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    Stem Help

    I am in the middle of my current bike build and it is now time to order a stem!

    I am particularly drawn towards the Velo Orange stem here. I like the look and the polished silver.

    I like the 17 degree stem so that it will be parallel to the ground when on the bike, but I want to use Nitto b123's and they are 25.4mm. The stem is 26mm

    My question is should I by this stem and a shim, or are there any VERY SIMILAR classy looking stems with a 25.4mm clamp?

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    I use a Nitto B125 bar with a 31.8mm stem and shims w/o any problems, so you can certainly do the same with a 26mm stem. I am only aware of quill stems that fit 25.4mm bars.

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    Velo Orange also makes a 25.4mm threadless stem but it is a 6 degree.

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    I have a cannondale stem that I bought from the bike shop used and it is threadless and 25.4mm.
    Atleast, that's what it says on the specs that are printed on the stem itself.
    I always thought that my bars were 26mm though...

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    Iv used a 25.4mm flat bar in a 26mm stem with a strip of GoFast Energy drink can and never experienced any slip. Id say just use a pop can as a shim an do it.
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    Don't fear the shim. I am using the VO 17 degree stem with nitto b125's and a nitto shim and haven't had any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derreck View Post
    Don't fear the shim. I am using the VO 17 degree stem with nitto b125's and a nitto shim and haven't had any problems.
    Ditto, although my stem is a Nitto. The good thing about going this route is that you can put 26mm bars on there some day.
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    Ok thanks for the tips. I'll order the 17 degree Velo Orange stem tomorrow. Yes, the shim was making me a little worried, but your comments are reassuring.

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