Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: seacoast New Hampshire
Bikes: Raleigh Touring 18, Bridgestone MB-4 singlespeed, dumpstered Bridgestone Kabuki(?) singlespeed
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Cinelli stem stuck
I got a beautiful new old stock 1" threaded cinelli stem at my lbs today (only $25!) - wanted to get my butterfly/trekking bars farther up but also away from me. Gorgeous cold-forged aluminum, obtuse angle and 140 mm extension.
Problem is, I can barely budge the dang thing. When I was trying to get it on my bike at the store, I had to wrench it back and forth while applying downward pressure to even get it into my head tube. It's one of those older cinelli stems with the expander wedge that goes *inside* the quill. I'm thinking maybe the part that expands was too big to begin with, maybe use some pliers/vice/clamp to tighten it up? That is...if I can even get the stem out now. I tried adjusting my stem height after I was home and had re-clothed my handlebars, but the thing wouldn't budge.
Tried to find a pic of the stem online - but I'm only finding the acute (72 degree or whatever) cinelli stems. Anyways..
Does anyone have any cinelli stem experience? Are they just beefy or something? Or what about that weird expander wedge system?