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Can it be done: drill a hole in the stem faceplate? YES!

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:30 pm
by SWijland
Hi everyone,

This weekend I exchanged the Deda Zero 00 stem on my Renovo wooden bike project for a Spin Monolithic titanium stem. I also removed the Extralite top cap and put on the CK titanium topcap that came with the headset. I plan to polish stem in the next couple of weeks.

I think the stem itself looks great. The bi-axial ovalised extension tube looks is a real stunner and the quality of the welds is also really nice. The stem did come with some crappy aluminium bolts :roll: that were way to long, but luckely they were the same size as the ones on my Deda stem.

One thing still bothers me and that's the faceplate. The reason why I choose to go with the Spin titanium stem is because of the sleek design. The facebook however looks ridiculously bulky compared to the rest of the stem. It is also way overbuilt. That is why I would like you opinion on drilling a hole where the Spin logo is right now. Drilling a smaller hole isn't really an option, as you would be able to see part of the Spin logo.

What do you think? Can it be done? And will it hold afterwards?

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Example of stem with very minimal faceplate:

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This is what I want it to look like:

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Can it be done: drill a hole in the stem faceplate? YES!

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:30 pm
by Weenie

Re: Can it be done: drill a hole in the stem faceplate?

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:02 pm
by prendrefeu
SWijland wrote:
What do you think? Can it be done? And will it hold afterwards?


1. Tuning stems is common.
2. Yes.
3. Yes.

Best of luck!

/thread.

Re: Can it be done: drill a hole in the stem faceplate?

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:25 pm
by HammerTime2
How much do you like your teeth?

Having it designed, manufactured and tested in a certain configuration is one thing. Drilling your own hole is another.

Re: Can it be done: drill a hole in the stem faceplate?

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:38 pm
by 2002maniac
I don't see any problem with it.

Re: Can it be done: drill a hole in the stem faceplate?

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:42 pm
by prendrefeu
It will be fine.

Seriously.

Re: Can it be done: drill a hole in the stem faceplate?

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:02 pm
by donald
I have done that to some face plates, never had a problem with them. Make it smooth , and you can always look at it with a magnifing glass for any stress risers. Many parts are over built, and i also understand people have concerns when it comes to stems especially. Do what you feel most comfortable with.

Re: Can it be done: drill a hole in the stem faceplate?

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:14 pm
by mjduct
dude, you are riding a wooden bike and wondering about the strength of titanium?

(BTW, I think the wooden bike is as sexy as anything I've ever seen)
:beerchug:

Re: Can it be done: drill a hole in the stem faceplate?

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:07 pm
by SWijland
Thanks everyone for your quick responses :beerchug:

I will get to work and I will let you know how it turns out.

Re: Can it be done: drill a hole in the stem faceplate?

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:17 pm
by HammerTime2
At what point. if we haven't heard from you, should we assume that I was "right"?

Re: Can it be done: drill a hole in the stem faceplate?

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:24 am
by SWijland
HammerTime2 wrote:At what point. if we haven't heard from you, should we assume that I was "right"?


LOL. :noidea:

Re: Can it be done: drill a hole in the stem faceplate?

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:11 pm
by Rick
Doesn't a wooden bike need a hand-carved hard rock maple stem, and bamboo bars ?

Re: Can it be done: drill a hole in the stem faceplate?

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:21 pm
by mjduct
what happens to wooden bikes with carbon rims after the heat builds up on a long decent?

J/K :P

seriously though can we get some more pictures, I looked up that manufacturers website and I'll have to replace my keyboard because all the drool shorted it out...

Re: Can it be done: drill a hole in the stem faceplate?

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:30 pm
by SWijland

Re: Can it be done: drill a hole in the stem faceplate?

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:32 pm
by natiedean24
The stem came with aluminum bolts? that's odd.

Anywho, tuning stems gives me the heebie-jeebies and I would never do it. However, as others have said, it is probably overbuilt and can take the hole.

Re: Can it be done: drill a hole in the stem faceplate?

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:32 pm
by Weenie

Re: Can it be done: drill a hole in the stem faceplate?

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:52 pm
by SWijland
EDIT: the bolts are steel. Just thought it was a bit strange not to sell a ti stem with ti bolts.