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Options for Classic / Quill Stems?

Old 07-03-05, 12:10 PM
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Options for Classic / Quill Stems?

I guess my 1999 Trek 5200 is a bit more out-dated than I'd like to think it is... I'd like to get a shorter stem for it, and to my surprise, "quill" style stems are nearly impossible to get these days! I've seen a few el-cheapo looking stems, but are there any online bike shops (preferrably in the USA) that still carry a decent selection of the classic stems?

I'm likely going to need either a 90 or 100 mm stem. I think this Cinelli stem looks pretty nice, but I can't seem to find any place to purchase it

Cinelli Frog:



Have any of you tried the 'quill adapters' that allow you to use a threadless stem?



I've been considering going that route, but I'm a bit concerned about the height of the stem if I use this adapter... wouldn't the stem be really low?
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Old 07-03-05, 12:15 PM
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On that adapter the threadless stem bolts on the fat part and then you just slide it up and down in the steer tube to set the heighth like any quill stem.

Ebay Cinelli and you will find lots of old stems,
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Old 07-03-05, 12:21 PM
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that Cinelli is probably the sexiest quill stem I've seen.

I have an adaptor on one of my old bikes and it works fine, but if you're a "Weight Weenie", the combination usually ends up being kinda heavy.
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Old 07-03-05, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by 531Aussie
that Cinelli is probably the sexiest quill stem I've seen.
Yah, I agree... I also like the 3ttt Mutant:



However, the only place I can find it is XXCycle.com and since I think they're in Europe, I'm assuming it'd take forever to get the stem.

Originally Posted by 531Aussie
I have an adaptor on one of my old bikes and it works fine, but if you're a "Weight Weenie", the combination usually ends up being kinda heavy.
Hehe... well, I guess weight is of some concern. According to Cinelli's site, their adapter is only 75g's... combines with a decent weight threadless stem, the combination could possibly be lighter than some of the quill stems (theoretically )
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If someone wanted to update their bike to a newer style stem without using the adapter, what would be required? A new fork?
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Old 07-03-05, 09:40 PM
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yep, new fork.
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Originally Posted by ToddTaylor
Yah, I agree... I also like the 3ttt Mutant:



However, the only place I can find it is XXCycle.com and since I think they're in Europe, I'm assuming it'd take forever to get the stem.


Hehe... well, I guess weight is of some concern. According to Cinelli's site, their adapter is only 75g's... combines with a decent weight threadless stem, the combination could possibly be lighter than some of the quill stems (theoretically )
The Modolo quills sold at Nashbar look pretty nice and work well
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Old 07-03-05, 09:42 PM
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i recently bought one of these, and ended up putting it on one of my steel bikes.
It's pretty good:

1 inch threadless alu steerer, weighs about 520g, and would probably be less than $150 US


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here's a bunch for sale, good luck

http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/stems.asp

http://www.rivbike.com/webalog/handlebars_stems_tape/






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Old 07-03-05, 09:57 PM
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sounds to me like you have a good excuse to buy a new fork
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Originally Posted by ToddTaylor
Yah, I agree... I also like the 3ttt Mutant:



However, the only place I can find it is XXCycle.com and since I think they're in Europe, I'm assuming it'd take forever to get the stem.
The mutant is dead sexy. I just got one for my track bike, sent from italy via a member of BF.

bikeophile.com has some mutants in stock. 9 amd 11 cm, black only. $50 CAD, free shipping.
http://www.bikeophile.com/store/view...oduct=CLASSMUT

the owner posts on the SS/Fix board all the time. he ships from canada. and he had a 15% coupon floating around not too long ago.
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pricey, but very sexy: http://www.rivendellbicycles.com/htm...uggedstem.html
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IMO nothing beats the clean look, size range and adjustability of a Nitto Technomic.
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Originally Posted by Ziggurat
here's a bunch for sale, good luck
For most quills available you have to disasemble the bar, right? (except ofcourse the 3ttt Mutant and the Frog show.. some of the 90 degree ones, but those look so unproportional - and that's what I have)
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Originally Posted by baxtefer
The mutant is dead sexy. I just got one for my track bike, sent from italy via a member of BF.

bikeophile.com has some mutants in stock. 9 amd 11 cm, black only. $50 CAD, free shipping.
http://www.bikeophile.com/store/view...oduct=CLASSMUT

the owner posts on the SS/Fix board all the time. he ships from canada. and he had a 15% coupon floating around not too long ago.
Thanks for the link, baxtefer... I think this is the route I'm going to go Interesting that Bike-O-Phile doesn't charge shipping and only takes PayPal (which is Ok with me )
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If you don't mind used parts, there are tons of quills on ebay. I myself have some cinelli & SR. I
prefer the vintage look of quill And they are usually 26mm bar diameter and 22.2mm insertion.
The hassle is older quills require complete removal of everything on the handlebar. Newer ones
like the Frog and the Mutant can be swapped in easily.
That Cinelli Frog does look like a frog leg, don't you think?
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this is cool and a good deal if you need a longer stem:

http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.asp?id=8972

edit, oh nevermind, you probably want an open faceplate.
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Originally Posted by grinderbob
That Cinelli Frog does look like a frog leg, don't you think?
Too bad it's not green! I would've purchased the Frog stem but I can't seem to find it anywhere, so I opted for the 3T Mutant. Since my bike is a Trek 5200, I think the more 'sculpted' looking stems look more appropriate on the bike than the traditional quill stems do.
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If weight is not your main concern Profile Design has a line of quill stems that work very well. Try Airbomb on the web.
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ziggerurat!! where did you find that cat giff? it's hilarious
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Originally Posted by oilman_15106
If weight is not your main concern Profile Design has a line of quill stems that work very well. Try Airbomb on the web.
Thanks for the info. It appears as though Airbomb has quite a few Profile quill stems (but they aren't as pretty as the 3T and Cinelli stems )



Weight is actually of concern to me, but it seems like most quill stems weigh at least 250g. A few, like the Cinelli titanium weigh considerably less, but it's nearly impossible to find and doesn't have the removable plate for the bars.

If I was rich, I'd buy one of those carbon stem / handlebar combos
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Deda Murex is an option... I think Complete Cyclist has them on their site.
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Originally Posted by ToddTaylor
Thanks for the info. It appears as though Airbomb has quite a few Profile quill stems (but they aren't as pretty as the 3T and Cinelli stems )



Weight is actually of concern to me, but it seems like most quill stems weigh at least 250g. A few, like the Cinelli titanium weigh considerably less, but it's nearly impossible to find and doesn't have the removable plate for the bars.

If I was rich, I'd buy one of those carbon stem / handlebar combos

Personally I think those welded quill stems are just about the ugliest things ever made. This from a company that should know better!
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Originally Posted by F1_Fan
Deda Murex is an option... I think Complete Cyclist has them on their site.

Yeah, that's a nice little stem..it'd be good on a track bike.
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