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stem question(6 posts)

stem questionmaximum15
Nov 18, 2001 5:13 PM
I'm putting my xmas list together and a new stem is definetely going to be on it. Here is the question -- threaded or threadless via a Cinelli quill adapter. Bike is a '99 model trek 2300 with the original Icon carbon fork. Seems like the choices (affordable) in quill stems is getting slim. Anyone with good / bad experiences or advice they would like to share?
re: stem questiongtx
Nov 18, 2001 6:39 PM
by all means stick with the quil stem. Makes it much easier to make adjustements up and down and will be lighter than using some kind of adapter. ITM, TTT and Cinelli all make nice, affordable ones--Excel Sports stocks the first two, anyway. The ITM Elipse is a very nice, modern looking quil stem for $36.
Another vote for ITM ElipseNessism
Nov 19, 2001 9:17 AM
Very nicely constructed stem. Uses Columbus Nivcrom steel which is very strong. Fairly light and stiff. My only beef was with the lettering on the side - since removed with lacquer thinner.
re: quillSteveS
Nov 18, 2001 7:51 PM
I think quilled stems are better overall. There are some closeouts at some of the mail order places on Salsa and ITM, check them out.
Deda Murexdano
Nov 18, 2001 10:50 PM
The selection of quill stems is certainly getting thinner as threadless headsets take over. I just recently put a Deda Murex quill stem on one of my bikes and really like it. Very cool looking stem which also works well. But the feature that I really like about it is the two-bolt open-face design just like the threadless stems. If you travel and pack your bike, the open-face design is so much nicer. Also so much easier to install the handlebar in the stem without scratching the bar. Why there aren't more quill stems with the open face design, I don't know. List price is a bit over $60, but I've seen them on sale for $40.
Other open-face modelstarwheel
Nov 19, 2001 5:31 AM
Mfgrs are starting to make more open-face quill stems. Here are a couple more to check out -- the TTT Motus, which retails for about $50, and the Salsa SUL, which is about $70. I have a Salsa SUL threadless and it is a nice stem, although a little heavier than most. I've seen the Motus and it is the nicest looking open-face quill stem I've seen, it's light and the price is good. You can get the Motus on-line at or Also, Supergo has the Mutant stem available in an open-face quill.