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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:30 pm 
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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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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:02 pm 
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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!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:25 pm 
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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.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:38 pm 
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I don't see any problem with it.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:42 pm 
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It will be fine.

Seriously.

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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.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:14 pm 
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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)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:07 pm 
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Thanks everyone for your quick responses :beerchug:

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

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


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


LOL. :noidea:

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


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:21 pm 
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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...


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@mjduct: you can find more pictures on this topic

http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=95003&start=105

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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.


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EDIT: the bolts are steel. Just thought it was a bit strange not to sell a ti stem with ti bolts.

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