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Road Stems(12 posts)

Road Stemsrickbr
Feb 20, 2002 7:59 AM
What brand of stems are you guys using? I'm building up a new bike,
0 degree stem or - 10 degree stem? Also what bars do you guys like?

Thanks, Rick
re: Road StemsMike Prince
Feb 20, 2002 8:23 AM
Steelman 80 degree cro-mo threadless stem 120mm, Salsa Pro Road 46cm bars
Feb 20, 2002 8:48 AM
Stem rise is an integral part of your overall bike fit; you can't decide "stem length/rise" in a vacuum any more than you can decide spacer number in a vacuum. Both affect bar height. Did you have a fitting on your new frame?

-10 has a better aesthetic look, but for those looking to avoid an excessive drop from saddle to bars, or those who are "torso length challenged," a zero can sometimes be unavoidable.

Don't make this call for any reason other than fit.
Couple of thingsSpoke Wrench
Feb 20, 2002 12:41 PM
Once you cut your steer tube, the number of potential stem options drops. If I were building a new bike, I'd definitely trial fit headset, stem, spacers etc. to be sure I got the handlebar position I wanted before I cut the steer tube.

Second, if you buy a high dollar stem, use a torque wrench to install it. The torque spec for all of the bolts on my Thompson stem is 48 in/lb. That's like next to nothing. If you are just guessing about tightness, you'll probably overtorque and possibly strip out the threads.
aaaahh... the beauty of quill stems.colker
Feb 20, 2002 1:11 PM
a 4mm allen and presto. up, down... besides. you can buy beautifull high end quill stems for $30. strip them? even if you manage to, buy another...
i know! carbon forks with carbon steerers, light etc... but...
$30??? Where?laffeaux
Feb 20, 2002 3:01 PM
A Salsa quill stem still sells for $75 at my LBS.
$30??? Where?czardonic
Feb 20, 2002 4:57 PM
Try Nashbar. You'd be hard pressed to find a quill stem that is over $30.
$30??? Where?colker
Feb 20, 2002 5:08 PM
or excell. beautifull itm goccia, itm 400, itm eclipse and salsa classic. all at $30. not to mention a beautifull control tech for ...$9!makes me want to build 2 other bikes. nothing like old fashioned technology to warm my heart.
re: Road StemsJimP
Feb 20, 2002 1:07 PM
ITM Millenium 80 degree with Cinelli Nerve bars - It certainly is a tough decision - many different brands and options.
What is the Best Size of Pants to Buy?hoolie
Feb 21, 2002 8:02 AM
Yep, that's about how much sense this question makes. The best size (rise/length/whatever) of stem is the one that FITS! Sheesh! I don't mean to be harsh but...

Now if you are building up from scratch (and going threadless) then MAYBE you'd be able to go with a -10 and more spacers if you like the "look" but ultimately this should be based exclusively on your fit and you probably shouldn't be building a bike if you aren't planning on getting the fit right.

Bars... I love the Easton EC90 carbon fiber bars, but they aren't for everyone. They are overpriced (oh well!) and some folks are still freaky about carbon. They also have kind of a different ergo shape that folks love or hate, and accomodate Shimano shifters better than Campy.
length: 34, waist: 34 (nm)laffeaux
Feb 22, 2002 5:07 PM
re: Road Stemsmackgoo
Feb 23, 2002 6:42 AM
Gramo, and Eubios diet.