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    Any drop bar into Nitto stem tips?

    I have a 42cm (25.4mm clamp) Salsa Woodchipper bar that I'm trying to get into a Nitto Dirt Drop stem without completely mangling either. Lower drop and around the hook is fine, but getting from the hook up onto the flat is not happening for me. Partly because the rest of the bar runs into the stem's quill.

    Can't do the old reverse bolt/penny spreader trick as you can't access the threaded portion of the pinch bolt path.

    Any tips?

    thanks,

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    yeah, I pulled the bolt out entirely and tapped a small wooden wedge in.....wound a set of Nitto Randonneurs into a Technomic.....worth a try
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    That was one of my ideas. Will try that tomorrow. Will greasing the bejeesus out of it help too?

    Thanks.

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    grease won't help...just make it messy
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    Well I got it. Had to trim 38mm from the extended drop section of the bar. That was the only way the stem quill would rotate around the bars. Not a huge deal though as the Woodchipper has super long extensions, it almost looks "normal" now.

    Used a composite shim ( borrowed from hot tub) to spread the clamp a bit as well. But the drop/quill interference was the big hurdle.

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    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh I get it.....you used a tubing cutter to get a perfect, square cut right?
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    Yup. 38mm marked on each side, tubing cutter, cleaned with dremel, lightly sanded. Looks normal now.

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    silly question, but did you do this while the stem was in the bike?....I ALWAYS try to thread the stem over the bars rather than the bars through the stem.....just a note for future reference, it MAY have made a difference if you didn't do it that way...or not.
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    You can take the bars back to its near original length by installing bar end shifters...

    BTW, like Touch0Gray, I always install quill stems onto the bars, not the other way around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Touch0Gray
    silly question, but did you do this while the stem was in the bike?....I ALWAYS try to thread the stem over the bars rather than the bars through the stem.....just a note for future reference, it MAY have made a difference if you didn't do it that way...or not.
    Yeah, this was all with everything completely detached. There was just no way to rotate it with the stem quill hitting the long drop section of those bars:



    I've wrestled with quite a few over the years, but this was a new one.

    Finished product:

    DSCF9522

    yeah, a mountain bike with a quill stem, and 1" no less. Antique. he he.

    And yes, the levers are low. This setup is optimized around riding in the drops. It feels SO nice.

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    There is always a new fangled way!

    Wow, I never thought of that. I've always just left the stem on the bike, mounted the bar in a vise, and while holding the bike aloft worked it over the stem.

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