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Wanted: that perfect bar/stem combo

Old 04-05-07, 11:23 AM
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Wanted: that perfect bar/stem combo

I'm in a spot where I can start to build up a bike based on what I want it to be, rather than being completely restricted by finances/stock parts. I've got two of the IRO frames coming - a blue threaded and a green threadless - and have had little trouble with picking out all the parts I want to build one of them up (to afford to build one up, I'm going to have to sell the other...not for a profit, because that'd be too scummy).
The toughest decision I'm having is in the bar and stem combo. All I know is that I want a silver stem, preferably with some drop, that can take both bullhorns (for long road rides) and track drops (for cred). Should I build up the threaded and go with a Nitto stem, maybe Cinelli, maybe somthing else? Or should I go threadless and go with Deda, Thomson, or something else?
Please inspire me. This decision is one that I'm lucky to be in a position to make. Still, committing one way or another is torturous. I want the looks, the lightness, the strength, and to stay under $200 for the pair.
Thanks for the input.
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Old 04-05-07, 12:01 PM
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Go try stuff in person, it's the only way with bars. Also, for threaded, unless you find a pop-top stem you like, dedicated stems for different bars are the best $0-$50 you will ever spend if you switch bars a lot.
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Old 04-05-07, 12:15 PM
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Good looking silver 1-1/8" threadless stems are hard to come by. That said, I'm a big fan of the 3TTT Mutant:


It looks good with track drops:

(that's my bike)

And equally good with bullhorns:


or:


Best of all it can often be had for less than $20.
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Old 04-05-07, 01:42 PM
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that cervelo is ******** ridiculous!!
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Old 04-05-07, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by cingram
I'm going to have to sell the other...not for a profit, because that'd be too scummy
so whats the size of the one your selling, i got one for me but my gf wants a new bike
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Old 04-05-07, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by keevohn
Good looking silver 1-1/8" threadless stems are hard to come by. That said, I'm a big fan of the 3TTT Mutant:
And equally good with bullhorns:
1) I've been trying to ID that stem forever. THANKS!

2) I have a P2T too. Nice to see some other ones every now and then

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Old 04-05-07, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by keevohn
Good looking silver 1-1/8" threadless stems are hard to come by. That said, I'm a big fan of the 3TTT Mutant:




Best of all it can often be had for less than $20.
That thing is hideous.
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Old 04-05-07, 02:13 PM
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Yeah, it's a nice look, but I'm less about the flacid look
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Cinelli Integralter?

You wont have the option for bullhorns though as its 1 piece.
Tops are great though, and you have drops, and they come in silver... just tossing it out there.
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Old 04-05-07, 05:13 PM
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BTW the 3T Mutant was also made in quill version. I love mine for the quick bar change depending on my mood.
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Anyone like the Cinelli Groove stem?



I'm debating between that and the 3TTT Mutant. i just think they're nice looking stems.
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I like the Alter a lot; stiff as hell and it has a cute girl on it.

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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz
I like the Alter a lot; stiff as hell and it has a cute girl on it.

God, I love that stem. But they only made it in 1", right?
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For looks and quality I second el twe's nomination for the Salsa SUL quill. You can probably find two Salsa quill stems and two sets of bars for <$200 but it might take some patience. The old-style one bolt clamp is rock solid with a 25.4 bars and the Nitto shims. I wouldn't mess with shims and a poptop stem, but that's just me.

If you want threadless I would go oversized (31.7) for the clamp size, since you will be more likely to be able to find bullhorns AND track drops in 31.7.
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Old 04-05-07, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by estratton
Anyone like the Cinelli Groove stem?



I'm debating between that and the 3TTT Mutant. i just think they're nice looking stems.
I have it on my pista. I like it. Its decently stiff and it looks ok with my black bars. The little grooves on the side fit my thumbs nice when riding with my hands right against the stem. I wish it had a little more drop though.

Heres a pic:

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you should just buy a Nitto Jaguar 120mm 58 deg drop and just be uncomfortable. Trust me, the style points are worth the pinched nerves
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Pinched nerves are fast nerves.
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all these stems are pretty hideous
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Originally Posted by ryanday
God, I love that stem. But they only made it in 1", right?
As far as I know, yes.
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Fixie inc. ( www.cycles-for-heroes.com ) makes a killer 1" lugged chromo ahead stem, but its only available as a part of a complete build kit, methinks, at least for now.

i am quite partial to Syntace/Precisson stems, but then again I like steep rises, good for alt-bars in general.

Iv also had and loved cinelli 1" titanium stem

Money no object? then: https://www.llewellynbikes.com/thegallery/album47/aab
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The curving stem doesn't really do it. My aesthetic is closer to this:

I can one for $50 through QBP, it's solid, light, sexxxy, although I can't find a lot of track drops or bullhorns with the 31.8 clamp size. Suggestions? Could I force some 31.7 Deda pista drops in there or is that 1/10th of a mm a big deal?
I could also go with:

...and just be buying Deda bars for the rest of the stem's days.
The threaded stem does go well with the whole track identity though. It's all about the culture.

The frame I would sell is a 61 cm.
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Old 04-06-07, 11:28 AM
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I lied. The Deda gets crap reviews.
Any ideas on the 31.8 track drops/bullhorns?
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thomson wins for sure...
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the thomson also comes in 25.4 clamp
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