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I need a new quil stem(15 posts)

I need a new quil stembirdrider
Apr 9, 2001 11:57 AM
I've been riding a litespeed stem and found that the thing is just too darn flexy. I looked a a salsa and I liked the front-loading for the handle bars. But the thing is so heavy (yeah, go ahead say what you will, I'm a weight weenie). What should I get? Are there any stiff Ti stems out there? Any light steel stems? Please help me.
re: I need a new quil stemgrz mnky
Apr 9, 2001 12:50 PM
Quill stems have an inherent design flaw. Since they are designed to be inserted into the steerer they require some clearence. this clearence is what you feel in terms of "flex" even though the binder bolt is tight. In addition your handle bars are a noodle compared to the stem. I found the CroMo Profile stems to be pretty good in terms of "stiffness", weight, and cost. You're just wasting your money with a ti quill stem - it's a poor return on your $$$.
WR carbon fiberweed
Apr 10, 2001 3:29 AM
I've been looking at WR Compositi stems. They are carbon fiber, and have a claimed weigh tof 164g. A british supply company called David LLoyd Bikesport carries them, and will ship over seas. Let me know if you do get one. I'm up in the air about it.
re: I need a new quil stemBPH
Apr 9, 2001 1:39 PM
I replaced a forged something or other, (I think it may have been a Kalloy), with a Syncros hinged stem. I don't know if it's the wider clamping surface or not but it was noticably stiffer than the Kalloy, (and I'm pretty oblivious to most changes in my equipment). I believe the web site claims 250g's for a 120mm quill stem)if that's not too heavy for you. I've had mine for a year and am quite happy with it. Hope that helps
re: I need a new quil stemCliff Oates
Apr 9, 2001 1:59 PM
Deda has a quill stem with a removable clamp, although it faces down rather than to the front. Looks nice, and I see Excel has it on sale right now (12-14cm sizes only). Colorado Cyclist also carries this product. I saw the Salsa stem at the shop when a guy had ordered one (this guy is a Kestrel riding weight weenie -- I'm not sure _what_ he was thinking) and yeah, it weighs a ton. Nicely made though.
re: I need a new quil stembirdrider
Apr 10, 2001 9:46 AM
Hey cliff, if that was last saturday at Toga in NYC, that was this kestrel riding weight weenie.
re: I need a new quil stemCliff Oates
Apr 10, 2001 4:30 PM
Nope, other coast and it was a couple of months ago.
rivendell's got a nice selectionCory
Apr 9, 2001 2:03 PM
You can find quill stems anywhere, but check They've got a nifty lugged one, plus one that looks sort of like an I-beam that I really want for my commuter.
Sure if you like boat anchors......Skeptic
Apr 9, 2001 5:19 PM
....I got one of the lugged ones...sent it back the same day.
When I get 10 lbs. off me, I'll worry about 10 grams on the stemRetro
Apr 11, 2001 8:23 AM
re: I need a new quil stemG
Apr 10, 2001 4:32 AM
What size do you need? I have a 130mm Control Tech that is one stiff stem. It has limited height adjustment(short quill). Also have an Airborne Ti stem that is ovalized to increase stiffness. It still flexes, but I found it to be comfortable and stiffer than alot of cheaper stems that I have used. Email me if you are interested. They are just gathering dust until I build that beater/commuter bike.
re: I need a new quil stemBroom Wagon
Apr 10, 2001 6:18 AM
Checkout American Classic's website, They have a Sale/Blowout section where you can find quill stems. I purchased one last year for only $24.95. They're quite light and the workmanship is really nice. I'm not that big of a rider nor do I hammer a lot so I can only say that the stem has worked out great for me.

Heck, for only $25, it's worth a shot. Who knows, it may work just fine for you.

good luck.
re: I need a new quil stemlook271
Apr 10, 2001 5:18 PM
I had a similar problem. Here's what I did: bought a Cinelli threadless adaptor ($15 from and an ITM Mutant ahead-type stem (forget the price, about $40 from same place?). Now I have a stem that I can use with an ahead-type stem (much more variety) and it seems at least as stiff and is lighter than my Cinelli XE quill stem. (Looks way cooler, too!)
How much extension do you get with Cinelli?Dave Hickey
Apr 11, 2001 11:19 AM
I'm interested in the cinelli adaptor also. Do you know how much extension you get? My quill stem is raised pretty high
How much extension do you get with Cinelli?look271
Apr 11, 2001 3:47 PM
Can't tell you exactly, but mine works fine, and I have 2 spacers below the adapter (which I also had on my quill stem-it was fairly high). The extention is PROBABLY about 3/4 inch or so.