I have the opportunity to buy a used titanium quilled stem, zero-rise, $40. I have an old touring bike and I need a stem ASAP and orders for something new will come in too late for my needs.
What do you think? What should I beware of in a used quilled stem?
The alternative is a new quill-adapter + new-style stem.
My initial reaction is to the second option is that it's yet another piece/point of contact that could go-wrong (I'm going on a tour in Europe soon, don't need the extra problems). I've always had a quilled stem and it's worked perfectly well for many, many wonderful biking years (I need a new one because after a bike fit the original is too short). I talked extensively with a LBS, and after this discussion I now a bit more confident of this second option, but, relatively speaking I am still more comfortable with the titanium quill stem option.
What do you think...the quilled stem or the two-piece (adaptor + new style stem) option? And why, please. Titanium in a quilled, for $40, seems like a good idea all-around to me....