Old 11-01-07, 08:29 AM
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I had a 1997 Peugeot Biarritz road bike that came new with a stem like that from the factory. It was a pretty common stem back then, and Groupe Procycles in Canada was quite happy to put one on this higher-end Shimano 105-equipped road bike. The first ones were a one bolt design (you had to remove the handlebar to change the stem), then shortly after, they seem to have realized that with the big ugly flat extension, they had lots of room for a front-opening design (that was the first time I ever encountered a front-opening stem). I don't like the look of it compared to traditional quill-type racing stems, but it's a nice, solid stem. You shouldn't have any problems with it (keep in mind that it might not fit some Italian handlebars - they might be too big to fit if traditional Cinelli-sized).

The Kalloy stem was very similar to the Zoom or Profile stems which are still available on the market AFAIK (maybe identical, but I don't have any handy to compare).

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