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Old 04-07-06, 12:08 AM   #1
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oversized handlebars, standard stem

I inherited a 33.8 mm FSA K-wing, but have a standard EA50 stem. Can I use the K-wing without getting a new stem?
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Old 04-07-06, 12:33 AM   #2
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Well is the clamp diameter smaller or larger?
Smaller obviously will not work.
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How strong are you?
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What difference does it make?
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Old 04-07-06, 07:13 PM   #6
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What difference does it make?
It's a joke. I.e: are you strong enough to force the oversized bar into the not so large clamp?

Okay, maybe not so funny...especially since it needs to be explained. Should have found a way to include the sarcasm and wry grin with that.
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Ever hear about the square peg in the round hole?
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So, there are multiple standards for clamp diamter in handlebars.
  • 25.4mm - most flat bars, and cheaper or older road bars, some moustache bars
  • 26.0mm - standard road drop bars, some moustache bars
  • 26.4mm - some Cinelli drop bars, no longer produced but stuff is still floating around
  • 31.8mm - "oversized" clamp diameter - I assume this is what your handlebar is, not 33.8
26.0mm bars forced into a 25.4mm stem already doesn't work well - kinda crushes the bar at the clamp point, and weakens it. 31.8mm has no chance of workably fitting into a 26.0mm stem. You should buy a stem with 31.8mm clamp, designed for that sized handlebar clamp.
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Sure, just get the adpater that takes your 31.8 bar down to 26.0.
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Sure, just get the adpater that takes your 31.8 bar down to 26.0.
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