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Quill stem question

Old 11-23-06, 07:03 AM
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Quill stem question

I've got an old 531 frame I'm doing up as a tourer. It takes a .9 inch (or whatever the measurement the old quill stem diameter is) stem. Only I want to fit an ahead set type stem which I can raise and lower at will. I see you can get 1" ahead compatible quil stems. Anyone know if you can get them in the smaller size?
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Old 11-23-06, 07:37 AM
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I assume that what you are talking about is what's called a "conversion quill". I've got good news and bad news.

The good news is that the lower portions come in sizes to fit 1" or 1 1/8" forks so be sure to order the right size (I assume 22.2mm). The upper portion also comes in sizes 1" or 1 1/8". I'd get the 1 1/8" because that's what most of the threadless stems are.

The bad news is that from looking at the pictures it doesn't appear to me that you're going to get very much vertical adjustability from using one.
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Old 11-23-06, 07:57 AM
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Thanks for that. I'll check it out and see.
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Old 11-26-06, 04:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
I assume that what you are talking about is what's called a "conversion quill". I've got good news and bad news.

The good news is that the lower portions come in sizes to fit 1" or 1 1/8" forks so be sure to order the right size (I assume 22.2mm). The upper portion also comes in sizes 1" or 1 1/8". I'd get the 1 1/8" because that's what most of the threadless stems are.

The bad news is that from looking at the pictures it doesn't appear to me that you're going to get very much vertical adjustability from using one.
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There is virtually no vertical adjustment on those things. If you are moving the stem up and down, then you aren't fitted correctly. Once your bike is set up properly, you shouldn't have to change unless you add a new part. Nitto makes some beautiful and really tall quill stems. They work perfect on a touring bike.

The only other way to use an ahead stem is to buy a new uncut fork and headset. You could have a competent frame builder take the stem out of your existing fork and braze another one in. Now you are starting to get into some money. Stick with the quill set up. Good luck

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Old 11-26-06, 09:16 PM
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The funny thing is that I think quill stems are far more elegant than any ahead stem. I have a Nitto quill and it's truely nice. I can adjust it up and down with an allen wrench. You can't do that with an ahead stem. Somehow, I think the bike companys missed the boat on this.

Guess this qualifies me as a retro grouch....
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Originally Posted by Mariner Fan
You can't do that with an ahead stem. Somehow, I think the bike companys missed the boat on this.
You can if you though ahead and left the steering tube long. Of course this doesn't help the OP. You can also get a level of height adjustment through your selection of stems, a Salsa 130 will raise the bars up a good 2-3" (trading off reach for rise).
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