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    Upright quill stems

    Having suffered a major back injury, I can no longer ride stretched out on my favorite bike. Does anyone still make a nice 1" quill stem with an upright bend? Nitto still stocks their Technomic but the more choices the better.
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    Nashbar has one on sale right now for $14.99, but it's not very pretty. Item NS-AQS

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    I bought one from a guy on ebay, he sells several sizes. Check item number: 320281431596
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    Nitto Dirt Drop is one option:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/NITTO-Dirt-Drop-...3286.m20.l1116

    Another option is to buy a 1" to 1 1/8" stem adapter such as the one that Velo Orange sells and then use a 1 1/8" stem with a decent amount of rise.

    Neal

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    What is wrong with the Technomic? I have one on my tourer and love it.

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    I've got the Nitto Technomic on two bikes and like that a lot. I have long arms and torso, and it gets me stretched out to a comfy position. Plus, it looks good on a classic road bike.

    Rivendell sells the technomic in various configuration as well as the dirtdrop in 80 and 100mm lengths, plus the Periscopa, which is like the Dirtdrop, just $20 cheaper.

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    I've tried both the Technomic and the DirtDrop for hi-rise. On looks, the DirtDrop wins hands down; well worth the extra dosh IMO. Very nicely finished, and anodized; beautiful shape; very sturdy. Only disadvantage to the DD is that there's little choice on extension; 100 or 80.

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    Dirtdrop.



    Shortened Dirtdrop. It required a shorter bolt.



    Technomic Deluxe. It has the same finish as the Dirtdrop. And is cold forged like the Dirtdrop. The Periscopa is the stem that has the finish comparable to the Technomic. This one has had the finish stripped and has been polished. The Dirtdrop will get the bars higher, but I prefer the traditional look of the Technomic Deluxe.


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    Salsa still sells their 1" quill with either a 90 or 105 degree. I actually like the look of that stem if the black finish works for you. If you can stomach it, there are still quite a few Kalloy choices also.

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    Kalloy makes a lower cost model. Good quality. However, it only comes in 100mm reach.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CardiacKid View Post
    What is wrong with the Technomic? I have one on my tourer and love it.
    Nothing at all. Technomics are great stems. I'd rather have a few different options though. Life would be boring if everyone had a Technomic stem.
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    salsa quill with -15, 0 or 15 degree rise are still available..

    http://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...id=8835&type=T

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    If you opt to swap-out the stem from 1" to 1 X 1/8" with a stem-converter, may I suggest the Ritchey Adjustable Stem? It has a nearly infinite possibles of stem-rise for your comfort. And it's utterly solid. Unless you looked at it, you'd never know it was a two-piece structure. This way, when you feel stiffer, maybe, and need a different angle - it's there for you.
    How do you keep an idiot in suspense?

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    Nitto periscopa for 25.4 bars. Like dirtdrop, but costs less.

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by cs1 View Post
    Nothing at all. Technomics are great stems. I'd rather have a few different options though. Life would be boring if everyone had a Technomic stem.
    I had no issue with the Technomic, except that for the bike I have, when the exposed stem exceeded the length of the head tube (on a 57 cm frame) it looked a bit ridiculous. The DirtDrop is better looking at that height, IMO.

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    I like the Kalloy stem above.

    If you use center pulls, it is complete with a hole for your cable so you can eliminate a hanger from your headset for a cleaner look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cs1 View Post
    Nothing at all. Technomics are great stems. I'd rather have a few different options though. Life would be boring if everyone had a Technomic stem.
    You obviously hang out with a different crowd than I. Bikes with any quill stems are incredibly rare around these parts.

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