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Using Quill Adapter to Go Threadless????(6 posts)

Using Quill Adapter to Go Threadless????jtolleson
Aug 6, 2001 3:18 PM
I need a new stem; I've never felt like the size and angle on mine is exactly what I want. So, I can't go threadless totally without spending a bunch 'o dough.

What is the value in getting the quill adapter and then combining with a threadless stem? Will I save weight? What are the pluses and minuses?

I want to save some weight and get a few degrees rise in my stem.
re: Using Quill Adapter to Go Threadless????Cliff Oates
Aug 6, 2001 6:01 PM
I'm using a Cinelli adapter I picked up for $20 from Excel on my CX bike. I think I read somewhere that it weighs 75 grams. It works fine.
It isn't worth it..Sacrificing fit/comfort for weightJohn Z
Aug 7, 2001 9:14 AM
You are not going to save much weight by switching to threadless. A Cinelli adapter weighs 88 grams and most threadless stems weigh between 130-190 grams. A typical quill stem is about 260 grams.

More importantly, you may hurt your fit since the threadless severely limits your ability to raise the stem. What's the difference between your stem height and saddle height? If you increase the amount, you will place more pressure on your hands, neck, shoulders and back. Comfort is more important than weight, especially for 30-60 grams.

You are better off losing the weight off your body and/or wheels & tires.
Not exactlyCliff Oates
Aug 7, 2001 12:03 PM
You are correct in that you won't save much weight over a regular quill stem by going with a quill adapter post and a threadless stem. However, the quill adapter is just as adjustable as a quill stem, and can be raised and lowered as required in the steerer tube. Threadless stems have some nice features that frequently aren't available in quill stems, or if they are, the selection of quill stems is limited (removeable face plate on a stem that is not butt-ugly comes immediately to mind).
re: Using Quill Adapter to Go Threadless????grzy mnky
Aug 7, 2001 3:37 PM
Forget about saving weight if you go with a quill adapter -- it just makes up for the missing material on a threadless stem. Look for inexpensive but decent stems with a removable face. If you're lucky your LBS will let you swap them out for a while until you get one you like. The Ritchey Pro is a nice model and way cheaper than the WCS and it's available in more sizes. think about resale value if you want to sell them yourself. There are quite a lot to choose from - more each day. Going threadless will cost around $500 for quality components (carbon steerer/King NoThreadset) and you'll save about 1/2 lbs.
re: Using Quill Adapter to Go Threadless????Davet
Aug 7, 2001 8:30 PM
As an old guy (59) I found that I had to try to raise my stem to sit a little more upright. I originally went with the quill adaptor and tried a variety of threadless stems. What I wound up doing was using a Profile Design H2O quill stem. They have a very long quill and come in a wide variety of lengths. After a little trial and error I found the perfect combo of height and length.

A quill adaptor/threadless stem could weigh a little more or a little less than a quill stem. I think that the weight issue is a minor point compared to getting the very best fit.