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Need to change my Cannondale Mtn Bike to a straight up cruiser, but can,t find any handle bar stems with 11/8'' quill sizes.or longer than 6''

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Adjust the handlebars to align with front wheel?


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From looking at photos; it appears as though that bike uses what is called a "quill" type stem. This makes it much easier to accomplish your goal.

When you look at your bike - the part that connects the handlebar to the frame is the stem. The vertical portion of the stem should be a cylinder: no bolts or clamping mechanisms. At the top of the vertical portion that goes into the frame there should be the head of a bolt. This bolt usually requires a 6mm allen wrench to adjust and is the one bolt that secures the stem to the frame.

Putting an appropriately sized wrench into the head of this bolt and turning the wrench to the left should loosen the bolt. Turning it far enough that the stem becomes movable will allow you to raise the stem. However, carefully note this one thing:

There will me a line - solid or hashed - about 2 inches from the bottom of the stem quill. This is the minimum insertion line. The stem needs to be inserted into the frame to this point at a minimum - no less. If this line is already showing before you attempt to raise the stem, you can go to higher with this stem.
Furthermore; if this does not provide enough vertical adjustment to satisfy you; replacement of the stem with one that either has a longer quill or more vertical rise will be necessary. This is where a trip to a local bike shop will be required to identify the proper size and dimensions of stem to solve your problem.


The bolt at the top of the stem may not turn and may be seized in the stem or frame. Penetrating oil like "PB Blaster" or even WD-40 may help. Surrounding the area with ice in a bucket or bag to cool it and then using a blow-dryer or heat gun on high can help to free the seized parts too.

If your stem does not look like the description above, but instead has bolts or a clamping mechanism around the cylinder; it is a threadless stem and cannot be adjusted higher. A new stem with more vertical rise is the solution and can usually be purchased starting at about $20-$35.

Good luck-

Matt @ roadragecycling.com

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the XC3 stem comes in a 1.5 in clamp designed to fit on cannondale headshox systems. The lefty fork you have may or may not be compatible, you would have to check your fork to see if it is the right size.

There is an XC3 SL conversion kit for lefty forks that are not the same size and includes the stem and steerer replacement.

Swapping stems is quite easy on the cannondale. Loosen the two bolts holding the stem to the steerer and undo the bolts holding the handlebars, remove stem and replace.

If none of this makes sense then I would strongly urge you too take the bike into your local bike shop, preferrably a cannondale dealer, and have them show you. It will take only a couple minutes and they can confirm compatibility.

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i assume its a quill type stem if so loosen it so the wedge and stem are allowed to fit nicely inside the bike there is a bearing assembly to deal with after but they are pretty straight forward to install also there is a minimal insertion line on the stem ok

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At the centre of the handlebars you will note a bolt head that is separate from the ones that lock the handlebars in place. Undo that bolt in an anticlockwise direction. About three full turns should be sufficient. Now take a block of wood and place it on top of the nut to protect the surface of the nut. Get a friend to hold the bike steady because you will need both hands to keep the block of wood on top of the bolt and deliver two sharp blows with a hammer. The handlebars should now be able to be pulled up and down or at least twisted and pulled up and down. Tighten the bolt at desired height

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When the handlebars are turned, the wheel does not turn with them. Kettrike Air Navigator tricycle


  • It sounds like the quill insert is loose. The handle bar connects to the stem, the stem connects to the quill, the quill connects to the steerer tube.
  • while sitting on the bike, tighten the quill adjustment bolt a half turn at a time until the handlebars turn instantly with the front wheel.

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Back ache, can handlebars be raised? - How?


The stem can only raised safely within the steerer tube end to a line etched on its quill. There are stem extenders or even fixed-angle higher stems.

The sccret to getting a quill stem to move is to loosen the center (vertical bolt a few turns and then rap it down with a mallet to unseat the expander wedge inside the steerer tube.

It's possible your frame is sized improperly for you and your preferred riding position.

I would recommend you go to a real Bicycle Shop for those assessments.

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If your bike is older it might have a quill stem.To raise this you have to undo the allen key headed bolt situated where the bar & stem attach to the bike.It is often obscured by a plastic plug to prevent water rusting the bolt head.If this doesn't go high enough an adjustable quill stem must be fitted.
If you have the modern design of stem(A-head)you will have to replace the stem with an adjustable type which can be set upto 60 degrees.

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Handlebar+Wheel


I am assuming that you have a standard headset type bike, not an AheadSet style head set, where the stem actually works to hold the fork in place.

In standard headsets, the stem has a jam wedge which pulls tight in the fork stem and locks the stem in place.

Is that wedge missing? Is the bolt that extends through the wedge stripped or worn? You may need a new stem to get it to pull tight.

If this does not help you, post more clearly what is going on.

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Bicycle handlebars move seperatly from the wheel


My guess is that you are using an older, "quill" stem, which is both the STEM (the extension that the handle bars attach to) and the friction bolt that tightens the stem into the STEERING TUBE

Anyway, what I think has happened is that the quill is either not tightened or (because you said you tightened everything) the angled nut at the end of the quill isn't aligned properly and is tightening.

HERE is a great diagram of the quill stem. What I think you'll need to do is:

1 ) IF you have already tightened the bolt at the top of the stem (usually under a little plastic cap, like the one at the top left of the stem in the diagram). Then Untighten it and if you can pull it out make sure that the angled nut (shown at the bottom) is resting properly against the angled shaft of the quill (the vertical part of the stem). As you can see these will spread apart as you tighten the bolt, making them wider and holding them in the steering tube. The idea is to realign the angled nut so it can properly contact the shaft and spread.

2) if you haven't tightened this bolt (maybe because it's hidden), try tightening it a small amount and see if that changes anything.


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This was all written assuming your bike is not using the newer "threadless" setup, which would probably have been fixed if you tightened down the stem (PICTURE OF THREADLESS STEM)

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