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Is it possible to use 25.4 bars with a 26.0 stem? It seems like a half a mm isn't going to make much difference. Has anybody tried this?
 

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There's a shim made just for that. It is slightly serrated and costs about $2. Otherwise, it is possible to crack your stem, thus releasing your handlebars and yourself onto the trail when you least expect it.
 

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Why do you want to do that, anyways?
 

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A friend had one on his Banshee that the shop sold him for 25.4 bars. There was an obvious gap that showed only partial clamping. It worked, but he later broke a face plate on one that fit. You will over stress the plate. They make different sizes, because that is what works. Sure it will work. Is it safe? I don't think so. Wumpus just traded me for a different stem and I put his on the roadie for a while.
 

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There are only two quill stems that I can find with a slightly longer quill design.

One is the Kalloy AL-6025. The bicycle currently sports the 25d 130mm version of this stem.

A great improvement over the stock stem but still too much cockpit room. I sized it based on my preferred setup from 15 years ago when I actually rode offroad.
I'm desirous of a more comfortable setup for on road riding in my old age.

The first solution that comes to mind is the 110mm version of this same stem. However, no one actually carries these and it took several months to work out the aquisition of the one I have.

The only other stem I can locate with a little longer quill is the Profile H2O 26.0. It's a good looking stem. I'd like to team up a 15d 100mm with some rise bars - cool and comfy.

I'll pick up a shim. Thank you folks for your input.
 

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Try outfits, such as Amazon.com (niagra cycle works), bikepartsusa.com, aebike.com (QBP), nashbar.com rivbike.com, and harriscyclery.com

Between all of that, you're sure to find any size stem you're looking for.

However, it seems that you may be looking for "riser bars" instead.

In an emergency, "dutch bike" adjustable stems are availalbe in two sizes--whopping huge and "The Most"! ;)

Good luck with resizing the small bike. That can be very difficult on occaision. Sometimes, it works out so very well because the smaller frames are lighter weight and have nicely shorter top tubes--for both more comfort and more speed.
 

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AG1 said:
There are only two quill stems that I can find with a slightly longer quill design.

One is the Kalloy AL-6025. The bicycle currently sports the 25d 130mm version of this stem.

A great improvement over the stock stem but still too much cockpit room. I sized it based on my preferred setup from 15 years ago when I actually rode offroad.
I'm desirous of a more comfortable setup for on road riding in my old age.

The first solution that comes to mind is the 110mm version of this same stem. However, no one actually carries these and it took several months to work out the aquisition of the one I have.

The only other stem I can locate with a little longer quill is the Profile H2O 26.0. It's a good looking stem. I'd like to team up a 15d 100mm with some rise bars - cool and comfy.

I'll pick up a shim. Thank you folks for your input.
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