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Old 10-31-07, 12:13 PM   #1
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Has anyone heard of Kalloy Uno bike parts

im asking because im looking to buy a new quill stem, and i like the looks of the ones that are welded, I also would like to have a removable front plate so i can swap out bars easier. So i found this one on ebay

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Road-Bike-Qu...QQcmdZViewItem

its really cheap, and its from some company ive never heard of, and when i went to their website it took forever to load, and had no information whatsoever about their products. Should i be worried about the stem failing?

Can anyone recommend another stem similar to this from a reputable company?
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Old 10-31-07, 12:31 PM   #2
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Kalloy's been around forever. They were pretty big in the low-end seatpost market. I wouldn't pay more than $15 for that stem really as you can probably pick it up for that much new from a local shop.
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Old 10-31-07, 05:02 PM   #3
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I just got a Kalloy seat post and it seems solid. I was looking for more set back and got a Kalloy CLB which many sources said was "the" seat post to get for generous set back.

Like Danno said, they've been around forever. I think its a small French company (no web presence).
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DannoXYZ is right, they have been around forever. I've always assumed they were Asian.

Not-too-bad quality for the low-cost set.

That removable faceplate is a nice feature, though.
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Had one of there seatposts. Broke after a couple of rides. Wouldn't get another.
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its really cheap, and its from some company ive never heard of, and when i went to their website it took forever to load, and had no information whatsoever about their products. Should i be worried about the stem failing?
Kalloy and Uno were brands from the Chinese manufacturer Hsin Lung. They've probably made millions of stems and seatposts in the past 20 years. Decent quality for the money, but nothing special. Parts can be identified by the HL logo embossed on them.

Edit: After a brief search http://www.bikepro.com/products/stems/kalloy.html

Uno was a Kalloy brand and Zoom was the Hsin Lung brand. Both out of Taiwan.

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Kalloy Uno flat bars on my singlespeed Cannondale. Perfectly OK.
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Just be aware that it is one of the ugliest stems known to mankind.
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........im looking to buy a new quill stem, and i like the looks of the ones that are welded.......
No offense, and to each their own, but you are definitely in the minority regarding that. Welded quill stems actually make me cringe, and I don't cringe easily. But again, to each their own-
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No offense, and to each their own, but you are definitely in the minority regarding that. Welded quill stems actually make me cringe, and I don't cringe easily. But again, to each their own-
My 1990 Specialized MTB has a welded quill stem. It's seen thousands of really hard miles. The thing still looks new. Gotta call you on that one.

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My 1990 Specialized MTB has a welded quill stem. It's seen thousands of really hard miles. The thing still looks new. Gotta call you on that one.

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I deserve to be called on it, it wasn't a nice thing to say. But to be clear, I was talking about the looks of the stem, not the funtionality, durability, etc. Maybe you're talking about looks, too, I don't know, but anyway, I should have let it be. Sorry, and sorry to the OP.

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Just be aware that it is one of the ugliest stems known to mankind.
Real kludges compared to traditional quill stems. Thankfully, Nitto still makes beautiful stems. And Nitto stems do not break.
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I had a 1997 Peugeot Biarritz road bike that came new with a stem like that from the factory. It was a pretty common stem back then, and Groupe Procycles in Canada was quite happy to put one on this higher-end Shimano 105-equipped road bike. The first ones were a one bolt design (you had to remove the handlebar to change the stem), then shortly after, they seem to have realized that with the big ugly flat extension, they had lots of room for a front-opening design (that was the first time I ever encountered a front-opening stem). I don't like the look of it compared to traditional quill-type racing stems, but it's a nice, solid stem. You shouldn't have any problems with it (keep in mind that it might not fit some Italian handlebars - they might be too big to fit if traditional Cinelli-sized).

The Kalloy stem was very similar to the Zoom or Profile stems which are still available on the market AFAIK (maybe identical, but I don't have any handy to compare).

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I deserve to be called on it, it wasn't a nice thing to say. But to be clear, I was talking about the looks of the stem, not the funtionality, durability, etc. Maybe you're talking about looks, too, I don't know, but anyway, I should have let it be. Sorry, and sorry to the OP.
Now you have me feeling bad. Honestly, welded stems look bad compared to forged versions. I don't think they're inferior structurally though. The problem with MTB stems is there are very few nice forged ones. Seems like most are welded.

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I have Kalloy adjustble stems on all of my bikes finding them to
very Ok for the money. One important point here to note.......
Kalloy products are made in Taiwan NOT China. The products
out of Taiwan are better by far than any Chinese made junk.
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Real kludges compared to traditional quill stems. Thankfully, Nitto still makes beautiful stems. And Nitto stems do not break.
Ritchey used to sell them as their Force line; some of the nicest and strongest quill stems of all time.

I rode a 135mm and got tired of the flex of my aluminum Chinelli; the Ritchey/Nitto was rock solid and, with it's frosted chrome finish, looked just like a traditional al. part.

Now I've switched to threadless so the point is moot but does Nitto offer detachable faceplates on their current quill stems?
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I have Kalloy adjustble stems on all of my bikes finding them to
very Ok for the money. One important point here to note.......
Kalloy products are made in Taiwan NOT China. The products
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Is this the part about Taiwan still true?
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Is this the part about Taiwan still true?
Was it accurate in 2007?
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I run Kalloy seatposts on a few bikes as they actually make different sizes that I can buy online. Pretty reasonable seatposts btw.
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Kalloy and it's Ilk dominate the bike builds at the lower- mid priceranges ..


I use the plain type Kalloy seat posts , with the Brompton Pentaclip saddle clip it's a great combination.

with low end seat posts its the integrated Head that is the bummer ..

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90% of the brands sold (at the prices most people are willing to pay) come from a handfull of Taiwan ROC manufacturers ..
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90% of the brands sold (at the prices most people are willing to pay) come from a handfull of Taiwan ROC manufacturers ..
IME, the Chinese still place a distant 3rd place when it comes to bicycle parts. The difference is such that I will pay more for good quality Taiwan ROC over any Chinese parts.
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PRC considers ROC still Theirs, long after Mao won and Chaing took over the Island.
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IME, the Chinese still place a distant 3rd place when it comes to bicycle parts. The difference is such that I will pay more for good quality Taiwan ROC over any Chinese parts.
You are putting Taiwan at number 2 then, but isn't that a lot countries to squeeze into top place??

I think the difference between Taiwan and mainland China in terms of manufacturing quality might be a result of the Japanese relocating their factories to Taiwan in the 80s after the Plaza Accord devalued other currencies against the Yen in the mid 80s, and the resulting skills transfer through the industry.

Just what I've read, it might be more complicated than that.

Interesting to consider whether will or why it has or hasn't happened in China since other countries have relocated their factories there. Broader skills transfer across the manufacturing industry I mean - individual companies do make high quality products in China already.
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