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Old 01-08-10, 05:49 PM   #1
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Quil Stem as opposed to threadless stem

I am currently riding a cannondale r500 with a quil stem, but really like the look and practicality of threadless stems. Is the only way to ride with a threadless stem to have a fork that accommodates a threadless stem? I'm just a little confused as to how that works
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Old 01-08-10, 05:56 PM   #2
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You can use an adapter like this >>>> http://www.bikeparts.com/productinfo...706-44134.html
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Old 01-08-10, 05:59 PM   #3
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be aware though, those adapters can flex quite a bit. if you got the scratch, just buy a cheap new fork. you could probably even find a used one for not much more than the price of an adapter.
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be aware though, those adapters can flex quite a bit. if you got the scratch, just buy a cheap new fork. you could probably even find a used one for not much more than the price of an adapter.
they don't flex anymore than a regular quill stem.
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with this you can use a threadless stem in place of a threaded one:

http://www.google.com/products?q=qui...less+converter
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also, if i were to switch to a new fork, would i require a new headset too?
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also, if i were to switch to a new fork, would i require a new headset too?
If you get a fork with a threadless steerer tube, then yes, you will need a new headset. Depending on your frame, you may need a 1" steerer such your stem will either have to be 1" or you will need a shim.
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they don't flex anymore than a regular quill stem.
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Profile design makes a nice and solid quill stem adaptor; nitto makes them too (for a premium of course...)
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Aesthetically, most 1 1/8" threadless stems look funky on a skinny 1" head tube.
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Profile design makes a nice and solid quill stem adaptor; nitto makes them too (for a premium of course...)
+1. I got the profile design adapter. no flex at all. i dig it.
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The Velo Orange one is nice too.
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they don't flex anymore than a regular quill stem.
but they do flex more than a regular threadless set-up, but I guess op doesn't want to go threadless for the sake of stiffness.
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