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Old 07-06-06, 01:51 AM
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Cinelli Bars, TTT Stem, compatibility problems

I've been trying to put my TTT track stem and Cinelli Pista bars on a fixed gear I'm building this morning. When it comes to the thicker section of the bars, where the stem grips in the middle, whilst I can just about get it to start into the stem, I lost my courage and backed off, because notable damage was being caused to the bars. Is there a trick to installing bars without scratching them? Is there a chance it could be incompatible?
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There's no way you're getting a quill stem without a removeable face plate on those bars without getting them scratched.
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Hmmm. I took the OFF a different quill stem without a face off. There is some scratching from that, but nothing like the sort of level that this was going to cause. Looking on Sheldons site, I wonder if maybe these bars are pre 98, and therefore larger. In that case, I'd have to choose between selling them and buying something else, Nitto B123s maybe, or NOT selling the Cinelli stem they came with. I don't like that stem as much as this one, so I'm very undecided.....

I also found that the seatpost I'd planned to use didn't fit. It's not been a good morning for compatiblility.
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I'd guess the 3T stem is 25.8 and the Cinelli Pista bars are 26.4 (most older Cinelli stuff is 26.4), so they're not going to work well together. You may be able to force the bars into the stem but you're better off picking up (or borrowing from a friend) a Cinelli stem.

If you can, get some calipers and measure the bars or post in the SingleSpeed/Fixed Gear forum. Folks there will be able to identify your bars and tell you definitely their diameter.
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I've got calipers. Why didn't I do that? I don't know. I do also have two stems that will fit. The trouble is, I'm stripping and flipping 3 bikes, and there were just one or two parts I'd thought of keeping, including these bars. If I keep the nice Cinelli stem as well, it puts a hole in my financial plan, and still isn't as nice as the TTT one, and if I keep the Specialized one, it just flat out isn't what I want!

I think my best bet is to sell the bars. Cinelli Pista's ought to raise me the cash to get something else, be they Nittos, or maybe just some cheap bullhorns. Thanks for the info.
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Sell the bars and the stem, then. Most older Cinelli bars are 26.4mm clamp diameter, which doesn't work with the standard 26.0 (let alone 25.8). Hopefully you've not scored the bars too much in trying to get a smaller stem over them.
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No, there's a little bit of scoring on the shoulder, but that'll be covered by tape, and then a little on the first 5 mm on the larger diametre part, just enough for me to discover that it was harder than it should be. They're not perfect now, but they weren't before, and they're not completely hosed. Sell is the answer.
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