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... 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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deda zero

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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Welshboy said:
... 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:

<img src="https://gallery.consumerreview.com/webcrossing/images/KoggsK1D58.jpg">

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 get a steel stem to match your steel frame?

<a href=http://www.kellybike.com/2nd_xtra_stems.html>Kelly</a> 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

Welshboy said:
... 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 ;)

http://www.bohemianbicycles.com/photo_gallery18.htm
 
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