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    stem headset question

    I have an old mtb frame with a quill stem and a shot fork. I have a nicer stem and a healthy fork which will replace the old stuff with. The nicer stem is not a quill stem, its that other kind....you know what I'm talking about--where the steer tube sticks out of the frame and the stem attaches to the steer tube. So will I have to change the headset?

    just fyi-going from a manitou 3 to a rockshox quadra 21r. it's 2006 and i'm putting a spring in my fork! (i guess i'm a little behind on the times )

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    You may have more than one problem here....

    MOST quill type stems and headsets use a 1" diameter steerer tube for the fork. So, unless your new fork has a 1" steerer tube it ain't gonna work!

    In answer to your original question. Yes you'll need a new head set. Your current headset is "threaded". You'll need to go to a "Threadless" headset of the correct diameter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squash
    MOST quill type stems and headsets use a 1" diameter steerer tube for the fork. So, unless your new fork has a 1" steerer tube it ain't gonna work!
    I completely disagree. 1 1/8" threaded steerer tubes and quill stems were very common throughout the '90s.

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    its 1 1/8 and so is the Q21R. thanks for the reply! anyone got a threadless 1994 Deore XT headset? ....i guess i will just have to take away the bike's purity with a different headset. up until now it was full 1994 XT.

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