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new stem for a cannondale supersix

skyeflyguyskyeflyguy Posts: 110
edited May 2013 in Road buying advice
Hi, was wondering if any one could recommend a new stem that would fit a Cannondale supersix, that I would be able to adjust the height without having to cut the steerer tube down, which feels scarily permanent to me.
Excuse my ignorance if there isn't , but I come from the era of quill stems.

Thanks G.

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  • smidsysmidsy Posts: 5,273
    If you have spacers beneath the stem you can take them off and put them on top.

    This will allow you to check if the height is OK for you before cutting.
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  • Ringo 68Ringo 68 Posts: 441
    smidsy wrote:
    If you have spacers beneath the stem you can take them off and put them on top.

    This will allow you to check if the height is OK for you before cutting.

    This^^

    Or if you don't want to cut the steerer down just leave the spacers above the stem. It doesn't look too bad unless you have a massive stack of them.
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  • metronomemetronome Posts: 669
    Interestingly Cannondale state that spacers should never go above the stem on the Supersix. Steerer strength / compression plug issues or something along those lines. Probably okay ... but worth knowing for reference.

    Details on Page 90:

    http://media.cannondale.com/media/Manua ... 124451.pdf
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  • geo333geo333 Posts: 6
    I just replaced mine on the same bike with a Deda Zero1 Road Stem from Wiggle - not super special, but about the same weight as the one that comes on the bike. I have the replica colour scheme and it looks good. Haven't lowered the bars though.
  • skyeflyguyskyeflyguy Posts: 110
    Thanks everyone for replying. I had noticed that in the Cannondale manual that it stated no spacers to be used above the stem.
    Is there a stem that would work with the Cannondale set up that would allow me to do this? I don't think that I would have to drop too much maybe one or 2 smaller spacers. Also would it be useful for temporarily lower the bars when using clip on aeros to get a better position,or am I asking way to much? Thanks again.

    G.
  • skyeflyguyskyeflyguy Posts: 110
    geo333 wrote:
    I just replaced mine on the same bike with a Deda Zero1 Road Stem from Wiggle - not super special, but about the same weight as the one that comes on the bike. I have the replica colour scheme and it looks good. Haven't lowered the bars though.
    Thanks for that i will have look!

    G. :)
  • paulmonpaulmon Posts: 315
    I've just replaced the stem on my CAAD 10 with a shorter Ritchey WCS item and I've also moved it down a couple of spacers. I haven't read the manual for my bike to see if it advises against it but its staying as it is for now until I get around to cutting the steerer.

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  • smidsysmidsy Posts: 5,273
    Just to clarify I was not proposing you fit spacers on top and then ride 10000000 miles.

    I simply meant that you can do it to see if the position suits you, then cut it to suit.
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  • skyeflyguyskyeflyguy Posts: 110
    PaulMon wrote:
    I've just replaced the stem on my CAAD 10 with a shorter Ritchey WCS item and I've also moved it down a couple of spacers. I haven't read the manual for my bike to see if it advises against it but its staying as it is for now until I get around to cutting the steerer.

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    Thanks PaulMon, looks pretty much like what I was trying to do. Like the black tape on the team bike, is your saddle black too?
  • skyeflyguyskyeflyguy Posts: 110
    smidsy wrote:
    Just to clarify I was not proposing you fit spacers on top and then ride 10000000 miles.

    I simply meant that you can do it to see if the position suits you, then cut it to suit.
    Hi Smidsy,
    Yeah Id guessed that's what you had meant. Thanks for the advice.
  • smidsy wrote:
    Just to clarify I was not proposing you fit spacers on top and then ride 10000000 miles.

    I simply meant that you can do it to see if the position suits you, then cut it to suit.

    Ezy_Rider is expert on spacers:

    viewtopic.php?f=40020&t=12833798#p17421326

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  • skyeflyguyskyeflyguy Posts: 110
    smidsy wrote:
    Just to clarify I was not proposing you fit spacers on top and then ride 10000000 miles.

    I simply meant that you can do it to see if the position suits you, then cut it to suit.

    Ezy_Rider is expert on spacers:

    viewtopic.php?f=40020&t=12833798#p17421326

    BadTrek.jpg
    Mmm interesting, but not quite what I had in mind.
  • paulmonpaulmon Posts: 315
    skyeflyguy wrote:
    PaulMon wrote:
    I've just replaced the stem on my CAAD 10 with a shorter Ritchey WCS item and I've also moved it down a couple of spacers. I haven't read the manual for my bike to see if it advises against it but its staying as it is for now until I get around to cutting the steerer.

    8670534677_9663fb6816_c.jpg
    Thanks PaulMon, looks pretty much like what I was trying to do. Like the black tape on the team bike, is your saddle black too?

    Yep. Replaced stem, bars, tape, seat and seat post. There are a few pics on my Flickr account http://www.flickr.com/photos/m00nigan/
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