My girlfriend would like to raise the height of her handlebars on her mountain bike. Too low, she gets a crick in her neck when riding. Won't know until we have option to experiment, but I'm, guessing she might want 2-3" additional height. She's not a frequent or hard core rider, just jaunts around town with occasional time on modest dirt paths/fire roads.
She has a bike she got at REI several years ago...
I'm old school, and my bikes have always had threaded headsets, which make height adjustment easy. The problem with her threadless setup is that there's no length available on the steerer tube to raise the stem/handlebars. I talked to REI, and may take the bike in to have a look with their techs and discuss options. But here's what they appear to be...
1) An adapter for the steerer tube which will effectively increase it's height and allow the stem/handlebars to be raised.
2) A different stem (fixed or adjustable angle) which will effectively raise the handlebars.
3) A new, longer steerer tube for the fork.
4) A new fork with a longer steerer tube.
4 is the least desirable option due to cost. 2 is not very desirable as it doesn't give much flexibility to play with height. The guy at REI didn't think 3 was really an option. The fork is a Rock Shox Indy XC. I'm just coming up to speed on this stuff, but I thought perhaps a new, longer steerer tube could be screwed/connected to the fork. Are fork steerer tubes not replaceable?
If 1 is an option and there are no safety issues that seems like it could be the way to go.
Curious what you think? Any feedback would be appreciated.