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Threaded to Threadless?(14 posts)

Threaded to Threadless?LostPassword
May 22, 2001 4:12 PM
I have a threaded headset. What do i have to do to switch to threadless? Is it possible? Is all I need a new fork, headset, stem?
yes (nm)dave
May 22, 2001 4:48 PM
two ways to gomike mcmahon
May 22, 2001 4:54 PM
One is cheap; the other is expensive. The expensive route is, as you suggest, going with a new fork, headset, and stem. The cheap route is to buy a quill to threadless converter, which will run you in the neighborhood of $20. Of course, you'll also have to buy a threadless stem, but you won't need a new fork. I just bought a converter for my back-up bike but haven't used it yet. Maybe others can comment on their function.
Why bother??PaulCL
May 23, 2001 1:21 PM
My frame is 4 years old with the threaded why bother to change to threadless. What benefits are there??
My reasonmike mcmahon
May 23, 2001 2:05 PM
I started looking for a quill stem to replace my current stem and noticed that pickings were pretty slim. I then noticed that threadless stems are a dime a dozen. I was finding no-name threadless stems for $10.00. Furthermore, I've heard more than one person say that quill stems will be about as hard to find as a three-dollar bill in a few years. So for me, it came down primarily to selection and not any big concern about weight or the "hip factor."
Might find a good quill stem at RivendellRetro
May 23, 2001 5:19 PM
Grant stocks a bunch of quill stems. I bought two, one for my old commuter and one for my Atlantis. He also doesn't think quills are going to disappear from the replacement market anytime soon...I'm not convinced about that, but how many do you have to buy over the life of a bike? Anyway, it's, the world's slowest web catalog.
Might find a good quill stem at Rivendellmike mcmahon
May 23, 2001 6:06 PM
Not a bad idea. I'll check them out when I have an hour or so for the page to download. Even though I've already purchased the adapter, I haven't given up completely on going with a new quill stem. I'm no retro-grouch (maybe a little), but I don't like the idea of putting a threadless stem on my lugged, steel-forked frame. Thanks for the tip.
I just picked up a 3TTT Motus quill stem from It isbill
May 23, 2001 8:11 PM
a beautiful piece of anodized forged aluminum, stiff and light. Just over $50, which I think is a decent price.
So, in other words...PaulCL
May 24, 2001 8:30 AM
there is no real advantage. Maybe a gram or two in weight savings. It's nice to know that the quill stems will be available if I don't decide to upgrade if and when I need to. But really, how often do you need to change a stem??? At 39, its' not like I'm growing taller (wider mayber, but not taller). Besides, I'm so darn "cool and hip" now that any more coolness would probably make me explode.
Why change a stem? I don't know for how long you've beenbill
May 24, 2001 8:40 AM
doing this, but in the three years I've been more or less serious, my stance has changed considerably. I just went longer and lower (kind of unintentionally) with a new stem, and I was really surprised at how much more comfortable I was.
If you know that things won't change, and you've explored your predilictions and exhausted your options, well, you're right. But for guys like me, I'm still finding out stuff.
Why change a stem? I don't know for how long you've beenPaulCL
May 24, 2001 9:36 AM
..about ten years or so. Four bikes, and lots of components. My current stem is about four years old. I'm comfortable on the bike, therefore I see no need to swap it out. THe stem has about 15 -18,000 miles on it. Wear and tear? Maybe. There is no way to tell if a stem is "worn out" or not. I guess I'll keep an eye on it like everything else. Now I gotta go...gonna do twenty fast miles over lunch......vroom....
Changing stemsmike mcmahon
May 24, 2001 8:56 AM
It's a good idea to put a new stem and bar on the bike every couple of years. Of course, the frequency varies with mileage. In any event, stems wear out just like everything else. You don't want to be around when a stem breaks.
two ways to gommaggi
May 24, 2001 7:52 AM

Stupid question: if you stay with the steel fork but go with the quill adapter to go with the threadless stem, do you need to change the headset? My guess is no, but what do I know.

Thanks in advance.
No headset change (nm)mike mcmahon
May 24, 2001 8:54 AM