Compact bars and quill stems

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  • Happy New Year everyone !

    Can anyone recommend a compact 25.4/ 26.0 bar that will fit in a quill stem (non Cinelli 1A style) . Nearly had a nervous breakdown trying to fit Deda Piegas into a vintage 25.8 3TTT stem and it will not get round the bend onto the tops. Tried prising the clamp open, sticking an Allen key in the clamp , grease, everything I can think of. Coin trick won't work on this stem. The width of the clamp does not taper like a 1A stem so just won't fit round the bend

    Can anyone recommend any other compact bars with a less drastic bend ? Desperate to keep this pantographed stem on the bike but want a short reach/ drop. Stuck using risers and it's not the build I want.


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  • As much as you don't want to hear it probably, I suggest finding a 26.0mm stem. And even then it's a puzzle to get compact bars to fit; like you said with the tight bend around the hoods.

    For me with my ProCraft Compacts (26.0mm) it was a matter of finding the right angles while traversing the bars through the stem. You have to keep twisting it to find the smallest 'diameter', since the bars are not fully round around the tight bend.

    Hope that makes sense. And once they're in, never change bars again. ;)

  • Nitto M151s are very easy to fit on a Pearl stem. The panto one you have is nice, but it's a bit pointless if you can't use the drops you want.

  • Soma Hwy One?

  • Soma Hwy One?

    Is 26.0mm as well.

  • Bar+stem pairs is way to happiness.

    Decide what bars you want... note their reach, then find the right stem.

    Leave this stem paired with the risers.


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Compact bars and quill stems

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