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Can handlebar for ccm vandal xc 26" bicylce be raised? It seems as if stem is confined by top and bottom bearings. Doesn't make sense that seat can be raised but not handlebars.

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The threadless stem style you have pre-supposes you chose the right height and reach when you bought the bike. As the steerer tube to which it clamps has to be below flush with the top surface to accomodate the top adjustment cap, the steerer had to be cut to a final length that can't be made longer. The stem CAN be flipped upside down to provide a different rise and reach, but most likely it would be lower and farther away.

One option is to replace the stem with one with an angle and length that would work for you. Have a bicycle shop asist you in choosing one as there are 4 parameters that must be considered.

Another is to get a threadless stem riser which effectively makes the steerer tube taller. Google "threadless stem riser".

Here's one on eBay...

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-SATORI-HEADS-UP-Threadless-Stem-Riser-Adapter-1-1-8-/300530665912?pt=Cycling_Parts_Accessories&hash=item45f90609b8

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I would like to raise the handlebars. I have loosened the stem wedge nut and the handle bars will not budge. I've tried everything almost to the point of losing the ball bearings in the steering shaft. Are...


Hey joe - Sounds like you have a classic stuck stem. Here are a couple things to try.

1 - Loosen the stem through the top bolt so the wedge is loose, but not removed. The give the top of the stem a good hit or two with a plastic mallet. That should break the bond between the steerer and the stem. If that does not work...

2 - Use liquid Wrench and drip around the stem so it seeps in-between the stem and steerer. Let sit a while then try the plastic mallet again.

sometimes you will need to work the stem back and forth a bit by using the handlebars as leverage and bracing the front wheel between your knees.

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If you do not have a treadless headset than raising your handlebars is very simple. First check to see what type of headset you have. A threadless system with have a allen head on the very top of the stem and one or two more allen head bolts on the side of the stem. The threaded system will usually have only one bolt on the very top of the stem. It is sometimes covered by some type of cap. Also on threaded headsets, there will be a large nut under the stem, which is what most people mistakenly loosen to adjust the stem. Do not touch this nut, it will adjust the headset. Same goes for the allen head on the treadless headset, it will also adjust the headset so don't touch it.
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