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thinking of a Nitto Pearl stem(7 posts)

thinking of a Nitto Pearl stemDjudd
Nov 11, 2003 4:33 PM
rebuilding a 30 yr-old Schwinn World Voyageur I tried to stick to the Shimano theme of the OE. However, I'm feeling bad about the bar/stem combo of ITM "chromix" and Scatto bar with the "ergo" bend. These items stand out on the bike as not matching the 1st generation DuraAce cranks and the high flange hubs etc.
With this in mind I ebayed an old cinelli 66/44 bar. Now I'm looking at a Nitto Pearl stem. I've seen and owned lots of "technomatics" and and other Nitto stems and I'm old enough, 41, to remember the heyday of Cinelli stems...but I've only seen one Pearl and i loved it. The only problem is the cost, $56 at Bicycle Classics. Guess I'll take the plunge and do what's right. Anyone else get guilt pangs over these type of purchases
Clamp diameterDave Hickey
Nov 11, 2003 5:35 PM
Cinelli bars are 26.4 clamp. I might be wrong but I think the Nitto is 26.0 or 25.8
re:Clamp diameterDjudd
Nov 11, 2003 6:41 PM
I had the LBS measure the bar and was told it was 26.0 maybe they were wrong...which would end the debate over the Pealr stem
Depends on the ageDave Hickey
Nov 11, 2003 7:06 PM
Prior to 97, it's a 26.4 clamp.

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Cinelli used to make their handlebars and stems with their own standard of 26.4mm until they were bought by the same company which owns TTT, and then began to phase out the 26.4mm and move to the 26.0mm standard (change over occurred during '97-'00).
re: depends on the age...I just read on Sheldon Brown's..Djudd
Nov 11, 2003 7:16 PM
they changed in '98 to 26.0 ... coincides, mostly, with your info...if it doesn't work I'll get a Nitto bar and the Pearl stem...then I'll have the cinelli to add to the parts bin...thanks for the info
re: thinking of a Nitto Pearl stemrwbadley
Nov 12, 2003 7:27 AM
The Pearl is a real nice looking stem, I have one on the Paramount. Rivendell used to carry them. It is pretty solid too, but can give a bit of flex if you work at it.
re: thinking of a Nitto Pearl stemHeron Todd
Nov 12, 2003 8:54 AM
The Nitto Pearl stem is available in either a 25.4 or a 26.0 mm clamp diameter. They are available at Bicycle Classics, Momovelo, and Jitensha Studio (and probably some other places). We'll have some in ourselves after the first of the year. These are probably the most beautiful quill stems available.

Todd Kuzma
Heron Bicycles
Tullio's Big Dog Cyclery
LaSalle, IL 815-223-1776