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Old 09-24-10, 07:47 AM   #1
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Folding stem options on a xootr swift... Are ther any?

Hi all,
I'm a proud new owner of a new swift. You guys may recognize me from other mod questions I've recently posted.

Are there any folding stem riser options for a xootr swift? Has anyone tried to use the Bike Friday/Kalloy folding stem on a swift? It seems like a folding stem on a swift would make a lot of sense and be an improvement over having to take the stem off and having to carry two pieces.

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Old 09-24-10, 07:57 AM   #2
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Jur improvised a folding stem for his Downtube Mini by replacing the hinge allen bolt in an adjustable stem with a qr bolt. There's a thread about it somewhere.

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Old 09-24-10, 08:13 AM   #3
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I think this question is about the riser itself... the type of riser found on the Downtube Nova looks like a likely suspect.
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My wife has a BF/Kalloy folding stem on her Crusoe. It folds nicely and I am impressed with it's stiffness. It does add a bit of weight, but she says she can't feel it.

Bike Friday Folding Stem 007 (Small)..jpgBike Friday Foldi.jpg

I would like to equip the Pocket 8's with them, however they are not inexpensive.

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Old 09-24-10, 12:13 PM   #5
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It seems like a folding stem on a swift would make a lot of sense and be an improvement over having to take the stem off and having to carry two pieces.
Shouldn't this question be in the Swift folders thread?

Anyway, I don't find removing the stem a big deal. I just pop it off and hang it upside-down from the top tube using the water bottle cage as a hook.
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Old 09-25-10, 06:15 AM   #6
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I think this question is about the riser itself... the type of riser found on the Downtube Nova looks like a likely suspect.
I've noticed many other folding bikes have the folding riser but I haven't found one that is sold separately.

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My wife has a BF/Kalloy folding stem on her Crusoe. It folds nicely and I am impressed with it's stiffness. It does add a bit of weight, but she says she can't feel it.

I would like to equip the Pocket 8's with them, however they are not inexpensive.
I did a little more research and the BF/Kalloy stem would not fit the swift. It is for 1 1/14 risers whereas the swift is 1 1/8.

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Shouldn't this question be in the Swift folders thread?

Anyway, I don't find removing the stem a big deal. I just pop it off and hang it upside-down from the top tube using the water bottle cage as a hook.
Obviously by your question you think this question should be in the Swift folders thread...ummm, sure, yes is my answer. I like your method of using the water bottle cage. I currently don't have a cage mounted on the riser but I think I will put one on just for this purpose. I'm pretty sure at this point there are no folding riser stems avaiable for a swift. Thx all
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Well there's this one
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/New-Alu-Foldi...ht_1482wt_1138

but it is monstrously heavy. There is a black one a bit lighter.
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918 g = 2 lbs - YIKES!
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