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Old 08-20-07, 07:34 PM   #1
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1" stems - do they exist?

So I recently aquired a track frame - 1" threadless, that I'm building up. I was going to ditch the fork for a nashbar carbon one anyhow, but was unsure whether to stick with threaded or not. In all honesty I love the simplicity of threadless, but think quill stems look pretty cool. So I was mad wavering.

But what it comes down to is that I just can't seem to find any decent stems in either configuration. For quill stems you either have to dig through ebay or go with a cheaper Nitto - like a Dynamic. And for threadless you pretty much have to shim a stem, which is kind of lame.

Any advice fellow forumers?
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Old 08-20-07, 07:40 PM   #2
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So I recently aquired a track frame - 1" threadless, that I'm building up. I was going to ditch the fork for a nashbar carbon one anyhow, but was unsure whether to stick with threaded or not. In all honesty I love the simplicity of threadless, but think quill stems look pretty cool. So I was mad wavering.

But what it comes down to is that I just can't seem to find any decent stems in either configuration. For quill stems you either have to dig through ebay or go with a cheaper Nitto - like a Dynamic. And for threadless you pretty much have to shim a stem, which is kind of lame.

Any advice fellow forumers?
dude, 1" quality quill stems are all over the place, look at nitto's higher line. So let me get this straight, you have a 1" threadless now? if so just get a 1" threadless stem ie. cinelli alter. if you wanted to convert to threaded you would need to buy a new fork,headset, and stem. so just save some cash and stick with threadless if you like it.
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Old 08-20-07, 07:42 PM   #3
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+1! There are loads of great 1" threaded and threadless stems out there.
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Old 08-20-07, 07:49 PM   #4
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I have a frame and fork at the moment, and I'm going to ditch the fork anyway. So starting from scratch so to speak.

Also, I don't want to spend a bunch of money on a stem, which is where I'm coming from I guess. I've been threadless my whole life, and finding a stem for nothing was always in reach. Maybe I should just buckle down here.

And can someone point me to an online store with a good selection? I've only been finding one or two here and there.
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so is the fork you have now threaded or threadless?, im confused
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you still have a 1" headtube so keep that in mind, is the fork you are buying from nashbar threadless?
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Old 08-20-07, 08:09 PM   #7
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Either one - that's the choice

http://cgi.ebay.com/Salsa-Quill-SUL-...QQcmdZViewItem

hmmm....

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-26-0-120mm-C...QQcmdZViewItem

hmmm #2

It's not like I have a shortage of threadless bikes... maybe it's time to cross over to the dark side for a while.
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if you are gonna get the S.U.L just get a threadless, it will be stiffer and generally nicer
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tell me about some great 1" threadless stems besides the alter.
I don't doubt they exist, but I've been looking and haven't seen anything great.
it's not a big deal to shim a 1 1/8", but i would prefer 1" threadless.
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if you are gonna get the S.U.L just get a threadless, it will be stiffer and generally nicer
Isn't that the truth in the whole debate anyhow? In any case I agree that it just looks too modern, though the faceplate design is convenient.
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There are some Kelly ones on ebay right now for cheap.
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There are some Kelly ones on ebay right now for cheap.
almost.... i like everything but that handlebar clamp design. i wish it was underneath.
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here are a bunch, I have order alot of stuff from those guys, they are pretty cool
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almost.... i like everything but that handlebar clamp design. i wish it was underneath.
But then it won't be reversible. I kind of like that kelly too - just wish it had the faceplate design.
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I have to say - I never appreciated my Bianchi Pista threadless stem before - I want another one! Preferably in black, lol.
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Don't anyone have experience with these?



Looks convenient. Dropped for fast days and up for tooling around. I worry about flex and general lack of stiffness though. Of course, the Look Ergostem is nicer, but that's $200.
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what about the 3ttt mutant?
there's a lot of 1" mutants around.
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roox make some nice stems
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thomson with their adapter works great as well
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what about the 3ttt mutant?
there's a lot of 1" mutants around.
I have one and it's too flexy.
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Cinelli Vai and shim it. Shim is inclued with stem. I love mine.
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My pista loves its cinelli alter
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"700c wheels - do they exist?"
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"700c wheels - do they exist?"
No need to be snide - 1" stems are clearly rare. Most of the advice in this thread is just to shim a 1 1/8 stem.

That's probably what I'll end up doing, but still, that's kind of annoying.
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What's wrong with shimming the stem? It makes zero difference but probably results in cheaper costs for you since 1" is not mass produced like 1 1/8" is.
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