Stem reach question

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2/14/2014 8:05 PM

Has anyone here changed from a 48mm frontloader stem to a 52mm toploader stem? What kind of difference does the 52mm make in handling? I am 5'10" with a 21" TT and a layback seatpost but I still feel cramped a little, so I'm thinking the added height of the toploader and the extra reach will stretch things out a bit.
Also, I'm thinking about the Stolen Stratos stem. Is this a good stem?

Thanks

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2/15/2014 7:58 AM

Your not really going to feel much of a difference between the two (its only 4mm) so it wont affect anything really the only thing you'd feel a difference in is the rise


And not sure about the stem, i think it just came out if its the one I'm thinking about and pretty sure no one on here has one but I'd give it a try

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2/19/2014 8:34 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/19/2014 8:35 PM

Going from a 52mm to a 48mm stem or the other way around the only thing you would feel is the steering on the front end, 48mm will have tighter steering as apposed to a 52mm which will have slacker steering and maybe the length of the frame and stem combined. Some people can feel it and some cant.

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2/20/2014 1:33 PM

Cellmember wrote:

Going from a 52mm to a 48mm stem or the other way around the only thing you would feel is the steering on the front end, 48mm ...more

Thanks. I don't like the twitchy feeling the 48mm stem has now. I'm thinking the longer/higher stem will be a good choice.

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2/21/2014 6:12 PM

I did, but it just really noticed the extra raise on the bars.

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