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I'm only 5' 3 in height and been wanting to have my saddle height at least the same height with my handlebar which I find it easier during my climbs. I used zero degree stem and piled up my spacers over the stem but I find it ugly and dangerous this way. My LBS refuses to cut my steerer so I could get rid of my spacers, they said " trust me if I were you, I won't cut my steerer". I wanted to insist but I'm afraid it would be a silly persistance.
What do you all think of it?
 

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I'm only 5' 3 in height and been wanting to have my saddle height at least the same height with my handlebar which I find it easier during my climbs. I used zero degree stem and piled up my spacers over the stem but I find it ugly and dangerous this way. My LBS refuses to cut my steerer so I could get rid of my spacers, they said " trust me if I were you, I won't cut my steerer". I wanted to insist but I'm afraid it would be a silly persistance.
If you're certain that you want a shorter steerer tube, then go ahead and cut it.
 

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I would suggest that you try to get them to cut the steerer tube down to where you only have one small spacer above the stem. Leaving room for a spacer on top of the stem also gives you the ability move the stem a little if you ever need or want to. The shop probably just doesn't want to cut a steerer so short. Or you can try another shop if you realy don't want any spacers on top. But I don't think you will really notice a small spacer on top of the stem.
 

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Well if you find it ugly that's a personal thing, but as for dangerous....no, not if all is installed properly. Have you tried flipping your non-zero degree stem around so it angles downward?
 

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You haven't given us the whole story.

What reasons did they give for not cutting the steerer? Without those we can only guess at the kind of support you need. I'll take a general approach.
Once it is cut you can't go back. As this is the Beginner's Forum I would suggest that you may not have arrived at your optimal position on the bike and cutting it may be premature. If you are a minor or are growing those issues will also effect the way a shop thinks. In addition cutting a steerer may challenge it's resale value. As such a bike shop would be hesitant to cut your steerer. All those reasons stand on their own.
I would hesitate to cut it for you, too, unless I knew you. Therein lies the key. Talk to the shop, get their reasons, and report back.
 

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If you want it cut go to a shop that will cut it for you. That is BS that they wont set the bike up the way you want it. Find a new LBS that will work with you. Yes cutting the steerer tube will affect resale but you can always get a new steerer tube installed if you are planing on selling it and it is that big of a deal. The bike should be set up the way you feel comfortable with.
 

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prime said:
I'm only 5' 3 in height and been wanting to have my saddle height at least the same height with my handlebar which I find it easier during my climbs. I used zero degree stem and piled up my spacers over the stem but I find it ugly and dangerous this way. My LBS refuses to cut my steerer so I could get rid of my spacers, they said " trust me if I were you, I won't cut my steerer". I wanted to insist but I'm afraid it would be a silly persistance.
What do you all think of it?
Just curious...How much height in spacers do you have above your stem?
 

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If you want it cut go to a shop that will cut it for you. That is BS that they wont set the bike up the way you want it. Find a new LBS that will work with you. Yes cutting the steerer tube will affect resale but you can always get a new steerer tube installed if you are planing on selling it and it is that big of a deal. The bike should be set up the way you feel comfortable with.
They sell steerer tubes?
I didnt know that they did.
I tought that due to safety issues they wouldnt do it.
Which brands sell steerer tubes?
 

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They sell steerer tubes?
I didnt know that they did.
I tought that due to safety issues they wouldnt do it.
Which brands sell steerer tubes?
You would have to send it back and have it installed by the manufacturer Fox and Marz will do it, not sure about others.
 

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Iyou can always get a new steerer tube installed if you are planing on selling it and it is that big of a deal.
Not the case with most of the newer forks. You need to buy all new uppers (sliders up) which cost well over $100. I just finished building up a new Hammerhead... ended up cutting my steer tube too short once I thought I had stem height dialed in... looking at $160 + shipping for a new set of uppers, not including labor.

Definitely want to leave a bit extra. The other reason is that if you decide to go with another frame at some point in the future, the next frame could have a taller steer tube.
 

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Mike said it best...

The OP hasn't provided enough information. Until they come back here or the General BB where they also posted, we can't provide the correct answer.
 
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