With the recent advances in frame geometry, many riders are upsizing to achieve better balance, stability and control. A longer reach, slacker head angle and lower bottom bracket height are becoming common-place and we can now run this sizing along with super-short stems for better dynamics without compromising fit.
‘By dimpling the bar Pacenti could make the stem as short as required while keeping the handlebar low; the P-Dent system seems without compromise’
There are a few key players who have been forging ahead with progressive geometry – Mojo’s Nicolai Geometron, Mondraker’s Forward geometry and Whyte 2016/17 bikes being notable players. Stems have shrunk to a minimum of 30mm, unless you are going add compromise with increased height. Mondraker offer 10mm lengths but the stem sits on top of the steerer and certainly doesn’t suit all riders. We can’t get shorter without getting higher it seems.
Kirk Pacenti has been in agreement with this progressive thinking and a look at his website shows that he has been a believer for some time. He’s come up with a solution.