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Quill Stem Help
Please forgive me if this subject has been previously covered... I can find similar topics but I was hoping to get this spelled out for my own dumb self.
I am currently working with a quill stem for the first time and I am having height adjustment issues.
I am using a 100mm Nitto Technomic stem in a new IRO cycles 'Angus' track frame (size 56 cm). The issue I'm having isn't in getting the stem out (as seems more common) but actually getting the stem in far enough. The stem will insert past the 'minimum insertion' indicator, however, only by a few (2 or 3) centimeters approx.
To give a rough guide, when the stem is inserted as far as it seems to want to go, the wedge seems to be approx only half way down the head tube.
Is this common? Does anyone think that I have irregularities in my frame? I've had a look down there with a torch and there is certainly nothing visible (to my untrained eye... but I've had a good look)
Is it wise to try to force the stem in with a hammer etc... ( I don't think so).
Are Nitto Technomic stems made with a more upright riding position in mind, and therefore, I just need to purchase a stem with a more shallow 'root'?
I thank you all for your time with my rather painfull and generally 'newb-like' question.