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Old 08-09-08, 02:30 PM   #1
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bringing it back: 26.4 stem w/ 26.0 bars?

i searched, but found little in the way of a conclusive answer based on experience (mostly a lot of assumptions and bickering).
i ended up with a really nice condition used cinelli xe stem in 26.4 from a friend who's switching to threadless.
my girlfriend is giving her IRO a "makeover", and this stem will work nicely.
unfortunately, her bars (sintace bullhorns) are 26.0mm.
i can't seem to find a 0.2mm shim anywhere.
can anyone with experience in this setup give advice as to what they did that they know works?

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Old 08-09-08, 02:35 PM   #2
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it seems these should work.. found some forum posts out there (not here) saying they will, despite the +.1mm thickness difference.

your thoughts?
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Old 08-09-08, 03:54 PM   #3
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If you want your girlfriend to have a nice set of broken teeth, start putting wrong size bars in old threaded stems.

This isn't a threadless system. There is NO margin for error.
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i'd fudge .4mm on a polo bike. but not on a regular rider, and definitely not on my girlfriend's bike.
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beer can
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yep. you'll find out pretty fast if you can get it to work or not, but it's a pretty simple fix..
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and if it doesnt work, drink another couple beers
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i do this combo all the time. you just cut beer or pop can into about 3 layers, make a shim and shove it under there. keep trying. then tighten the ***** out of it.
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gotta have bullhorns?

i've got a couple sets of NOS 26.4 cinelli drops, both 40cm wide (girlfriend size). pm if interested.
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