LBS or two in town to see if they have one of those Salsa Size-O-Matics that you can mount on your bike and find out what feels best. I've used it a few times to order some stems.

If you can't find one with a Size-O-Matic or similar device, find an LBS that has a box of used stems you can try out so you can see which length - 100mm, 90mm and 80mm, etc... - feels like. Or maybe they will sell you one of those stems (or a couple) with the idea you would be bringing back the one(s) that didn't work for a refund.

My experience in swapping out stems on 29"ers is that shorter ones can quicken up the steering a bit, but also can lead to the front wheel flipping and flopping more through those turns than a longer stem. You quickly adjust as a rider no matter what length, but I think you will notice a difference dropping down 10 - 20mm right off the bat and find a length and feel that works best for you. Certainly a stem in the 90-100mm length is in the sweet spot for a 29"er. The only way to find out is to try some various sizes and angles out before settling in on a final choice.

Of course, the other choice would be to keep your 110mm stem and get a handlebar with more sweep in the 12 - 17 degree range.

It's all plumbing and you can dial in a better fit if you feel too stretched out at the moment.

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thanks. im 5'11 and have a 36" inseam lol. i have a 26er that i hade befor i got this one and its got a 100mm on a 19" frame, my dad has the same bike in a 17" frame and it has a 90mm stem. i like the 90mm and im thinking that may be the way to go but with less rise the one on my dads has a 10 degree rise and so does my 26er but i flipped that one upside down and like it like that. what ever size i get i was thinking this one, http://www.carboncycles.cc/?s=0&t=0&c=48&p=605&. if you know anything about these stems that would be great.thanks
 
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