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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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    Well is the clamp diameter smaller or larger?
    Smaller obviously will not work.

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    In words of one syllable: NO

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    How strong are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by banzai_f16
    How strong are you?
    What difference does it make?
    It is my belief that every person in this world has something to teach, and everything to learn.

    In memory of Jim Price (aka. sydney) ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by juicemouse
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    Sure, just get the adpater that takes your 31.8 bar down to 26.0.
    My housemates are probably wondering what I'm laughing about just now.

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