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stem bar compatibility and frame quesion(3 posts)

stem bar compatibility and frame quesionjason in nh
May 14, 2001 5:09 AM
I was wondering if the diameter on a mountain stem is the same as on a road stem, I want to run a road bar on my mountain bar.

Also has anyonehad any experience on salsa la cruz?
re: stem bar compatibility and frame quesionernesto
May 15, 2001 12:25 PM
not the same diameter. You're better off getting a stem that has a removable face plate.
stem bar compatibilityswede16
May 23, 2001 8:39 AM
I second Ernesto's opinion. I'm running a road bar on a mountain stem with a removable face plate. It wasn't pretty setting it up because the the road bar is a wider diameter than the mountain stem so you end up having a reshaped the face plate. The drawback is that this stem can only be used with a road bar from now on. The benefit is you can save a lot of money--you can get a threadless mountain stem with a removable face plate for under $10 (through mail order) and is selling a roadbar for $10 as well. It might not be the lightest or the prettiest, but it gets the job done.

If you want to run drops with your current mountain stem, you can always get WTB's drop bar. See the post by Matt Chester on 4/15. I checked with WTB and they still have them in stock. is selling them for $68.00. The benefits with these bars is that you can you use your existing stem without trashing it and that you can mount your mountain brakes/shifters on the bar without having to widen them (something you would have to do if you wanted to mount them on a traditional road bar).