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Please help, trying to locate track stem

Old 01-23-17, 08:08 PM
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Please help, trying to locate track stem

Excuse me if I talk in terms of a roadie, but that's what I know in terms of stems. Used a Specialized bike fitting stem today to determine the stem measurements I want. It's an adjustable tool/stem that you use that will tell you the drop and length of where you set your bars. The numbers came out that I need a stem that is minus is -8 degrees and 110 in length, 1 1/8 steer tube with a 26.0 clamp. By -8 degrees, I mean a flat stem with an 8 degree drop, which I believe is also referred to as an 82 degree stem....again, please excuse the roadie terminology as I have always just thought in terms of rise or drop. Anyone know of a good quality, track suitable stem with those dimensions? Unfortunately, there are no shops around me that specialize in track gear and the only one's online seem to be in the UK. So far, my online research has turned up a few stems like what I want, but only with larger, oversized clamps. Seems the only 26.0 stems that I find are "pista" stems that have a crazy big drop in them, something like 25-30 degrees. Willing to take any and all suggestions. Thanks in advance.
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If you have stem spacers on your bike perhaps you could change them around to provide the effective stem drop you want.

Also could you use spacers, on an otherwise suitable stem, to adjust an oversize clamp to 26mm?
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stems don't have to be track specific. if you're having trouble finding a stem with the correct clamp size, you can always use a shim. I've used something similar to this with no issues whatsoever.
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You can try to play around with this to get an equivalent position by playing around with different rise and spacer set ups

Stem Comparison Tool | yojimg.net

Adding 2cm of spacers on a -17 degree stem that is 115mm will put you at the same height, but be 1mm longer in reach. The same stem length is only 4mm shorter than the -8 degree stem.

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You will drive yourself nuts hunting for 26.0 stems. It was a short-lived standard between the 25.4 and 31.8 eras.

Do yourself a favor and either upgrade your bars to 31.8 bars or use the shim that blackbullet recommended. Shims work very well. But they can be a pain to install by yourself. It's easiest if you have a 2nd pair of hands.
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I have good news for you - I think. It sounds like you want a dream that drops 8 degrees below horizontal. This isn't an 8 degree stem.

Stems angles are measured by the angle to the steerer tube. So, assuming you have a 73 deg head tube, you are looking for a 25 degree stem (17 would be horizontal. You need another 8).

That should give you more options.
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26.0 stems are still out there. This was a MTB standard for years and actually I believe 25.4 was less common in road stems than 26.0. I think only Nitto NJS and Cinelli were 25.4, and Cinelli moved to 26.0 as well some time in the 90's. That said, I'm using a shim with my skinny bars, and it works perfectly.

EDIT: Doh, that's right, Cinelli was 26.4, not 25.4

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There should be plenty of 26.0. That was pretty much THE STANDARD for decades. Japan at 25.4 and Cinelli at 26.4 were the oddballs. More flexible but probably more durable and aerodynamic than the oversize 31.8.
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
You will drive yourself nuts hunting for 26.0 stems. It was a short-lived standard between the 25.4 and 31.8 eras.
short lived ?
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