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Can you flip any type of threadless, adjustable stem -- and use it right-side-up OR upside-down?

Or are there some types that you can't flip?
What do you mean, "threadless adjustable stem" There are only a couple of adjustable stems on the market and they are rarely used.

But if you're talking about general threadless stems then yes, you can flip them if you want to. Some may end up the the stem pointing down toward the front wheel but you can ride that way if you want.
 

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The question in the minds of many people reading this is whether you're talking about an adjustable stem or a fixed stem, not threadless versus quill.

If it is indeed an adjustable stem my understanding is the ratchet mechanism does have a bottom side with a robust mechanism to lock the stem into place once the desired angle is achieved. I could be wrong on this, but I think the directional force is used to ensure the locking plate is jammed into place. It's not necessary for force to be applied for it to feel firm, but force in the opposite direction probably wasn't accounted for in the design.

That's my stab in the dark, assuming we're talking about what I think we're talking about.
 

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I want to lower the handlebar more than my flipped fixed stem.
Since I'm not sure of how much lower, and because my current adjustable stem cannot go lower than my flipped fixed but can go higher (right-side up), flipping the adjustable stem will provide for lowering the bars--if it is safe to do it.
 

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...My adjustable stem has a locking wedge that doesn't look like it was designed to handle being flipped...
That occurred to me too, but riding you can pull on the bars nearly as hard as you push, so it has to be able to take the force in either direction, which suggests it is flippable.
 

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there is a confusion of terminology here.

this is an adjustable stem



this is a normal -6° stem


if that doesn't put your bars enough low, try a -17° stem



if that is not enough, use a pista ( -26° stem )



Hope that helps
 
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