24 May, 2011

Quill Stems Arrive

The choices of high quality quill stems has been getting a little thin these past few years. We received three new models today. More choice is good?

The Grand Cru Stem

 It may look like a $450 fillet brazed stem from a custom frame builder, but the Grand Cru stems are actually made using a custom one piece steel quill and extension. The clamp is welded onto the extension and the weld is hand filed smooth on top. This results in a strong, yet relatively light, stem with a classic shape. This stem took a tremendous amount of time and energy to develop, but I think it was worth the effort.

Quill length is 180mm, or 120mm above the min. insert line. 26.0mm clamp. Alloy wedge. Weight is 385g (for 100mm size)

The VO Chrome Stem

Here is a less expensive chrome stem with positive rise. The VO Quill Stem is a smooth welded chrome plated 1" quill stem. It has a 17-degree positive rise.

Total quill length is 190mm or 120mm above the min. insert line. (Interestingly, it will get your bars as high as a Technomic stem, yet it weighs a little less.) 26mm clamp. Alloy wedge. Weight is 367g for the 100mm size.

The Grand Compe ENE Stem
 The ENE traditional alloy quill stem is another high quality addition Dia Compe's growing line of ENE classic components. It's nicely polished and displays small logos. A good choice for those who like an alloy stem, but don't need the extra quill length and extra weight of a Technomic. They are currently only made in 80mm amd 100mm extensions, but we will stock more sizes as they become available.

180mm total height, 115mm above the min. insert line. 26.0mm clamp. Alloy wedge. Weight is 340g for the100mm size.

19 comments:

David Troyer said...

I hate to be brash... but what is with the chrome obsession? Does yours not pit or rust?

eflayer said...

have you tested the quills to know if they can be installed around the radii on, let's say, Nitto Noodles. Those bar clamps look wide-ish and I would be a bit concerned.

Maxwell said...

Definitely love the Grand Cru stem, and I'd also love a negative rise version of the second stem. I'll probably have to buy one of each.

Chris Kulczycki said...

David, Actually we make more stuff that's stainless steel than chrome plated. A lot of people love classic chrome stems, so much so that frame builders often charge $400-$600 for them. They don't pit or rust unless you get salt on them and don't clean them.

For what it's worth, if we had made these in alloy they would have cost twice as much because of the tooling costs.

eflayer, We did test them and they work with drop bars. Plus, you can spread the clamp for bars with really tight bends without damaging the clamp (unlike alloy stems which can crack when spread).

bubba said...

Those are all snazzy. The Dia Compe compares nicely with a Nitto Pearl.

Anonymous said...

very exciting, beautiful stems.

for me, here's the main question: is the extension measured like Nittos, which tend to measure c to c along the side centerline of the extension, or along the top of the extension, the way most other quill stems are measured. This is important because if you're used to a 10cm Cinelli, and then get a Nitto Pearl that says Pearl 10 on the side, you'll find the Pearl is actually 7 mm longer than the Cinelli. So I was just wondering if you could get out your reading glasses and ruler, and tell us how these are sized.

thanks very much for this awesome set of stems.

michael white

David Benson said...

Will you offer the Grand Cru stem longer than 12cm?

dwainedibbly said...

More options, always nice. I think I like the Grand Compe best, though.

Anonymous said...

Very nice! speaking of stems, when will y'all have the Tall Stack stem back in stock?

James Black said...

I would be interested in a 1 1/8" x 25.4 x 90 degree threadless stem in chrome-plated steel without removable faceplate, and I think there might be a market for such a thing. Aluminum threadless stems look too bulky on steel frames with classic proportions.

Anonymous said...

a little surprised not to see a threaded bung for a bell? any chance we might see that in the future or possible an integrated cable stop? anyways, cheers for gracing us with another high quality classy part for that thing we hold near and dear called our bicycle.

Anonymous said...

They look great Chris. Anything for us old time Schwinn fans, 21.1mm?

Chris Kulczycki said...

The next production run of Tall Stack stems was delayed due to an error on our part. With luck we'll have them mid to late summer.

The stems are measured center to center along the center-line. The Grand Cru stems in the longer sizes are 2-4mm longer than the nominal size, all others are within 1-2mm.

We don't plan to offer sizes longer than 120mm, nor 21.1mm stems, because I doubt we would sell enough to cover production and tooling costs in a reasonable amount of time.

Anonymous said...

Any chance of lengths shorter than 90mm for the Grand Cru in the future? Thanks!

Maxwell said...

Yeah, I just noticed the Grand Cru stem isn't offered in a short enough size for my bike (70mm)so unfortunately I'll have to pass for now. :-(

Education Chancellor Joel Klein said...

Just realized that many of your VO handlebars have a 25.4mm clamp diameter but all your new VO quill stems have the 26.0mm clamp. Was this on purpose?

matthew minardi said...

i just purchased the grand cru stem. here is my constructive criticism... stem clamp area needs to be completely smooth! especially along the edges were the binder bolt threads. on my first attempt i laid down a few milometer scratches on my new shiny b-136 bar... after that i pried the clamp open again and filed the uneven surfaces that were left behind after the welding process. definitely not for the impatient type. nitto stems are much easier to work with and seem to be made to higher standards for less money. hope this helps.

Seventysixers said...

Any chance of 1 1/8 quill stem?

Seventysixers said...

No? thanks.