|Threadless Stem System||Jim Burton|
May 10, 2001 11:21 AM
|Could someone, or many people, tell me the advantages of going with a threadless system on a road bike. It CAN'T be just style, can it?|
|re: Threadless Stem System||Bob in Indiana|
May 10, 2001 2:05 PM
|You might check my post of a few minutes ago in the "General" Area (I may have placed it improperly) on upgrading a stock headset.
I already have one response, and may get some more good information and opinions as the day goes on.
Good luck. If you learn anything particularly interesting, let me know!
|re: Threadless Stem System||grz mnky|
May 10, 2001 6:30 PM
|Cheaper and lighter. |
Cheaper in that there is less different items to stock in terms of forks, headsets and stems. More things closer in common with the MTB world so mfr.s can exploit economies of scale amd make larger production runs of fewer various parts. Economic order quantities, safety stock, and lot size are all easier to figure. Think of yourself as Trek, C'dale or one of the other large mfr.s and then think about the nightmare of ordering, stocking and maintaining a slew of different parts. Forks don't need to be threaded and you don't have to have different lengths - just stock on long one, wack off the excess, and leave the die (thread cutting tool) in it's box.
Lighter, by having less material and the ability to go to a threadless carbon steerer. they are even gooing to the next step which is an itegrated headset - the sealed bearing are pressed directly into the frame so you don't need a "conventional" headset (threaded or threadless).