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What about converting to threadless??(11 posts)

What about converting to threadless??Kristin
Apr 7, 2003 12:29 PM
How is the quality of the components?

Should I buy the Easton EC70 threaded fork (Will have to have it cut and rethreaded), or the Threadless conversion kit?

Currently I have a newly installed, never ridden Profile 60mm, 105 profile stem. (Won't be able to sell that!!), and a Meche threaded headset. I'd be replacing these with the items in Performances kit?
IMHO, I'd stay threaded.....Dave Hickey
Apr 7, 2003 12:40 PM
I've gone back to threaded forks and stems on all my bikes. I can adjust the stem up or down 3cm without messing with spacers. Unless you're going with a all carbon fork(steerer), weight savings are minimal.
unless the bike's "a keeper", I wouldn'tDougSloan
Apr 7, 2003 2:34 PM
Unless you have an expensive frame or one with some emotional attachment that you intend to keep, I wouldn't put much money into it converting to threadless, not even $170 (plus tax/shipping/labor).

re: What about converting to threadless??Swat Dawg
Apr 7, 2003 4:41 PM
I have a threadless on my bike, and while yes their is the advantage of being able to easily adjust the stem height, I have discovered that the front end of my bike is not nearly as stiff as bikes with threadless set ups. I did not realize how much I flex the bars back and forth until I rode a friend's 1" threadless set-up. The bike moved much more precisely underneath me in direct response to my input at the handlebars. With the threadless I flex the bars and it has a noticable affect on performance. Try riding someone elses threadless set up and see how it feels comparatively, then make your decision based on how it feels versus the minor loss in stem height adjustability.

Swat Dawg '04
Relevant costsFez
Apr 7, 2003 4:42 PM
If your fork is toast, you have to buy another one regardless. And you would have labor charges either way.

So the only relevant costs are headset and stem. Way more choices in threadless headsets and stems. Recently, I have found the selection and sizes of threaded stems to be dwindling.

You can get a cheap DiaCompe or Cane Creek threadless headset for less than $25. Some Performance threadless stems are $10-25, depending on the sale.

Price it up and see for yourself.

If its for you, threadless has a greater selection. If you just want to piece the bike together so its rideable, do whatever is cheapest.
re: What about converting to threadless??rogue_CT1
Apr 7, 2003 6:06 PM
I don't mean to hijack the thread but here goes a threaded/ threadless question. Can a threaded carbon fork with an alloy steerer tube be cut down, and a star nut added to convert it to a threadless system? Is there anyway this could work? It seems that the threadless stem clamps onto the steerer tube therefore the only problem I could see would be affixing the star nut.
What do you think?
probably not enough exposed steer tube nmDougSloan
Apr 7, 2003 8:00 PM
probably not enough exposed steer tube nmrogue_CT1
Apr 7, 2003 8:59 PM
What about a 240mm steerer tube of my 63 cm bike to be used on my wife's new frame with a head tube of 103mm? I know it would need to be cut down but other than that would it work?

I'd really like to use it since it was bought new last year and used for only about a month, it's a Kestral EMS fork, so it's not to shabby for the wife. I just don't want to become a widower if it doesn't work right!!! Or worse yet, never hear the end of it if she lived through the crash. ;)
Apr 8, 2003 4:54 AM
As long as you have remove all of the threads when you cut it to length, then a formerly threaded steering tube is now threadless. It should work fine.
Thanks C-40 (nm)rogue_CT1
Apr 8, 2003 9:46 AM
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Apr 7, 2003 6:43 PM
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