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    Which stem to get?

    I want to change the stem out on my 29er. It's a little too blocky for my taste, and I think I can save some weight here. I like the 90mm, 10 degree specs so I want to stay with the same length and angle. I've narrowed it down to an Easton EA90 or Thomson x4. The Easton is a little lighter which is my goal, but I kind of like the looks of the Thomson better. What do you think?

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    thomson

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    You have stated that weight is a goal. But aesthetics are clearly important too. Which do you want more? Get that one. They are both good stems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shalom View Post
    You have stated that weight is a goal. But aesthetics are clearly important too. Which do you want more? Get that one. They are both good stems.
    I would say weight first, looks second, and you can throw price in there to a degree. I probably would've went with the Thomson without much thought; while looking on Amazon the Easton was around $95 and the Thomson $85 I think. But on eBay I was able to find the Easton for $60 new. Comparing that price to the normal average price of the Easton around the net makes it almost hard to pass up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bt View Post
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    yes sir

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    Thomson.

    They are the bestest.
    Get it unlocked.

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    I'm shopping for stems as well. Looking at the Thomson, Point One, Ritchey WCS, and Specialized. There doesn't seem to be a weight savings with a carbon stem and not sure what if any advantage they offer. The Thomson seems tried and true and a safe, lightweight, strong choice; Specialized makes a good adjustable-angle stem.

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    I just ordered a Ritchey WCS C-260 stem. I hope I like it.

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    Syntace F109

    what about Syntace F109's - whats the thoughts on those?

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    I have rode a pair of 90mm thomson stems for a couple of years on two different bikes and recently went to a pair of 75mm Syntace F109 stems. Thomson stems are very well made and pretty to look at but you pay for it with extra weight.
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    Hope

    I like Hopes clamp to the steertube better than Thomson. Can get Hope in blingy colors as well. Best I can recall. Lighter than Thomson also. About the same price as well.

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    any stem will work but the thomson is a keeper.

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    Besides weight, look, colour, what else defines how a stem is better than the other?

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    103g $30 7degree. I'm using and recommend the 80mm.
    New UNO Ultralight MTB ROAD 31.8 x 90mm Stem ,103g, Black | eBay

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    KCNC FLYRIDE, the alu version of the SC Wing, much stronger at a slight weight penalty.

    These have been the last 5 stems i have bought, approx 25 or $40.

    50mm 94g,
    60mm 98g,
    70mm 103g,
    80mm 113g,
    90mm 119g,
    100mm 123g,
    110mm 127g,
    120mm 132g,
    130mm 139g
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    I just ordered a Ritchey WCS C-260 stem. I hope I like it.
    You will!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazukea View Post
    I just ordered a Ritchey WCS C-260 stem. I hope I like it.
    I have the same in 70mm white 31.8 and it is great.
    It was not easy to install the handle bar into it but it worked with some man handling.

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    I have a Race Face Turbine that has performed well. It is about the same weight as the Easton and looks much better IMHO.
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    Point One?

    Anyone using a Point One Racing stem? They are super light and look sweet. I don't have one, but only because I need a stem with a rise (and they come in 0 degrees only).

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    I also think the flight control is wicked looking!
    I nearly went with one on my bike, but the style and shape would be out of place on my frame.



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    Ultimately I went with the 2012 White Ritchey like the OP did since it matches my white bike so well:




    However, I like the logos on the 2011 model better, but I couldn't find a 70mm 2011 to buy anywhere.

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    if u wanna be a baller...
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    Sexy

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