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Threaded/threadless comparison(4 posts)

Threaded/threadless comparisondddpt2
Jun 28, 2002 10:17 PM
Can someone give me a rundown on the pros and cons of a threadless fork setup vs. threaded? I've only had threaded, but I have to get a new fork, and I'm trying to figure out if it's worth also getting a new stem and headset to go threadless.
re: Threaded/threadless comparisonDaveG
Jun 29, 2002 5:26 AM
Pros: bar height easily adjustable, no cutting of fork
Cons: getting harder to find, headset somewhat harder to adjust, slightly heavier

Pros: slightly lighter, easier to adjust headset bearing load, potentially stronger connection
Cons: Height not easily adjusted without spacers, saws, new stem
Agree - mostly.Spoke Wrench
Jun 29, 2002 6:23 AM
What Dave didn't say is you pretty much have to buy the right length threaded fork to match your bike. This means manufacturers have to stock several different sizes.

Unless you have an expensive carbon steerer, it looks to me like most of the advantages of threadless systems benefit the manufacturer more than the rider. That's also why I think threaded systems are becoming more rare.
worth it...C-40
Jun 29, 2002 8:40 AM
There really are few disadvantages to threadless. The common complaint is difficulty in adjusting bar height.

I never change the height of my bars once I have them set to my liking. In this regard, threadless has a distinct advantage. Once you have the steering tube spacers set to the desired height, you don't have to worry about it changing.

I measure the total length of the steering tube (with headset) and select a stem angle that will give me the desired bar height with NO spacers. Then it's a real no-brainer.

Put the stem on, mark the steering tube length using the stem as a guide, then cut the steering tube to the proper length (2-3mm shorter). If you want to be real safe, leave the steering tube 5-10mm long and place a spacer on top of the stem, in case you want to raise the bars.

Be sure to purchase an open-face stem to make stem changes a 5 minute job.