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I need to raise the handle bars but not sure how. Its a mongoose xr 200 , 21 speed mt. bike

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Getting Riser Bars or simply flipping the stem over or getting one with a different rise and reach might give you the added height you need. If you LIKE the handlebars, the stem is the best option as most new ones come with front loaders (detachable front caps) that allow replacement without stripping components off one side of the handlebar. In minutes a Bicycle Shop could swap any number of them onto your bike for you to try.

Posted on Apr 05, 2011

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    David Dunn Apr 05, 2011

    You have to take the top cap and bolt off, too.
    http://bicycletutor.com/adjust-threadles...

  • kjcwoodman Apr 06, 2011

    Im sorry to keep bothering you but I did try to get the cap off but seemed like i was bending it , Is there a treck to getting it off ? Thank you for all your help

  • David Dunn
    David Dunn Apr 06, 2011

    The video seems pretty straighforward. If you loosen the cap bolt and the two side bolts, grip the front wheel between your knees and twist the handlebars sideways. That should free it up. If it seems welded to the steere tube it may have corroded stuck. No excessive force should be required. The top cap and its bolt must be removed to remove the stem.
    http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help...

    This style of stem can not be adjusted upward since the steerer tube is cut to the length that suits it. If you need to replace the stem to get a good height just take the whole biek to a Bike Shop and let them help you review your options.

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