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Thomson Road Stems and Cinelli Quill Adapters(4 posts)

Thomson Road Stems and Cinelli Quill AdaptersMeDotOrg
Jun 21, 2001 4:35 PM
Thomson's Elite is one of the most prized stems on the Mountain Bike review board (52 reviews - 4.88 average).

This spring, Thomson introduced a road bike stem - but there are no reviews yet. What's the word on these?

Also, I'm thinking of using Cinelli's quill stem adapter with the Thomson. Has anyone used one of these, and, if so, how stable is it?
re: Thomson Road Stems and Cinelli Quill Adaptersweed
Jun 22, 2001 6:19 AM
I just installed my Thomson on Tuesday. It definately stiffened up the control area. The clamp is very wide, so I would assume the bar can't flex as much. It is not the lightest stem out there, but it sure gets the job done.

I don't see any problem with your suggested setup. Just plan on feeling the adaptor flex because the stem won't.
I could see getting an adaptor if you already had a setup withbill
Jun 22, 2001 7:52 AM
a threadless stem, but why would you get both? Just to have the threadless stem? Quill stems are still very much available. While I realize that threadless is the future, I think that quill stems are a lot prettier, and I have to believe that whatever are the functional advantages of threadless (less weight and, I guess, meatier clamping to steerer yielding better distribution of stresses), they are going to be compromised with the adaptor. Adaptors make work okay, but I can't believe that they provide any advantage over a quill setup unless you are trying to use a particular threadless stem, such as one you already have.
I could see getting an adaptor if you already had a setup withMeDotOrg
Jun 22, 2001 8:36 AM
It has to do with stockpiling components for my next bike. I can adopt my Chris King headset for threadless, if I buy a threadless stem I can use it with a threadless fork on my next bike. I'll put the quill stem back on the Bianchi when I'm ready to sell it.