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With Threadless stems and low stack height Headsets, I always have to decide how many spacers I want when sizing a frame. (Never had to do this with threaded). The look of the front end of the bike ends up way too important in the sizing process. How big is the Head tube, How do I balance stem length, angle, HT length, spacers and Handlebar reach to get the bars where I need them and still have a bike that looks balanced to me.

So I thought I'd poll the board on their proeferences.

What is the max spacers that you will tolerate on your bike (Purely aestetics)?

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I have a range of tolerance.

When doing a custom bike, I try to shoot for 0 to .5cm. I do have one bike with 2.5cm but most fall between .5 and 1.5. Some of that depends on the headset.
 

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If I'm doing custom....

Len J said:
With Threadless stems and low stack height Headsets, I always have to decide how many spacers I want when sizing a frame. (Never had to do this with threaded). The look of the front end of the bike ends up way too important in the sizing process. How big is the Head tube, How do I balance stem length, angle, HT length, spacers and Handlebar reach to get the bars where I need them and still have a bike that looks balanced to me.

So I thought I'd poll the board on their proeferences.

What is the max spacers that you will tolerate on your bike (Purely aestetics)?

Len
I don't like more than .5.

For a stock bike I'll tolerate up to 1.5, but would rather have 1 or less.

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Len J said:
I don't like more than .5.

For a stock bike I'll tolerate up to 1.5, but would rather have 1 or less.

Len
You just wait until I get home and post the picture I took in Old Town of the Klein with about 6" of spacers. You just wait. About 8 hours from now.
 

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I got the same thing Bill. I have a bike with so many spacers it looks like an abacus.
 

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Wasn't that the bike.....

bigbill said:
You just wait until I get home and post the picture I took in Old Town of the Klein with about 6" of spacers. You just wait. About 8 hours from now.
in the back of the truck along with the wheelchair lift?

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2 cm fairly well mimics a well set up quill stem'd bike, so I don't have a problem up to about there. Smaller is usually better, though it often results in bar drops that border on the ridiculous (both in function and appearance.)


Side question: Given the stockman's choice of 3cm of spacers and a flat stem, or no spacers and a flipped stem, which do you choose?
 

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danl1 said:
2 cm fairly well mimics a well set up quill stem'd bike, so I don't have a problem up to about there. Smaller is usually better, though it often results in bar drops that border on the ridiculous (both in function and appearance.)


Side question: Given the stockman's choice of 3cm of spacers and a flat stem, or no spacers and a flipped stem, which do you choose?
I use a combination of things to get the bars where I want them.

1.) A 2 degree sloped TT
2.) a 1.5 CM HT extension
3.) 1.0 CM of spacers
4.) 84 degree stem.

It comesout looking very balanced....IMO

Len
 

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Hah, you guys are going to hate me. I have anywhere from 0cm to about 1cm of spacers under my stem depending on the bike. However, I have maybe about 4cm (sometimes more!) of spacers above the stem. Why? In case I want to sell the thing.
 

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pavedroad said:
Hah, you guys are going to hate me. I have anywhere from 0cm to about 1cm of spacers under my stem depending on the bike. However, I have maybe about 4cm (sometimes more!) of spacers above the stem. Why? In case I want to sell the thing.
Nothing wrong with that, some people do that to get a more upright position in the winter. I rode with spacers above and below for many months before I cut the steerer to make sure that I had my position right.
 

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pavedroad said:
Hah, you guys are going to hate me. I have anywhere from 0cm to about 1cm of spacers under my stem depending on the bike. However, I have maybe about 4cm (sometimes more!) of spacers above the stem. Why? In case I want to sell the thing.
I can see some small amount above the stem for movement, but 4 cm ???..........unless you are going to sell the bike quickly, that would be to high a price in ugliness for me to pay while i rode it in order to make a little more money when I sold it.

To each there own.

Isn't this dangerous?

Len
 

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I like .5 to 1 cm. I think headtube extensions can sometimes look cheesey too. Then again, all that really matters is that the bike fits.
 

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Len J said:
With Threadless stems and low stack height Headsets, I always have to decide how many spacers I want when sizing a frame. (Never had to do this with threaded). The look of the front end of the bike ends up way too important in the sizing process. How big is the Head tube, How do I balance stem length, angle, HT length, spacers and Handlebar reach to get the bars where I need them and still have a bike that looks balanced to me.

So I thought I'd poll the board on their proeferences.

What is the max spacers that you will tolerate on your bike (Purely aestetics)?

Len
For "purely aestetics" - none. There's no place to put them on a quill stem. - TF
 

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You really.......

TurboTurtle said:
For "purely aestetics" - none. There's no place to put them on a quill stem. - TF
enjojed that...didn't you? ROFL

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Len J said:
enjojed that...didn't you? ROFL

Len
Yes. Is there any comparison? - TF

(Or did you mean the spelling?)
 
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