Mine’s this long… Dec 17, 2008

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How long’s yours? New Nitto adjustable stems! Available now at Milwaukee!

  • kale

    I thinks that’s for dialing in your ergonomics before buying a real stem. Not for actual riding.

  • http://prollyisnotprbably.com prolly

    It’s a Nitto incarnation of the old Titan / Cinelli track stems with the adjustable clamp. They made them a long long time ago, hence the $399 pricetag!

  • kale

    Jesus. 400? I remember seeing a custom builder that made brass and steel ones in Colorado for a lot less (cheap frames too).
    I’m just thinking of this tool, but it’s not NJS:
    http://www.salsacycles.com/stems.html

  • Phil

    And why did they make it so you have to unwrap the bars, remove the brakes, etc, just get it on/off the bars?

    There are some things from the 70’s I don’t miss.

    For $400, you can buy a range of sizes in some cheap stem and then just give the unwanted ones away for Hannukah presents.

  • http://prollyisnotprbably.com prolly

    The Titan / Cinelli stems were from the days of olde.

    The idea was “one stem for every rider”. You could adjust the length and find a perfect fit. I had a titan one a while back. They’re pretty, but it was hard to get them tightened to a point where you didn’t feel any sway.

    Here’s a friend’s classic Frejus with Campy inch pitch, Cinelli adjustable stem, Cinelli pista pars and other “period correct” bits.

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3235/2859033489_6ae0a3f79f_b.jpg

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3066/2859031897_d2ed6f2444_b.jpg

  • Rusty Tool Shed

    “And why did they make it so you have to unwrap the bars, remove the brakes, etc, just get it on/off the bars?”

    WTF? It’s not like you’re likely to wear out handlebar tape racing on the track. Brake levers?!?!? Oh! No! You didn’t!

  • http://prollyisnotprbably.com prolly

    be nice now!