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1" stems and shims(10 posts)

1" stems and shimssharkey
Mar 4, 2002 6:19 AM
I have a custom steel bike with a threadless 1" steerer tube. Recently, I decided to replace the stem with a slightly longer, lower one. After checking every major manufacturer of stems, I have come to the conclusion that no one makes a 1" threadless stem . . . What they give you is a 1 1/8", a shim, and a top cap. Maybe it's just me, but the last thing I want holding my $120.00 headset onto my $100.00 stem is a piece of scrap metal. I realize that the new standard for steerer tubes is 1 1/8. I also realize that this is a cost cutting measure for these stem manufacturers. What boggles my mind is that this practice extends into some majorly expensive stem systems . . .

I'll spare you an all out rant, and just ask: Does anyone know of a manufacturer who still makes a 1" threadless stem?
There are some 1" stems out there.Barnyard
Mar 4, 2002 6:44 AM
I believe ITM, "The Big one" comes in one inch. However I use a Thomson stem with a spacer on a 1" carbon steerer. I find nothing wrong with the set up. I even figure the spacer more evenly dispearses the pressure of the clamp on the carbon steerer. I even have plans to buy an other Thomson Stem, and you guessed it, with a spacer. The industry standard has become 1 and 1/8. I can live with it. Finally, would you like a little cheese and crackers with your whine?
as long as the stem is clamped tightly...weiwentg
Mar 4, 2002 7:11 AM
... why would you worry? I seriously don't think there's anything to worry about. I'm using a 1-1/8" stem with a shim, btw.
I wouldn't over do the clamping.Spoke Wrench
Mar 4, 2002 8:20 AM
I recently installed a Thompson stem (with shim) on my Klein. The torque spec for all of the bolts on the Thompson stem is 48 in/lbs. That's like next to nothing. I used to think those had to be really clamped down to hold the bike together, but I keep hearing about guys stripping out expensive stems by over torqueing them.
re: 1" stems and shimscyclopathic
Mar 4, 2002 6:58 AM
there're planty of 1" stems if you're willing to go to cheaper ones or generics.
Look around, you might find older 1" laying around good luck

PS here's one
I use a 1 1/8 w/ a shim on a 1" threadless . . .morrison
Mar 4, 2002 8:01 AM
on my fixed. No problems whatsoever.
Mar 4, 2002 8:05 AM
Salsa SUL is available in 1". Nice stem with lots of rise and reach options, although heavier than most. It's what I use. I tried a bunch of different stems and the SUL just looked the best with my frame, which has narrower tubing than most newer steel bikes. Most of the other brands I tried used shims (TTT Forgie, Ritchey PRO and WCS). I wouldn't hesitate to use a 1-1/8 with a shim. It's just not a big deal. If you're stuck on finding a 1", do a search for stems on eBay. You might even find a bargain. Also, lots of on-line shops have the old Ritchey Pro models on sale right now for $30 or so. You might be able to find one of those in 1", although their new models have switched to 1-1/8, I think.
re: 1" stems and shimsDINOSAUR
Mar 4, 2002 9:08 AM
I just swapped out the stem on my Kein which has a 1" steerer. I opted for a Profile Design as that's all my LBS had in a 11cm. It has a 1" shim, but it works fine. I rode for three years with a shim for my Syncros stem and never encountered a problem. I contacted Klein and they listed a couple of stems: 3TTT, Deda, Cinelli, said the Profile would work fine. I really don't think you have to worry about this. But if you are check out the stems on the Colorado Cyclist website, they list several 1" stems (3TTT Forgie, Ritchey to name a few)..However I'm not absolutely sure that these don't come with shims...
try finding a MTB stemlaffeaux
Mar 4, 2002 10:06 AM
I recently tried finding a 1" threadless stem for a MTB. If you think finding a good reaod stem is tough...

I finally gave up and went with a 1 1/8" stem with a shim. Seems to work fine.
re: 1" stems and shimsRoger h
Mar 4, 2002 3:18 PM
I just picked up a nice Titec road stem 1" for $15 plus shipping-