However, one thing that I am concerned about is the strength of the stem. Ever since I detected the broken clamp on the stem, I always worry that the stem might not be strong enough. Even with the replacement clamps from a PRO stem, the base body of the stem might not be strong enough.
Also, although there is no problem with the function of the stem and handlepost, it does not look too neat as there are so many bolts at the handlebar area.
Cateye Bar Fly and 1 from the handlebar extension mount.
If I can change the stem, I will be able to reduce the number of bolts around the handlebar area. Also, I can stop worrying about the strength of the stem, if I use a good, strong stem from a reputable brand. The difficulty is finding a good stem that converts a 25.4mm clamp to use with a 31.8mm handlebar.
Most stems that are available only extends the reach, but maintains the clamp size at 25.4mm. An example would be the popular LitePro stem.
There is also an alternative stem for 31.8mm handlebars, the Ridea stem. This also converts the 25.4mm handlepost clamp to use with a 31.8mm handlebar. However, this stem extends rather far forward through multiple joints, and thus will not be as rigid. It also takes up a lot of space on the handlebar which leaves very little room for accessories. Lastly, there are even more bolts and holes on the stem which will look even less neat.
Ridea stem. Gets the job done, but is not an elegant design.
Controltech 25.4/31.8mm aluminium stem. It also comes in a carbon version, but it is more expensive and also heavier...
Aluminium Controltech 25.4/31.8mm stem, with a weight of 96 grams.
Recommended max tightening torque on both sides are set at 8 N.m Best to use a torque wrench to get the correct torque.
2 separate clamp bolts for the 31.8mm and 25.4mm section. Looks very strong with plenty of material around the clamp bolt areas.
smaller than the distance for my other stems.
A very short centre to centre distance. Main function is not really to adjust the reach, but to convert 25.4mm clamp to 31.8mm clamp.
Comes in a pair for use with handlebars. Works exactly like a LitePro stem.
The first piece of this new project is in place! Stay tuned to see how this project progresses, and how I plan to install this new Controltech stem onto the Dahon Boardwalk.