Any stem options for 1 1/4 threadless fork - Shimmed 1.5, maybe?
I've got a cool old mtb with a 1 1/4 threadless fork that I'm cleaning up. I'd like to keep the original fork, but obviously the stem selection is pretty thin. I was wondering if I could shim a 1.5 stem or maybe an early Headshock stem down. I don't know how much bigger those headshock steerer tubes were, but I'm open to options as long as I can keep the original fork.
I don't really know what size I'm going to need yet. The bike is a pretty weird setup, the steerer tube is threaded for the headset and then has an extended part above for the threadless stem to clamp to. I'd like to set it up with a dirtdrop, but I'd need an stem with rise. It looks like a Santana tandem one might be my only chance. I might look at homedepot and see if there is any pipe with the right ID and OD to make a shim for 1.5 since stems are soo much cheaper in that size. Here's the project:
No, the extension is part of the fork. It holds the compression and lockout internals. I'll try to take another pic later today. It's a Redline 20th anniversary frameset with a Browning Aero-tech linkage fork.