Brazed stems are XKE of the bike stem world. Nitto makes these, for the Japanese brand Fairweather. We sell them because they’re gorgeous, strong, and what else could you want from a stem? Like all steel stems, keep these away from carbon steerers and bars. If your stem weights what a brazed steel stem weighs and you have carbon bars, your priorities in life are broken. It’s like playing P90’s through a 5 watt practice amp. Just don’t.
Common misconception about stems like this: folks think, "hey I cut my steerer too short while under the influence of my 18th Keystone Light. If I get this stem or a similar stem, no one will know!" Then they proceed to bolt the stem to 40 mm of steerer tube. One of two things will happen when ya do that. The steerer will snap or the stem will snap. Maybe not immediately, but eventually. And then everyone will know you as no tooth _____ fill in your name, cause you will have a huge gap where your front teeth used to be. The right way to install a stem like this, or the Soma Crane, is to bury the steerer tube to within 10mm of the top of the stem. 5-10mm. Not a 20mm gap. Not a 50mm gap.
For 1 ⅛ steerers, 31.8 bars. You can shim drop or flat bars, but not albatross style bars, with a two piece shim.
Use this stem with Diety, Simworks and White Industries headset spacers which will match the outer diameter of the steel tubing. Most aluminum spacers will not match.
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