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Quill Stem Sizing Question(8 posts)

Quill Stem Sizing QuestionMeDotOrg
Jun 13, 2001 11:49 AM
Excel Sports has a blowout on Salsa Quill Stems. The Sizes are 13cm and 14cm. How do I tell what size would be correct for my Bianchi Veloce? It's not listed on their website...
fit issueHank
Jun 13, 2001 12:36 PM
assuming you have a quil stem and 26.0 bars now (and I think you can even get those Salsas to work with Cinelli 26.4s, too - probably even the smaller 25.8s) both the 13 and 14 will fit your bike fine. The question is, will they fit you? If your bike fits you properly, your stem is probably 10-12 cm. You can measure it pretty easily yourself.
re: Quill Stem Sizing QuestionCliff Oates
Jun 13, 2001 12:40 PM
They'll both fit. Threaded steerers (with few exceptions that aren't relevant to what people are riding in this forum) are all the same size. The size indicates the length of the stem from the center of the stem bolt to the center of your handlebars. If your current stem measures either 13 or 14cm for this distance and you like the way it fits, then you have a winner.
Forgot about bar diameterCliff Oates
Jun 13, 2001 12:43 PM
Salsa is 26.0mm
13cm and 14cm is the length of the stemDave Hickey
Jun 13, 2001 12:40 PM
13cm and 14cm are the lengths of the stem. You need to know what size
steering tube. Is the Salsa 1" or 1 1/8"? Your Veloce is probably 1". Why do you want a new stem? Is your current stem too short or too long?
13cm and 14cm is the length of the stemMeDotOrg
Jun 13, 2001 2:34 PM
The weld on the stock ITM stem cracked. The bike shop gave me a replacement from a cheaper Bianchi. Looking for a nicer-looking stem.
Cracked ITM?Brian B.
Jun 13, 2001 3:52 PM
If the stem was fairly new, the bike shop should have given you an equivalent stem, not something cheaper...
Did you get to keep the broken stem? If so, you really should send it to ITM, and see what they will do for you.

Unless, of course, the stem was really old / abused / crashed, etc.
-Brian B.
Cracked ITM?MeDotOrg
Jun 13, 2001 4:26 PM
Well, this whole story was a bit unnerving. The week before the Cal AIDS ride, I was on a training ride. Around mile 40, I started hearing a clicking sound from the handlebar area. It started getting progressively worse (about another 30 miles home).

Memorial Day, I took my bike to the only open bike shop I could find. The mechanic said "it's your headset". Sure enough, when I turned my headset I could feel a distinct indent near center. On my previous tuneup my regular mechanic had said the headset would not last a lot longer, so the next day I took the bike back to my regular shop and bite the bullet for a new Chris King headset. Rode the bike 1 block and discovered the clicking was still there. Went back to the bike shop where a more thorough inspection revealed the cracked stem. They slapped a replacment from what appears to be a Brava or a Strada, not an original replacement Veloce. The scary thing was that I went on the California AIDS ride the next week. On the ride someone took a header because their handlebars fell off. Lucky it wasn't me.

The bike was purchased in November, and was not crashed. I do remember hitting a pothole at speed on my training ride, but it didn't even knock my front rim out of true. Certainly not the kind of jolt that should crack a weld on a stem.

I probably should go back to the dealership and see if they will give me a credit towards a Salsa Stem.