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Mount ITM Millennium stem the opposite way?(4 posts)

Mount ITM Millennium stem the opposite way?ronvermeeren
Mar 4, 2002 3:29 AM
Hello,

I have bought a new bike, with the ITM Millennium SUPER OVER stem, i have mount 4,5 cm (!!) spacers under this stem, this looks not really fine. My question is if i can
mount the stem the opposite way, in that case i gain approximatly 1 cm or even more. I can remove some spacer.
Has anybody expierence with this problem? I hope... I don't
want an adjustable stem, because it's never that stiff...

By the way the stem has an angle of 80 degrees...

Thanks,
Ron
Don't see why not...cory
Mar 4, 2002 9:05 AM
38 views of this post, and nobody answered? Makes me wonder if there's something about this stem I don't know...
As far as I DO know, though, there's no reason not to flop it over. It's pretty common.
What this means down deep, though, is that your frame may be too small for you--if you have a lot of seatpost showing, then have to reach WAAY down to the bars, you're a victim of modern too-small sizing, or else the "sell this guy what we have in stock" approach to fit.
No problem ...tarwheel
Mar 7, 2002 9:15 AM
Unless the upside-down logo bothers you. BTW, Ritchey Pro and WCS stems have reversible logos so they can be positioned either way and look the same. I would seriously consider getting a stem with more rise than the ITM. Even with it flopped, that will not help you a whole lot. Look for a stem with +15 rise, like the Salsa SUL or a floppable 73/+17 stem.

BTW, needing this much height with your bars does not necessary mean your frame is too small. The "dirty little secret" with newer threadless stems is that your adjustability is very limited height-wise. Some of the frame manufacturers (like Litespeed) are addressing this problem by building frames with extended head tubes. If you prefer higher bars (and I am one who does), you've got several options:

-- Buying a frame that is slightly larger than recommended by fit formulas.
-- Buying a frame (usually a custom) with an extended head tube.
-- Installing a head tube extender (Serotta makes them) which effectively raises the head tube 2 cm.
-- Using lots of spacers below the stem.
-- Installing a positive rise stem.
-- Buying a stem with a relatively large height (the clamping portion).
Yup, I'd do it. nmSpoke Wrench
Mar 4, 2002 9:12 AM