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    How to tell a stem and its intended use?

    So with stems, how do you tell if you can use it for Mountain biking.

    Like this for example:
    BlueSkyCycling.com - Kalloy Uno AS-007 Stem

    Ive seen some road stem. So i'm assuming thats for road bikes. This one having an oversized handlebar area, is that safe to assume its for mountain bikes?

    Also how does the weight compare to other stems?

    Im new to all this.

    Thanks in advance!

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    There is this one also. Being it says XC then I think Im good with this one being a yes for MB.
    BlueSkyCycling.com - Race Face Evolve XC Stem

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    As far as I can tell, a stem is a stem, provided it fits your steerer and bars. I'm sure some of them are built differently (stronger for mountain biking), but I've swapped my Bontrager stems between bikes when I was playing with cockpit sizing, no problems.

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    Some executive from FSA says in a recent issue of MBA that if a stem is "certified" as a road stem it's more than adequate for mountain use because stems see much higher loads on road bikes. Kinda makes sense, considering how hard I lean on my bars while I'm bonking on my road bike sometimes.

    I'm good as long as the bar clamp has 4 bolts and the steerer clamp has 2. Don't feel comfy with the ones that only have 2 bolts for the bars or one for the steerer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli View Post
    Some executive from FSA says in a recent issue of MBA that if a stem is "certified" as a road stem it's more than adequate for mountain use because stems see much higher loads on road bikes. Kinda makes sense, considering how hard I lean on my bars while I'm bonking on my road bike sometimes.

    I'm good as long as the bar clamp has 4 bolts and the steerer clamp has 2. Don't feel comfy with the ones that only have 2 bolts for the bars or one for the steerer.
    Hmm interesting. thanks for your input.

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