Info Pls: Hi-Rise Road Stem

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  1. Gary Mishler

    Gary Mishler Guest

    A friend of mine is looking for a road stem with a 30-40 degree rise and ~ 120-130 mm length. He can
    find plenty of them that are MTB stems, but not any road stems.

    Does anyone know of a source for hi-rise road stems? Also, what is the difference between "Road
    Stems" and "Mountain Bike Stems"? I assume it's not good to use one for the other?

    Thanks, Mish
     
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  2. A Muzi

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    "Gary Mishler" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > A friend of mine is looking for a road stem with a 30-40 degree rise and ~ 120-130 mm length. He
    > can find plenty of them that are MTB stems, but not any road stems.
    >
    > Does anyone know of a source for hi-rise road stems? Also, what is the difference between "Road
    > Stems" and "Mountain Bike Stems"? I assume it's not good to use one for the other?

    One may use any stem in either a mountain or road bike so long as the fork/stem interface is the
    right size _and_ the bar/stem interface is as well. Fabrizio might call out the fashion police but
    there are no other issues.

    Most "mtb" stems are 25.4 handlebar and most "road" stems are 26.0 handlebar. There are plenty of
    25.4 drop bars and there were at least a few
    26. flat bars. We might better describe stems as "25.4" vs "26.0" rather then overgeneralize them as
    "mtb" or "road".

    See also the trend to call wider saddles "ladies'" models which can be offputting to men who ride in
    an upright position and could use the wider model.

    If you're looking for a tall quill stem for a 26.0 bar, look at the Profile H2O stem or the famous
    Nitto Technomic, among others. Any competent LBS which sells road bikes should have a selection.
    --
    Andrew Muzi http://www.yellowjersey.org Open every day since 1 April 1971
     
  3. Kbh

    Kbh Guest

    What is the rule of thumb in using mismatched stems/bars? i.e. is it OK to use a 25.4 stem with a 26
    bar, but not vice versa?

    Kyle

    "A Muzi" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > "Gary Mishler" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > > A friend of mine is looking for a road stem with a 30-40 degree rise and
    ~
    > > 120-130 mm length. He can find plenty of them that are MTB stems, but
    not
    > > any road stems.
    > >
    > > Does anyone know of a source for hi-rise road stems? Also, what is the difference between "Road
    > > Stems" and "Mountain Bike Stems"? I assume
    it's
    > > not good to use one for the other?
    >
    > One may use any stem in either a mountain or road bike so long as the fork/stem interface is the
    > right size _and_ the bar/stem interface is as well. Fabrizio might call out the fashion police but
    > there are no other issues.
    >
    > Most "mtb" stems are 25.4 handlebar and most "road" stems are 26.0 handlebar. There are plenty of
    > 25.4 drop bars and there were at least a
    few
    > 26. flat bars. We might better describe stems as "25.4" vs "26.0" rather then overgeneralize them
    > as "mtb" or "road".
    >
    > See also the trend to call wider saddles "ladies'" models which can be offputting to men who ride
    > in an upright position and could use the wider model.
    >
    > If you're looking for a tall quill stem for a 26.0 bar, look at the Profile H2O stem or the famous
    > Nitto Technomic, among others. Any
    competent
    > LBS which sells road bikes should have a selection.
    > --
    > Andrew Muzi http://www.yellowjersey.org Open every day since 1 April 1971
     
  4. A Muzi

    A Muzi Guest

    > > "Gary Mishler" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > > > A friend of mine is looking for a road stem with a 30-40 degree rise
    and
    > > > ~ 120-130 mm length. He can find plenty of them that are MTB stems,
    but
    > > > not any road stems.
    > > >
    > > > Does anyone know of a source for hi-rise road stems? Also, what is
    the
    > > > difference between "Road Stems" and "Mountain Bike Stems"? I assume it's not good to use one
    > > > for the other?

    > "A Muzi" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > > One may use any stem in either a mountain or road bike so long as the fork/stem interface is the
    > > right size _and_ the bar/stem interface is as well. Fabrizio might call out the fashion police
    > > but there are no other issues.
    > >
    > > Most "mtb" stems are 25.4 handlebar and most "road" stems are 26.0 handlebar. There are plenty
    > > of 25.4 drop bars and there were at least a
    > few
    > > 26. flat bars. We might better describe stems as "25.4" vs "26.0"
    rather
    > > then overgeneralize them as "mtb" or "road".
    > >
    > > See also the trend to call wider saddles "ladies'" models which can be offputting to men who
    > > ride in an upright position and could use the
    wider
    > > model.
    > >
    > > If you're looking for a tall quill stem for a 26.0 bar, look at the Profile H2O stem or the
    > > famous Nitto Technomic, among others. Any
    > competent
    > > LBS which sells road bikes should have a selection.

    "KBH" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > What is the rule of thumb in using mismatched stems/bars? i.e. is it OK
    to
    > use a 25.4 stem with a 26 bar, but not vice versa?

    That's a dangerously poor idea either way. OK maybe not _as_ dangerous in a flat bar, but don't do
    it with a drop bar where your weight is borne on the levers when braking
    --
    Andrew Muzi http://www.yellowjersey.org Open every day since 1 April 1971
     
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