|Stem/Handlebar clamp size||Rhidden|
Nov 20, 2001 8:08 AM
|What is the advantage of a 31.8mm clamp/handlebar bulge size over the old 26mm? My guess is strength, but are there any other known advantages? Are there more stem models available in the 26mm?
|The main advantage, as I understand it, is stiffness, which is||bill|
Nov 20, 2001 10:52 AM
|something a little different than strength. As for availability, a simple perusal of available stuff in catalogues says that anything over 26 mm is considered "oversized" and that less is available in the larger size. |
I'm not at all sure that 31.8 mm is considered a standard size, so I would be sure to match sizes exactly. For that matter, you should be aware that all 26 mm systems are not created equal; some are a true 26, and some are 25.6 or 25.8, or whatever. While it doesn't seem as if such a small difference should make a difference, I think that it could, and, for both aesthetic and function reasons, you probably are best off matching bars and stems by manufacturer and even model line.