Originally Posted by ZappCatt
ok, I am a total newb.
So what Sheldon did was to have a seatclamp take the place of the star-nut/topcap combo to load the bearing. In his case, he left the steerer uncut and HUGE.
Once you have done that(loaded the bearings) you could then cut down the steerer and insert a 1"quill stem into the steerer?
Could the same be done with a 1 1/8 fork/quill stem combo.
And you could use both quill and clamp-one stems at the same time.
And 9/8" quill stems do exist. They were popular for a while on MTBs. They're still in production. I got a nice cro-mo one w/ a front-opening clamp this summer.
Yes. Thanks for understanding this.
And it gets better. YST makes a two-piece clamp. The top piece clamps to the steerer. And the bottom piece, which is threaded into the top piece, is then turned so that the threads push it down onto the top of the threadless bearing 'cone'. It just makes loading the bearing easier than doing it with a seat clamp.
Neophobes and asthetes don't like the looks of it. But those who try them LOVE them.
I have a couple left in stock and I'm ordering more.