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Old 01-18-06, 05:35 PM   #1
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Nitto Stems and Bars

Are nitto aluminum stems and bars clear coated or are they anodized? The reason I ask is I'm thinking of polishing my aluminum stem and my aluminum bars.
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Old 01-18-06, 05:45 PM   #2
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neither i believe that the finish you see on them is just the aluminum finish. if you get the crested bars i beleive the part that is raised is polished and then the rest of the bars are the regular aluminum finish. you could always get some chromed steel bars. i have the nitto threadless brass stem and steal bars. i run my bars real skinny too. (36's) if you live in an area with alot of traffic where you will be shooting inbetween cars i recomend you get some super skinny bars. the 36's are the same width as your pedals,
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the bars look like there isn't any finish on them but the stem looks different. I think the stem has a finish on it like most cranks and rims do. I have chromed steel bars, but I wanted to try out some lighter bars and I don't want to spend $100+ on a steel nitto stem.
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the nitto threadless stems are brass thats then chromed.
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Nitto threadless stems are chromed fillet-brazed cromoly steel not brass. The brass might be used for the brazing, but not for the tubes.
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erm i'm not asking about the nitto threadless stems. I'm asking about the aluminum jag threaded stem.... thanks.
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I know. I just had to correct above statements. Sorry.
Not sure about the Jag alu stem. Call or email John at businesscycles he is very helpfull and knows his stuff.
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My mistake, I must have not remembered right from when I was listening to the shop guy tell ricflair about them.
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i have a Nitto Jag. stem & deep drop alum bars. it's a great looking combo...
http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2006...irnan&Theo.htm
The finish is polished aluminum, which doesn't have the bling look of polished crome.
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neither i believe that the finish you see on them is just the aluminum finish. if you get the crested bars i beleive the part that is raised is polished and then the rest of the bars are the regular aluminum finish. you could always get some chromed steel bars. i have the nitto threadless brass stem and steal bars. i run my bars real skinny too. (36's) if you live in an area with alot of traffic where you will be shooting inbetween cars i recomend you get some super skinny bars. the 36's are the same width as your pedals.

personally, if the space between two lanes of traffic is that narrow, i don't think i'd want to try to squeeze through anyway. too small a margin for error, either mine, or the drivers', plus my shoulders+bag are much wider than 36cm. that said, i get around just fine with moustache bars, which are around 50cm wide. most of the messengers i see around are riding schwinn-ish cruisers with giant baskets on the fronts...or road/touring/'cross bikes.
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