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  • Back angle = 45º (smaller angle for more aggressive riding)
  • Shoulder to trunk angle = 90º (larger angle for more aggressive riding)
  • Elbow angle = 15º to 25º
  • Wrists in a neutral position
  • Height usually 1-4” below top of saddle
  • Width = shoulder tip to shoulder tip in centimeters
  • Distance from saddle tip to bars within an inch of elbow tip to middle finger tip

The length of your stem will give you either more reach or more of an upright feel. If the handlebars are too high, too low, too close, or too far away, you may have neck, shoulder, back, and hand pain. You should be able to comfortably use all the positions on the handlebars and bend your elbows while riding.