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    threaded quil fork -> normal fork + stem?

    I have an aluminum frame with a quill stem and a threaded headset. When I upgrade the fork, can I go with an unthreaded steerer if I replace the stem/headset? Will the frame take a normal headset?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toolong View Post
    I have an aluminum frame with a quill stem and a threaded headset. When I upgrade the fork, can I go with an unthreaded steerer if I replace the stem/headset? Will the frame take a normal headset?
    Yes, you can.

    And as you are aware, you will need to replace all threaded headset associated parts with threadless (or Ahead-set) parts. (ie upper & lower races, fork crown race, etc.)
    The only caveat is to know what size you are starting with - either 1" or 1 1/8" - I'm lead to believe finding 1" threadless parts is getting more difficult.

    Ask your LBS or bike-savvy friends for what's involved.

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by gutbucket View Post
    Yes, you can.

    And as you are aware, you will need to replace all threaded headset associated parts with threadless (or Ahead-set) parts. (ie upper & lower races, fork crown race, etc.)
    The only caveat is to know what size you are starting with - either 1" or 1 1/8" - I'm lead to believe finding 1" threadless parts is getting more difficult.

    Ask your LBS or bike-savvy friends for what's involved.

    Dave
    I agree, 1" is getting harder to find new. If it were me, I'd measure how high I have my current quill stem at. You realize that threadless has less adjustment than a quill. If you ride with your bars high you might not be able to duplicate that position with a threadless. Measure first and buy once. Good luck

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