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Stupid question re: threadless stems/steerers(4 posts)

Stupid question re: threadless stems/steerersXXX
Feb 24, 2002 1:42 PM
If you switch from a quill to a threadless stem, and get a nice fork and cut the steerer to your liking, then, a year later, get a new frame, are you screwed? Do you have to get a new fork if the head tube is a different length or just use moreless spacers?
re: Stupid question re: threadless stems/steererspa rider
Feb 24, 2002 3:12 PM
For example; if your current bike has four spacers and a head tube is six inches (you have high end stem and like to reuse it). The following rules apply:

1. New bike has small head tube, so the old fork can work, but all you need are some more spacers. Unless you wanted to drop the height of the stem you would cut it.

2. New bike has a head tube length longer (say 1/2 inch) you can either get a different stem that may be smaller or go with lesser spacers (say one spacer).

3. New bike head tube is excessive to length of head tube plus spaces on old bike, than you need to get a new fork.
Lets say the fork was already short, you have no room to change any parameters, that's why you need to get a new fork. Pre 1997 all we did for MTB forks was get a new crown/steer. I don't think you can do that with a road fork.

Hope this helps
re: Stupid question re: threadless stems/steerersBoris
Feb 24, 2002 3:21 PM
The best advice I can give is this:
put spacers under your stem (as many as you need for a comfortable ride), but also put spacers over it, so that you can keep the steerer tube nice and long. I dont personally do this, but I know people who do, and it works fine.
re: Stupid question re: threadless stems/steerersDINOSAUR
Feb 25, 2002 7:25 PM
Why would you want to put a used fork on a new frame? I wouldn't switch now, wait until you get the new frame. Threaded steerers are less hassle...