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Quill stems(5 posts)

Quill stemsTim.
Dec 3, 2001 10:20 AM
Who makes a reasonably priced quill stem with a removable faceplate? Thanks for any help.
re: Quill stemsTJeanloz
Dec 3, 2001 12:24 PM
It depends on your idea of reasonably priced. Salsa makes two models (at least). I recommend the SUL for ~$65.
re: Quill stemsAndy M-S
Dec 4, 2001 2:57 AM
If you can still find 'em, Profile makes one--actually, it's probably generic, available under names like "Dimension," and "Nashbar," as well, and it seems to be produced by Kalloy. You should be able to find it for $20-$30 or so.

A nicer-looking stem (IMO) is the Icon Graphite model (also made by Kalloy, also getting rarer). It uses an upper "lip" into which the plate slides, then two bolts at the bottom to hold the stem closed (an earlier model with a single bottom bolt was recalled because of stripping). I paid about $60 for one of these, but if you can pick up one of the recalled models cheap, your local Trek dealer should be able to exchange it for a new model through Trek.

The Deda Murex is a relatively new stem that has a more traditional look, but opens from the bottom of the clamp.

Finally Syncros makes (or made) one with a huge hinged front clamp, but I've heard bad things about reliability of Syncros products, and a stem is not a place for reliability problems.

There are likely others. For pictures of the Dimension (Kalloy) and Murex stems, go to:

http://www.lickbike.com/m0011050.htm
Here's another onetarwheel
Dec 4, 2001 6:33 AM
Check out the 3T Motus, which is a nice looking quill with removable cap. Chicagolandbikes.com has them for about $50. There is also a Mutant stem available now in quill, and I think Supergo carries them. Not sure of the price. I have a Salsa SUL in the threadless version, and it is a very nice stem although a little heavier than the others mentioned.
re: Quill stemsDrD
Dec 5, 2001 4:37 AM
Sadly, they are getting harder and harder to find - I am presently using a Deda Murex, and will soon be trying out a Syncros hinged stem I got my hands on. The Murex is a nice stem, and can be found on sale at Nashbar and Excell sports, I think - Col. cyclist also sells them - the stem is a little flexy torsionally, but other than that works fine. Icon also makes an open-faced quill stem, so if you have a Trek dealer in your neck of the woods, they should be able to hook you up as well!