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Old 07-22-04, 10:39 AM   #1
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Quill stem suggestions needed

Hello everyone,
I need some help here.
Namely, I want to buy a 90 to 105 degree either 120mm or 130mm 1 inch quill stem for my cross bike. It's an older Italian frame that comes with a threaded fork. I wanted to get a Salsa SUL Road stem, but I was told that they don't make those quill stems any longer in steel. Does anyone know what other stems I can consider? I've been browsing the web for quite a while without much luck. It seems that the only stems these days are standard non-quill stems. Can you tell me if you know a good web site where they might have some good stems (lder ones are fine too). Thank you.
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Old 07-22-04, 11:14 AM   #2
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try: http://www.businesscycles.com/

it's all high end track stuff but may have what you need. At least I remember seeing steel threadless stems there...
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Old 07-22-04, 01:25 PM   #3
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Hi,
take a look at this. I have one, it's a nice stem

http://rivendellbicycles.com/webalog...ape/16044.html
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Old 07-22-04, 08:29 PM   #4
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If you're not doing a vintage resto why not just buy a threadless stem adapter from Nashbar (around $12) then you have infinit choices for stems.

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Old 07-25-04, 11:09 AM   #5
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Yes, it seems that's the best thing I can do now. I've ordered the adapter.
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Old 08-16-04, 07:59 AM   #6
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Ok. At the risk of sounding like a total newb, how would I use the adapter, having never used a threadless stem myself. I see I would insert the long part in the tube like a quill, but do I then just clamp the stem on to the top part? Could it really be that easy?

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Old 08-19-04, 06:42 AM   #7
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Vincent,
Yeah, it is! I am using quill to threadless adapters on 4 of my bikes. I like it because it took me a while to get the reach dialed in, and threadless stems with 2-bolt bar clamps are easier to swap than quill stems. In fact I have several stems in different lengths. You are welcome to borrow some if you want to try different lengths.
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Old 08-23-04, 12:27 PM   #8
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Check out RivendellBicycles.com for some high quality, retro-style bike parts. They have an exceptional lugged quill stem that looks just great.

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Old 08-23-04, 12:58 PM   #9
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My LBS said I can't use the adapter because my headset is too narrow, not quite an inch. Then said there's nothing I can do, even swapping out the fork. I'm taking it in to another for a second opinion. I never believe there's nothing that can be done.
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Old 09-03-04, 05:14 PM   #10
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Rivendale is $$$. Watch Ebay or occasionally deep discounters like icyclesusa.com
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Old 09-03-04, 06:05 PM   #11
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My LBS said I can't use the adapter because my headset is too narrow, not quite an inch. Then said there's nothing I can do, even swapping out the fork. I'm taking it in to another for a second opinion. I never believe there's nothing that can be done.
Headset too narrow? What did they mean by that?
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