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head tube extenders(5 posts)

head tube extenderstarwheel
Oct 17, 2002 7:49 AM
Does anyone else make a head tube extender similar to the "Heads-Up" sold by Serotta? In typical Serotta fashion, the product seems high quality but overpriced at $60. This seems like a good money-making opportunity for some of the bike component manufacturers like Ritchey, Profile, etc. They could make them out of aluminum and sell for $20 and still make a decent profit. With all the new bikes with threadless forks/ headsets, this seems like a good way to raise up your handlebars without using a lot of spacers. Here's a link in case you aren't familiar with the Serotta extender:
no marketstr8dum1
Oct 17, 2002 10:01 AM
why not buy a frame that fits to begin with? If you need that many spacers, the bike doesnt fit you correctly. Theres 1000s of bikes with all different sized head tubes.
The people that buy those headtube extenders are the freds that buy bikes based on name alone (ie typical serotta owner). They could care less about proper fit but only need a penis extension. But on a less cynical note, if you wanted to reduce spacer #, buy a riser stem. or a steer tube extender (theres your 20$ solution).

or better yet say screw what other people think, use an Al steerer and go nuts with the spacers on a -17 stem and ride your bike.
So are you saying a bike with an extended headtubeDave Hickey
Oct 17, 2002 10:13 AM
doesn't fit? How the hell do you know? Have you measured this person? Do you know how flexible they are? Calfee, Merlin and others sell bikes with an extended headtube because some people prefer comfort over a sore back. I'm sorry, but save your stem police comments for the bike gallery.
aftermarket extender?str8dum1
Oct 17, 2002 12:03 PM
are you talking about a longer headtube or some piece of aftermarket aluminum shoved into a 3000$ frame?

if the frame fit you properly, then you can easily get the 1-2" drop without many spacers.

thats why you look at the head tube measurement to begin with. if you aren't flexible, non racer, comfort over aero etc, you would be looking at a touring frame or something with a relaxed geometry anyhow (ie: giants new TCRs are avail as 2 models, one with a longer headtube for rec riders).

With all the frames available, i don't understand why people would limit themselves to a frame b/c of the name and not proper fit.

and i said use all the spacers that you want. i'm no stem police.
beg to differtarwheel
Oct 17, 2002 10:41 AM
Take a look at the photos of the bikes on Serotta, Landshark and other custom builders web sites. Many, if not most of them, appear to have extended head tubes. With threadless stems/forks it is very hard to raise handlebars to any height without lots of spacers and a riser stem -- and it has very little to do with improper fit. Almost all of the cycling books recommend a handlebar height about even with the saddle to 1-2" below. With threaded/quill stems, all you have to do is raise the stem to achieve this. To raise the handlebar to this height on a threadless bike, you generally need a riser stem and lots of spacers. Anyway, it seems that a headtube extender has a cleaner appearance than using lots of spacers.