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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:25 am 
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Apologies if this one's been done before.

I figured it might be a good idea to have a central thread where people can post up pics of parts where they can't identify the brand or builder. As the mysteries are solved I can update the individual posts with the answer, and perhaps credit the sleuth who solved the mystery :) I won't count my chickens but I'm happy to make this thread sticky if people find it useful.


Anyway, I'll go first in the next post.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:25 am 
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I snagged this a couple of years ago. It was cheap and I was curious. It's 1.25", fillet brazed and has a 'to retro and beyond' 150-165mm reach. It's no lightweight either. I'm wondering if it came off a sponsored rider's bike or was at least a custom order. I know decals can be stuck onto anything but it seems unusual to have a stem with huge Tange decals like that. Any ideas?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:47 am 
B.o.T.M. Winner / Feature Bike
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Back in the 90s there was a firm advertising in the back of MBUK offering fillet brazed custom stems for £65. They did quite well as they offered 1.25” in a time when we were limited to Atacs or I-beams.
I even bought a very negative rise one as I was riding a titan half trac with a massive headtube and the stem put it back down a bit.

That stem looks similar to mine but I’ll have to dig it out. Regards a name, my mind is a blank/scramble


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:51 am 
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Thanks Pete. I shan't be disappointed regardless of who made it. It was more a curio than anything else.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:10 am 
B.o.T.M. Winner / Feature Bike
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Found a photo and it’s got a few too many differences so I’ve just muddied the water!

Now, prepare yourself for a 1.25”, 120mm, -25 degree stem (it made sense when I bought it, I’m certain of that):
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:16 am 
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Similar bar clamp area and very short quill. The step in the quill diameter at the top is the main difference (aside from around 45 degrees difference in the rises :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:48 am 
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What does all the text near max say, any date code, logo etc.

The quill tube and cap look a standard style.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:47 pm 
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Could it be Santana? American brand that made tandems in the early 90s, I remember a few 1-1/4 quill stems appearing on eBay that were similar.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:39 pm 
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I'll try and read any text from the quill when I get home at the weekend. In the meantime here's another for you. A Ti post of unknown origin.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:55 pm 
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I already like the idea of the thread Adrian. Put some glue on it!


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