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Old 01-14-10, 12:19 PM   #1
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Reccomend a stem please.

I'm looking to raise my handlebars on my 1993 Cannondale T700 - I run a decent amount of seatpost and want the bars at least level with the saddle. As of now the stems maxed out and puts the bars about an inch below the saddle. I believe the stem has 100mm of reach, and I feel rather stretched out when on the hoods, and find myself riding the tops most of the time.

So in my search for a taller slightly less extended stem, whats my best option? I realize the taller the stem is the less total reach it will give.

I like the technomics's but don't want to drop $50 without the option to exchange it. (Can't find it at any LBS's). If I go that option should I just get another 100mm one?

Are there any viable adjustable ones?
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Old 01-14-10, 12:31 PM   #2
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In my opinion, the adjustable stems are really only appropriate for short term solutions. Also, you might find that a shorter stem is all you really need. Shorter stem will allow you to feel like you don't have to reach as far to the hoods while still allowing you to be able to get comfortably into a more aggressive and aerodynamic position in the drops. Does your bike use a 1" quill stem?
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Old 01-14-10, 12:49 PM   #3
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Yes, 1 inch quill stem/threaded headset. 26mm clamp area needed.

I plan on using this bike for touring - so I would like the more relaxed position. My motobecane can be the racer.
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Nitto "Technomic" FTW:

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Old 01-14-10, 03:43 PM   #5
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Not much choice in quill srems these days. Lower the saddle to stem height to check reach, then order the right extension Nitto.
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if you want a quill stem up high, it's pretty much got to be a nitto. I know it's not an exhange, but if it's too long or short, you can always sell it on ebay for most of the purchase price. They do command a bit of a premium, even on the used market.
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I think you should be able to figure out the stem length you need fairly easily. After all, you have the bike in your possession and you seem to have a good idea of what you're striving for. There's a Nitto Technomic out there with your name on it; gather your thoughts and your measurements and order it! Seriously.
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Another option would be a threadless to quill adapter. Then bucket loads of various road stems would be useable. Or if you were willing to swap bars over to the new 36.8 center style you could use any number of higher rise angle MTB stems.

This is what they look like. It was the first link of google that showed a picture of what they look like. It may not be the best price or where you want to shop.
http://www.bikepartsplace.com/discou...dless-adapter/

At the risk of hijacking the thread I've never understook why Nitto keeps the same sharp angle "7" shape for this whole line. After all, doesn't it make sense that anyone wanting the really LONG stems wants more rise? So why stick with the acute angle when a more open angle would provide more rise and look more in keeping with the use?
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At the risk of hijacking the thread I've never understook why Nitto keeps the same sharp angle "7" shape for this whole line. After all, doesn't it make sense that anyone wanting the really LONG stems wants more rise? So why stick with the acute angle when a more open angle would provide more rise and look more in keeping with the use?
Nitto Dirtdrop.
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Just be aware that raising the stem will make the effective reach a lot shorter -- the reach to think about isn't the distance from seat to handle bar, it's the distance from shoulder (when your back is at the preferred angle) to bar. IMO.

I'm a fan of bars up high and stretched forward, personally. 130mm Technomics FTW.

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Nitto Dirtdrop.
Well, the problem with the geometry is that the biggest dirt drop, 100mm, only reaches forward as far as an 80mm Technomic. I've never understood why riser stems aren't made with longer extensions. If you can go up to 120mm with a flat stem you ought to be able to offer 150mm with a riser.

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Nitto Dirtdrop.
DOH! I guess I should have known.

I've never bought a Nitto product but I've come close to it. And they DO make stuff that saves the old school crowd. To my mind the Dirt Drop stem would be more in keeping with a set of bars that are needing to be put up higher for comfort. The trick will be to stuff the slightly larger road bars into them. Something that a little time and care with a drum sander in a hand drill would manage.
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DOH! I guess I should have known.

I've never bought a Nitto product but I've come close to it. And they DO make stuff that saves the old school crowd. To my mind the Dirt Drop stem would be more in keeping with a set of bars that are needing to be put up higher for comfort. The trick will be to stuff the slightly larger road bars into them. Something that a little time and care with a drum sander in a hand drill would manage.
The Dirtdrop comes in 26.0mm clamp diamter. They make another stem, the Periscopa, that's even taller, and it comes in 25.4mm clamp diameter-
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Those nittos are nice, I remember looking into them when i couldn't find any 25.4 handlebars for my Trek 2100. they were like 70 bucks though! I see used old cheap MTB 1" stems all the time in Bike stores used parts selection, at bike stores with used parts selection. Might be worth looking into as its unlikely you will have to drop more than 15 bucks. whatever you get make sure the clamp diameter matches your bars.
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The Ritchey adjustable-stem is an exception to these being temporary. These suckers have multi-vaned design that holds these as stable as a one-piece stem. They look pretty sharp, too. I rode with one for a year on my vintage PUCH racer - never gave me any reason to change it. I did though - when I found the Thomson-stem I was looking for on sale.
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Old 01-15-10, 12:19 PM   #15
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I'll play with it more tonight. I've read enough about the technomic's to drool over them.

Already checked the used stem crate @ the local co-op, nothing in my size had enough rise. Don't really want to change handlebars either as my budget doesn't really support it, and I'd have to send back the crosstop levers I just got in.

I'll raise the bars to where I want them tonight, and check the reach with the current 100mm stem. Won't ride on it but I think it will give me a better idea. Thanks guys.
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