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    Pista Stem

    I'm looking to get a new stem for my pista. Mine is old and worn. I'm looking for the vintage look, I'm new to road bikes so I have a few questions. As I understand it I need a stem with a quill. I lower it in and tighten it up. Seems simple. What do you guys recommend?

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    What year is your pista? You need a new fork and headset to run a threaded stem which they havn't been for a while.

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    I don't know the year. It's in great condition so I think it's pretty new, except for the stem. I don't want to get a new fork since I like the chrome finish. Nitto Tech maybe?

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    Unless you have an old Reparto Pista (uhh, I think it's Reparto), or unless someone cut threading onto your steerer tube, you're going to need a threadless stem. There's no such thing as a threadless quill stem.

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    Thats what I thought. Quill stem it is. I'll do some looking around, thanks for the help.

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    Huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IDK View Post
    Thats what I thought. Quill stem it is. I'll do some looking around, thanks for the help.
    You likely need a threadless stem.

    It sounds like you should just go to a shop with your bike and say "I need a new stem for this".

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    Unless you have a really old school pista, your bike can only take threadless stems, not quill stems. you cannot replace your current threadless stem with a quill stem without buying a new fork and headset.

    like this:


    not like this:
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    It's harder to install a threadless stem than a threaded/ quill stem. You can't just lower it in and then tighten it up, because with a threadless stem you are adjusting your headset bearings at the same time. It sounds to me like you'd better let your lbs do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mander View Post
    It's harder to install a threadless stem than a threaded/ quill stem. You can't just lower it in and then tighten it up, because with a threadless stem you are adjusting your headset bearings at the same time. It sounds to me like you'd better let your lbs do it.
    I think you got that backwards bud...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoBumDeals View Post
    I think you got that backwards bud...
    huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoBumDeals View Post
    I think you got that backwards bud...
    Nope, he definitely did not.

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    I believe my pista does not have threads. I thought that a qwill stem had the round/wedge that tightens everything up. Am I in correct? The bottom pic of the style I'm looking for, but I do have something similar to the pic on the top.

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    ha

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    If I were a mod, I'd make this thread a sticky.

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    I r reading good, sirz.

    btw. SERIOUSLY. YOU HAVE A THREADLESS STEM, OK?

    btwx2. i heart threaded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IDK View Post
    I believe my pista does not have threads. I thought that a qwill stem had the round/wedge that tightens everything up. Am I in correct? The bottom pic of the style I'm looking for, but I do have something similar to the pic on the top.
    You cannot use a quill stem (the bottom picture) with a bike that takes
    a threadless steerer tube/fork (the kind
    of set up that goes with the top picture) --they are different
    technologies all together. The quill stem requires a headset (the bearings in the steerer tube)
    that is threaded into the steerer tube--the stem forms a mechanical connection by wedging
    in when you tighten the allen bolt at the top--threadless headsets are pressed rather than threaded
    in and have less latitude for height adjustment. They form a mechanical connection by tightening
    the allen bolt that threads into the star fangled nut and then by tightening the allen bolts on the
    back of the stem. As someone said unless someone retrofits your new threadless headset by cutting
    threads into it you cannot use a quill stem--
    aight?
    Last edited by Suttree; 09-11-07 at 11:45 PM.

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    Im in ur steerer tubez, ****in up ur byke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pirate View Post
    Unless you have a really old school pista, your bike can only take threadless stems, not quill stems. you cannot replace your current threadless stem with a quill stem without buying a new fork and headset.

    like this:


    not like this:

    Are you ****ing kidding me?

    All you kids are nuts... My 2001 pista is threaded. Is 2001 "really old school" now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by willypilgrim View Post
    Are you ****ing kidding me?

    All you kids are nuts... My 2001 pista is threaded. Is 2001 "really old school" now?
    Some modern and slightly less-modern track bikes still use threaded forks/headsets. As far as I can tell it's a style thing.

    But still, 6 years is a long time in terms of bike technology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willypilgrim View Post
    Are you ****ing kidding me?

    All you kids are nuts... My 2001 pista is threaded. Is 2001 "really old school" now?
    I think the poster was referring to the Pistas of the 1980s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonechilling View Post
    I think the poster was referring to the Pistas of the 1980s.
    then you know more than the poster does
    When in doubt, style it out.

    How to post full size pictures

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoshi View Post
    Some modern and slightly less-modern track bikes still use threaded forks/headsets. As far as I can tell it's a style thing.

    But still, 6 years is a long time in terms of bike technology.
    Yeah... the advances made in inexpensive steel entry-level track bike technology is pretty staggering.
    What will they think of next?!
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