Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Stuck OPI Stem?

  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    408

    Stuck OPI Stem?

    Sorry if this is a daft question but is there an easy way of getting the OPI stem out? I'm trying to remove the lefty from the frame on my new Flash 29er 3 carbon (arrived this afternoon!) and the stem seems to be stuck somehow...

    I followed the instructions on P12/13 of the 2011 owners manual in reverse (installation steps) - I've unscrewed the steerer, then removed it. Then I loosened the upper and lower clamp bolts. The OPI stem will rotate a little inside the bolts / bearings but will not pull out. I gave it a few whacks with a rubber mallet but that started to move the top bearing out of the frame and I didn't want to damage the frame bearing cups. Do these stems normally need a bit of welly to shift? or have I missed something out?

    Many thanks for any advice.

    (bike is lovely btw!)

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    13
    I use the kt020 Ernie tool to knock the stem out from the bottom. The tool is hard plastic and won't damage the bottom of the stem. You could tap the underside of the stem but the force would be at an angle and may damage the bearings. You could probably borrow one at a local cannondale dealer or use a fat wooden dowel that fits inside the steerer.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    408
    audibmi: that worked a treat - I used the wooden handle of a mallet in there and it knocked it out nice and straight (hitting the head of the mallet with another mallet!) thanks!

Similar Threads

  1. Klein MC2 stem stuck
    By mammalian in forum Vintage, Retro, Classic
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 10-27-2008, 07:44 PM
  2. Replies: 6
    Last Post: 07-29-2008, 08:39 AM
  3. stem stuck in steerer tube - ideas for removing
    By hu-man in forum Singlespeed
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-07-2008, 02:46 AM
  4. Replies: 16
    Last Post: 02-08-2008, 06:38 PM
  5. Bar sweep: short stem pushed forward or longer stem pulled back?
    By newyorker in forum Downhill - Freeride
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 11-02-2005, 09:18 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •