Titan stems and bars
Posted: Tuesday 16th June 2020
Sylvere Maes-Kint bars and Titan stems were advertised for sale pre-WW2 and sold until the early 80s. The earliest examples I have heard of had ‘TYPE’ in caps over ‘Maes’ in upper and lower case script on the left and ‘GB’ in upper case script over ‘ENGLAND’ in small caps on the right. The first (pre-war?) stems had two locating pins underneath to stop the ferrule rotating on the bars. Many of the Titan stems are date-stamped on the underside. Some have aluminium bolts for the expander and bar clamps.
Titan also produced an ‘underslung’ Titan track stem and track bend bar. From mid 50’s the name Van Steenbergen was added to A. Schotte and S. Kint.
I believe there are other combinations of the wording on these bars. It would make a good subject for someone to research as a table could be formed which would help to identify the age if the bars do not have the date stamp. The riders names were incorporated the year after they won a World Championship.