Quill stem with an open faceplate?
Until recently Salsa made a nice quill stem with an open faceplate. QBP no longer stocks them, and it looks like there was a recall on them last spring.
I need a stem for my commuter bike that clamps solidly and doesn't require that I disassemble my bars to change stems. Does anyone still make a decent quill stem where the faceplate is removable?
You need an Ahead adaptor, it will allow you to use any stem you want, I know it's one more piece in the link but the one I have works well and I haven't had any problems with it
It looks like QBP is still stocking Profile Designs quill stems with a removable faceplate, I've used them without problems in the past. The ahead adapter is a great idea also.
Do you need an OS clamp like those Salsas?
scroll down, the UI-2.
I have one, it's nice. I bought it here.
I just put a NOS 3ttt on my Csi that has an open faceplate. Nice stem.
In the last 5 years, I've purchased 2 quill stems with open face plate for 26.0mm bars at an LBS.
Both Bicyle Chain and Now Sports in Shoreview had a whole mess of them - most were not high end like salsa and many were "riser" stems.
It looks like 2 bolt removeable faceplate stems are phased out in favor of 4 bolt stem.
3t for me.
Originally Posted by FlynRide
Cinelli Frogs are great, but not to everyone's taste. You can get open face quill stems that don't look like industrial mtb stems, they are just hard to come by.
I like the older TTT stems, too, and you can find a few at this ebay seller site:
They can be pricey, but if the stems have some shop knocks they get discounted as you go down the inventory.
Yup. Great stem. I got mine cheap from a shop's back room.
Originally Posted by JeffS
Deda Murex is another option.
the one i like: and may have a couple for sale in a month or so.
nos seller on the 'bay:
Wow, thanks for all the suggestions. Looks like there are lots of options out there, most of which look nicer than the Salsa. I'll probably pull the trigger on a 3T off eBay this weekend.
Also, I'm buying this stem as a replacement for a Shimano 600 quill that never held the bars solidly. To those who have experience with this stem, is there a trick to it? Or, is the design simply a lemon because of the limited clamping surface?