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ritchey stem question(6 posts)

ritchey stem questionGall
Mar 4, 2002 3:45 PM
when trying to order my WCS i was advised that they no longer make the stem for the 1" steerer. they said that i would have get the 1 18" and use a shim to get it to the 1". the main reason why i really wanted the ritchey was so i could get the 1".

have any of you used the ritchey with the shim? are they good to go or should i "steer" away from this set up?

thanks again
re: ritchey stem questionPat1
Mar 4, 2002 7:42 PM
I bought a WCS from Excel last month. The shim is nicely machined, and it works with no problems. The plus is that if you ever get a new frame, you just pop out the shim and use the stem on a 1 1/8 steerer. I am very happy with the WCS stem. It's on sale now at Excel Sports.
Yep, it works fine. nmBirddog
Mar 4, 2002 7:44 PM
I have the WCS and a 1" Ritchey stemPaul
Mar 5, 2002 4:53 AM
They are both on 1 " steerers. No problem using the shim. The inch cap will push down the shim down for a good fit, the lip should be facing up so the cap will have an inch surface to sit on. You can get a larger mountain bike cap(11/8) from your LBS if you want to. I spoke to a mechanic before I did it, and he said that it was okay to do. If you have noticed, more and more stems are coming this way due to the industry change to 11/8 forks.

Remember, the stem should be about 3mm higher then the steerer, and tighten the steerer cap first then the stem, reverse when taking off. A rookie mistake is to tighten the stem first, then the steerer cap resulting in striped threads on the inserted nut.

forgot to mention the WCS rise in inchesPaul
Mar 5, 2002 5:09 AM
I drawed on graph paper, the variuos angles that stems come in. For a 100mm stem length (what i have), the WCS(+- 6 deg) will give a rise of 7/16" when in the 78 deg, and 7/8" when in the 84 deg position from the top tube. All you need is a protractor to do this. I based my measuremnts using the head tube angle of 73 deg then drawing a 90 deg angle, then measuring my 100mm stem across the angles for height. It's confusing in the ads, for ex. one company will say 80 deg excel), and Performance will say -10 for the same stem. Well, they are both the same. A -17 deg stem angle) is parallel with the top tube (ground), 90-73.
Never Didgrzy
Mar 6, 2002 11:08 AM
The Pro came in a 1", but the WCS never did.