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Old 01-26-11, 08:15 PM   #1
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Help with new syntace stratos bullhorns

Just purchased a new set of bars and was curious if anyone had any info or clever ideas for mounting. Got the syntace stratos 0 degree drop bars. I have a origin 8 quill stem was wondering if anyone has any tricks to thread these through the stem. They have a small backward sweep and I think I might have to pry open the stem for clearance. Link shows all 4 drops, mine are the shallowest. Thanks
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It sometimes helps if the inside radius of the bend is facing towards the headtube. A little prying of the clamp isn't too bad, just don't overdo it or you'll weaken the stem. Good luck getting them in!
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Old 01-26-11, 08:26 PM   #3
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I think I might have to pry open the stem for clearance.
Don't do this. Get a stem with a removable faceplate.
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That was pretty quick. It's my 1st post so I didn't know how long it'd take. Thanks for the info, I'm going to give it a shot, but be very careful. If it breaks, it's cheap. Anybody ride these, or know if they suck?
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See the thing is, it probably won't break straight off. But you could weaken the metal to the point that it will break under stress (ie- while you're riding), which would be very very bad.
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If you can, Try weaving them through the fork with the bend down towards the pinch bolt. I've always seen that.
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Syntace Stratos are really good bars. I love mine. But I'd suggest getting a stem with a removable faceplate, it makes things so much easier.

What I did with my friends quill stem and his bullhorns, was take out the bolt, and if the side that the bolt screws into goes all the way through, screw it in on that side (the opposite side), and place a sheet of metal (such as a metal paint scraper) in front of the bolt hole, and then thread it. The sheet of metal will block the hole, and it should open up the clamp when you screw it in. Be careful not to do it too much, though. I hope this makes sense. LOL

EDIT: Eh, I just looked at the Origin-8 Quill stem and I don't think this would work with that stem..

I tried... Haha


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Nice! Very clever, which drop degree do you have and where did you get them? I can only find the 5 degree from 2 online stores but have never heard of them and don't wanna throw my cc number out there to a disreputable shop.
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I have the Zero's in medium right now, and I got them used on eBay for $20, haha. But my friend found some 200's in medium, and picked them up for me. I don't know when I will be getting them, though.
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I haven't used zeros but I've put in 200s and 400s in 2 different nitto quills. Like Pedder's picture, remove the bolt and slightly pry the quill (I used a big flathead) when you get to the bend. It really requires only a tiny bit of force for a second or 2. If you've stressed it enough to weaken the stem than it probably won't align with the bolt anymore anyway. But I'd imagine you'd have to really man handle a steel quill stem to do that in the first place. You could also grease the elbows a bit and wiggle it in with some force. It'll go through but you'll definitely scratch up the bars.
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If you can, Try weaving them through the fork with the bend down towards the pinch bolt. I've always seen that.
This. I've gotten quite a few different bullhorns into quill stems like this without trouble.

Wow - did evilcryalot just post something useful???
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