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Stem Research(8 posts)

Stem ResearchSaddle_Sore
Nov 3, 2003 9:12 AM
I need to get a new handlebar stem for this bike that I am building up. The frame is only a Reynolds 531c and the running gear is Shimano 600, so nothing too exotic. Does anyone have any recommendations, e.g. ITM, Zepp, Colnago, Deda.

Oh yeah, my headset is threaded so I reckon I'll need an adapter but I've spotted the Cinelli A-head adapter which ought to do the trick.

Any comments (apart from those along the lines of "your bike is crap why bother") would be appreciated.
...along the lines of 'why bother'Steve_0
Nov 3, 2003 9:21 AM
If youre shopping for a stem, why bother getting the 'wrong' stem which will require an adapter? Just get a quill.

FWIW - Its bad enough people criticize other's rides; dont criticize your own. Its 97 percent of any bike here.
agree w/ both pointsOffTheBack
Nov 3, 2003 9:32 AM
I would just get a quill stem, it will look better and not be any heavier. Check e-bay for Cinelli, salsa, modolo, etc.
Stem Sell ResearchpedalAZ
Nov 3, 2003 10:15 AM
Don't let the conservatives rattle you. Stem sell research is key to keeping a bike in top shape and well fitted. Just don't get carried away and start cloning bike parts.
Surely your comments don't apply to hybrids (nm)Crankist
Nov 3, 2003 10:42 AM
Stay with the quillSteve98501
Nov 3, 2003 11:26 AM
I agree with the others who suggested that you use a quill stem and avoid using an adapter. For the non-exotic quill stems, the Performance brand is reasonably priced and not bad looking, altho slightly bulky. A less reasonably priced, and most beautiful stem I've seen, is the Goccia that came on my Merckx this summer. I'd seen some nice ones, but this is like art for about $70 or so.

Have fun building!

Steve
re: Stem Researchtarwheel
Nov 3, 2003 12:14 PM
Save yourself a lot of hassle and buy a quill stem with a removable face-cap. That way you can easily change stems without having to remove your bar tape, brakes, etc. A quill stem gives you the added flexibility of being able to adjust handlebar height more easily than threadless. Some good quill stems with removable face-caps include Salsa SUL, Profile H2O and 3TTT Motus. The Salsa stem comes in a wide range of rises and reaches, costs about $65 retail. H2O is the least expensive, running $30-40, and also comes in a range of rises and reaches. The Motus looks most like a classic quill stem, but is harder to find only comes in -17 rise; costs about $60 retail.
re: Stem ResearchSaddle_Sore
Nov 3, 2003 12:49 PM
Thank you to everyone for your advice and responses. Quill stem it is!

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