1. I have a 26.0 Stem and a 25.4 bar. I've tried using a cut up strip of a soda can as a shim but the bar is still slipping when I put my weight on it, no matter how much I tighten the stem. If I invest in an actual shim product like this will it actually work much better? Or am I better off just getting a whole new stem?
2. Can anybody recommend a simple, classic-looking 25.4 quill stem that has a clean front look like the Nitto Dynamic?
I don't like how you can see the screw head from the front of the Nitto Technomic.
Finding something cheaper than a Nitto would also be nice.
Your "this" link doesn't work but I'm assuming you're asking about the Nitto shim. It will work much better than a soda can shim. Overtightening your clamp bolt is doing nothing but potentially weakening your stem.
The origin 8 stem is a pretty close knock off to the nitto you posted. Its a solid steam, cheaper, and avalible in every shop on the contintent.
Yeah. I noticed those were pretty similar to the nitto stems. And they're not that much more expensive than the shims! If the beer cans don't work our for some reason I'm surely going with the origin 8's. Thanks.