Technical Q&A: Tall handlebar stems

  • By Lennard Zinn
  • Published Jan. 1, 2009
  • Updated Nov. 17, 2009 at 1:31 PM EDT

Originally published: April, 2002

Question: Here’s a question from one tall rider to another: I am wondering if you can recommend a tall stem for a road bike, one with the long quill (+200mm) and long extension (+12cm).

I am 6’9″, rebuilding a big old frame, and trying to get the bars up as high and out as far as possible. Having a hell of a time making this thing fit.

Someday when I have more cash I’ll have to order a Zinn Project Big frame! The biggest I’ve been able to find so far is the Nitto Technomic, (non-deluxe) 25.4 clamp 225 mm quill at Rivendell.



Sad to say, that’s about the biggest one I know of, now that Salsa doesn’t make custom stems anymore. Anyone else have any suggestions?– Lennard

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Lennard Zinn

Lennard Zinn

Our longtime technical writer joined VeloNews in 1987. He is also a framebuilder, a former U.S. National Team rider, and author of many bicycle books, including Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance and Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, as well as Zinn and the Art of Triathlon Bikes and Zinn's Cycling Primer: Maintenance Tips and Skill Building for Cyclists. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Colorado College. Readers can send brief technical questions to Ask LZ.

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