Q: Does having the steering tube on your bike shorter help in any way, and if so how?
A: By steering tube we are assuming you mean the steerer, or more commonly called “steer tube” on your fork. Shortening this is just one more way to save a little weight and clean up the look of your bike. The concept is simple, set your stem height where you want it and rather then stack spacers so you still have the function of your preload cap, you simply trim the excess off. Many forks come with long steer tubes for this very reason. Keep in mind, this will fix your stem position and may interfere with your preload caps function depending on the internal threaded status of your fork, so before you do any cutting, make sure you know what your hacking into. And just in case your parents ask why you are hacking your $130 forks up, or doing like the smart kids do and having your local shop do the dirty deed for you, go in armed with the knowledge that ALL mountain and road bike forks must be custom cut to length, BMXers are just catching up in the world of “custom fit”.