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    Can you recommend a nice Aheadstem...

    ... that will look good with a traditional lugged steel frame?

    I love normal sized (skinny) steel frames but also like the Aheadset system. But todays Ahead stems look so big and chunky perched on such a frame.

    Are there any slim and slender Ahead stems out there that might look a bit better?

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    know little about it; there's only one or two review on rbr, but they were at least ok i think; I have in mind getting one someday to try out, but i think they are not to be used with carbon steerers; go to the web site for calfee bikes and they show one on a bike--looks great imo.

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    Stems

    Quote Originally Posted by Welshboy
    ... that will look good with a traditional lugged steel frame?

    I love normal sized (skinny) steel frames but also like the Aheadset system. But todays Ahead stems look so big and chunky perched on such a frame.

    Are there any slim and slender Ahead stems out there that might look a bit better?
    One of the problems is that the ahead stems evolved initially for use wtih MTBs, and they have oversized tubing in many cases...that said, I am very font of the way my Ritchey Comp (2-bolt) stem looks on my lugged Kogswell,which you can see here:



    Of course, in addition to the 1-1/8" headtube, the DT is oversized on this bike, so YMMV.

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    Why not

    Why not get a steel stem to match your steel frame?

    Kelly makes custom stems, I think Steelman and several other framebuilders do as well...

    Here's a Salsa Stem I recently sold off on eBay. Look around and you can often find these for $20-$30...
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    It'll probably cost more than your frame

    Quote Originally Posted by Welshboy
    ... that will look good with a traditional lugged steel frame?

    I love normal sized (skinny) steel frames but also like the Aheadset system. But todays Ahead stems look so big and chunky perched on such a frame.

    Are there any slim and slender Ahead stems out there that might look a bit better?
    This is one beautiful stem... The bikes not bad either ;)

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