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Quill Stem Size ?(3 posts)

Quill Stem Size ?lampshade
Nov 4, 2002 7:50 AM
I am in the process of building up an 80's Ross touring bike into a Fixte Gear. I am replacing the current stem, due to corrosion. Being young and only familiar w/ threadless, I went to my LBS and they said that all quill stems should be 1" steerers. I bought a 1" stem, but when I took it home, it was noticeably fatter than the bike's original stem and would not fit in the headset/frame. I have looked at all of the online retailers and cannot find a quill stem in a size smaller than 1". Was there ever another popular size for quill stems and where can I get one? Or is just b/c the Ross was not a very high quality bike.
Is it .833-inch?Silverback
Nov 4, 2002 8:54 AM
Some older American bikes used a skinnier stem--I think it was .833 inch, but it's been awhile so that could be wrong. My first mountain bike, a Mongoose about 15 years ago, had one, and I could never find a replacement. A "one inch" stem is actually 22.2mm in diameter, and the .833 would be 21.15. BMX bikes used to use them, too, but I have no idea if they still do. If you're really stuck, maybe check thrift shops for $15 bikes you can cannibalize?
Is it .833-inch?lampshade
Nov 4, 2002 9:21 AM
Thanks for the reply. When I measured on a measuring tape it was just over 3/4", so that may be it. I may just use the old stem, it is ugly and the wedge part is slightly coroded, but I think it will get me by. I may stop by another LBS and see if they have any lying around in the back.