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MarkoPolo gets a new Kirk

Old 06-18-12, 08:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Suburban Grind View Post

Just that bulbous threadless stem on a skinny-tubed frame... appears mis-matched. It probably twists less than a skinny threaded stem in a hard sprint, but was that functionality considered part of the intended mission?
While he works in steel, Dave is still a practical modernist. I don't recall seeing any Kirk's with threaded stems. There may be one out there, but in the short discussion we had about stems, his view was that especially for a custom sized frame where stem height should not need to be adjusted, the the functionality, strength and weight of threadless outweigh the esthetic argument for a quill stem. I like old-school threaded stems, my late 80's Tommasini has a beautiful Nitto stem on it, but I'm also used to the threadless on my Seven, so it doesn't bother me. I think once I cut the steerer down to final size, it won't be as noticeable either.
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Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
Nice! It's hard for me to tell, are the seat stay caps chromed.... or are they just that shiny?
No chrome anywhere. But the seat stay caps are painted white to match the panels.
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Originally Posted by MarkoPolo View Post
While he works in steel, Dave is still a practical modernist. I don't recall seeing any Kirk's with threaded stems. There may be one out there, but in the short discussion we had about stems, his view was that especially for a custom sized frame where stem height should not need to be adjusted, the the functionality, strength and weight of threadless outweigh the esthetic argument for a quill stem. I like old-school threaded stems, my late 80's Tommasini has a beautiful Nitto stem on it, but I'm also used to the threadless on my Seven, so it doesn't bother me. I think once I cut the steerer down to final size, it won't be as noticeable either.
Dave will build with a threaded fork. A friend of mine has one maybe 3 years old that has a threaded fork.
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Amazing craftsmanship and finish. Enjoy.
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