Trying to make my first purchase of a stem for a threadless headset! I'm new to this system and am not sure about what to get since I'm not used to spacers and not being able to just loosen a bolt and adjust stem height.
I am leaning towards getting a Velo Orange or Nitto stem, since they are nice and silver and polished.
Velo Orange offers a stem in a 17 degree version which would be paralled with the top tube of the bike, giving a classic look. With this stem I would probably end up using some spacers to raise the stem a little bit.
Velo Orange and Nitto offer a stem in a 7 or 8 degree version, respectively, and with these I would have enough rise to not use any spacers.
What should I do. I suppose its simply a matter of personal preference, but I would love some of your opinions.
Also, nobody seems to offer threadless stems in lengths longer than 120mm. Is the reason that the top tubes on modern bikes have tended to be longer? 120mm should work for me with this project, but it really limits your choices if you have crazy monkey arms like me.