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So I've had my Rize (old 130) model for coming up to 2 years. I would like to keep my Lefty (great fork) but find a way to run a 60 or 70mm stem on it. For two reasons 1) to shorten the reach a bit, it is a little long and places too much weight on my hands 2) to improve the handling (I run 60mm on my all mountain and dh bikes and the difference is massive, even 10mm can make a difference!).

Am currently running a 90mm XC3 SI stem. Its the XL model, which has a 1" longer head tube than the other models.

Can it be done?

What parts do I need?

btw I don't care if I have to remove the stem to reset bearings, its not a big deal.
 

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Dan Gerous said:
So you have a one piece stem/steerer currently? Just get the separate steerer, then you can find a shorter stem than the XC3 integrated stem/steerer is available in...
Yes I have the integrated one piece stem/steerer.

On the XL the top of the fork is about level with the top of the head tube so I should be able to run a shorter stem with no problem.

If I get the separate steerer (what part # is this?) who can I get a shorter stem from? Isn't it a strange cannondale lefty size?
 

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Perhaps you need a smaller frame. Not trying to whiz in your Cheerios, but Cannondale geometry seems to run longer stems than other brands, who use longer top tubes and short stems, at least on their XC/Trail-oriented bikes.

Regardless, running a really short stem on an XC bike is likely to make the bike handle wonky...it's normal on downhill/big hit bikes, whose geometry is designed for a super shorty stem.
 
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