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Public Service Announcement: 31.8 quill stems from Velo Orange

Old 09-07-17, 02:17 PM
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Public Service Announcement: 31.8 quill stems from Velo Orange

Velo Orange just released a quill stem for 31.8 bars with a removable faceplate. Not the prettiest thing I've every seen, but it's got to beat a threadless adapter, right?

Comes in other colors, too.

https://store.velo-orange.com/index....faceplate.html

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Old 09-07-17, 02:24 PM
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There are some nice pictures on their instagram that do it more justice. It is a good offering for sure.
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Old 09-07-17, 02:32 PM
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No kidding. Not bad: I wanted to put some Control Tech Formidables on my Moser.
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The welded quill stems with a top cap never really did much for me- the whole appeal of a quill for me is the smooth transition from stem to extension to clamp.
But hey- more options are a good thing.
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I really admire Velo Orange for what they do - it takes real branding knowhow to make buying a walmart mountain bike stem for eighty dollars seem anything other than insane.
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a bit different looking if the Factory Five Ttitan 31.8 stem. Two colors but only one size :-/ 90mm only



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Nitto
https://www.universalcycles.com/shop...s.php?id=83366

$19 cheaper
4 bolt vs 2
Nitto!
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Originally Posted by Cute Boy Horse View Post
I really admire Velo Orange for what they do - it takes real branding knowhow to make buying a walmart mountain bike stem for eighty dollars seem anything other than insane.
Shots fired! I had no clue that Nitto existed.
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Steel is a deal-breaker for me. I'm not sure what V.O. sees as an advantage with that.
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395g! Ok ok, a Technomic is 376g, but longer...so maybe not as overweight? I am glad for options, especially in the quill stem to 31.8 bar arena--very tough nut to crack, aesthetically. So far.....it still needs to be cracked. Or maybe more people need to know about Soma Highway Ones and Nitto Noodles, call it a day, and leave 31.8 bars and stems to those of us that do quill stem conversions for hotrodding vintage framesets (raises hand). I have bounced a quill stem with replaceable (face) plate for a 31.8mm bar design or two around in my head. I need to take that up again. Sometimes I have dreams of doing the VO thing, but a few steps further (make a full groupset) design-wise. I think that would be immensely enjoyable. But I digress...
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There is a cheaper version of the Factory Five stem. I have one. Not as polished and cheaper bolts. I'm not confident in the bolts, replaced them with steel. No heavier than any of my Nitto Youngs. I like it, and what I can do with it, should I decide to use short/shallow carbon bars on my tourer. However, I am not confident even with the steel bolts, because there are only two and it flexes.
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Thank you, my formerly unloved lone threadless adapter is looking a lot better.
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