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Old 01-06-06, 08:44 AM   #1
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steeper dropping stems for 26.0 bars

I have a set of 26.0 drop bars I really love and don't want to give up, but I'd like a stem with a steeper drop (I like how they look and I want to get my body a little lower over the bike). Best I can find is the Nitto Pearl which is 70 degrees, which is about what I have now. I was wondering if anyone had any other makers or models to look at. I don't mind spending a bit nothings too good for my baby

sorry if this isn't the best forum to ask this, I tried asking in the fixed gear/ss forum and got no replies. that place seems to be having it's "time of the month" again.

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Old 01-06-06, 09:02 AM   #2
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You'll have a tough time finding road stems with more than a 20-degree drop. You might find something designed for a big rise (modern equivalent of Nitto's DirtDrop stem) and then just flip it, but with too much drop you might bump into the headset itself, and need an extra spacer to make room, and thus the spacer will nullify any gains in the drop of the handlebar.
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Is this for threadless or threaded headset setup?
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....so are you looking for a track type stem....? I'm using 26mm bars in a Nitto track stem....very tight fit, but doable.
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yea, my LBS said it wouldnt fit, and the only Nitto NJ Pros I've seen are 25.4. Was there some trick to get it in? Do you know the model of your stem?

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I think a track stem would sully up the looks of your beautifiul bike.

fixer, couldn't you get the same bar position by using 0deg stem and shove it all the way down in the steerer?
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yea, my LBS said it wouldnt fit, and the only Nitto NJ Pros I've seen are 25.4. Was there some trick to get it in? Do you know the model of your stem?
I've got the Nitto Jaguar 90mm track stem in aluminum, not steel. Lots of careful prying and muscle power to get them in.....
If I were you, I'd get the 25.4mm bars also...
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boston - thanks. it may just stay the way it is, but I want to look into my options. FWIW I'm attached to the bars because a) narrow b) light c) not to deep and most importantly d) they have those old school hotness nitto crest logos. I'm too attached

I'm also considering switching the miche cranks for an older campy, but i'm on the fence. may just save the campy for the next bike.
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fixer, couldn't you get the same bar position by using 0deg stem and shove it all the way down in the steerer?
You read my mind. I was thinking of doing just that a couple of weeks ago, but using a standard -17 degree XA stem......just for the sake of continuity from the stem to bar....
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Take a look in http://www.yellowjersey.org/stemz.html or talk to Andy Muzi at Yellow Jersey.
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Yes there is a trick in getting them in. I got 26.0 into the 25.4 Nittos before. Reverse the bolt all the way out and thread it back in the other way. You'll have to find some sort of thin metal plate to wedge in the gap to block the bolt from passing through the other side and to leverage the stem open. Be careful to not use too much force. Once they're in, put the bolt back in the proper way and those bars will not be going anywhere. Sorry I don't know the proper terminology. I hope this makes sense.
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