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Since I hate threadless headsets anyway, I can ask this:(11 posts)

Since I hate threadless headsets anyway, I can ask this:scottfree
Aug 15, 2002 8:09 AM
What the hell is WRONG with spacers and riser stems, if they're the only way to adjust the height of the damn things? Is there a real technical reason for this disdain, or it it just typical inexplicable roadie aesthetics ('We don't like it cause WE don't like it?')
The latter. (nm).Eager Beagle
Aug 15, 2002 8:16 AM
That's simply not how it's DONE! (nm)cory
Aug 15, 2002 8:50 AM
...Purely a matter of breeding, my good man...(nm)Crankist
Aug 15, 2002 9:25 AM
Nothing wrong with it...biknben
Aug 15, 2002 9:20 AM
I don't know why people get hung up on this subject either. I did it on my ride and the wrench pointed out that the logo on the stem is up side down. I came up with some smart ass comment and laughed in his face.
The retro's and the anal retentive need fuel for the fire. nmJuanmoretime
Aug 15, 2002 10:10 AM
use to bug me, not any moretarwheel
Aug 15, 2002 10:10 AM
When I bought a new bike a year ago, I was disappointed because I couldn't buy it with a threaded fork and stem. That meant using a riser stem and spacers. At first, I hated the look. Now I'm used to it and I kind of like it. The bike fits me great. And for all their drawbacks, threadless stems are easier to remove/replace, particularly with removable face caps. But I still prefer the look of a classic quill stem.
FreddishGalibier
Aug 15, 2002 10:40 AM
Spacers and riser stems are the mark of a rookie; true roadies keep their handlebars way low. If you find that position to be painful, just load up on ibuprofen or cut your ride short. Better to be out of shape than out of style.
retrogrouches of the world unite!sn69
Aug 15, 2002 10:40 AM
Unless you're sacrificing safety and structural integrity on carbon steerer forks by putting too many spacers in, it really doesn't matter as long as the rest of the bike fits you well. I run 3.5 cm of stack on an alloy steerer...looks a bit goofy but works great.

"Illinois Stem Nazis. I hate Illinois Stem Nazis...."
Nothing wrong w/extra spacers unless it was a custom built frameTig
Aug 15, 2002 10:48 AM
If a custom frame is built with a threadless fork in mind, and proper measurements are provided or taken, there should be only a few spacers needed under/over the stem to allow for fine tuning. This is more important with carbon steerer tubes, and even more so with a 1" carbon steerer to reduce flex and possible failure. Carbon steerers have manufacturer's limits on how long they can extend above the head tube for a good reason: safety. A long enough head tube or head tube extension above the top tube is all it takes. Many frame builders are doing this on their stock frames.

Otherwise, it is pure aesthetics! I'm lucky since I don't need more than 1 small spacer to get my favorite fit while using a -10 stem. I get comfort and the ever so important ultra cool aesthetics... yada, yada, yada...
The point is moot on a real (quill) stem. Scrap that junk...Djudd
Aug 15, 2002 2:34 PM
and get real components Threadless indeed.. next thing you know we'll have shifters on the brakes.