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    Stems!!!!!

    Looking at a Truvativ Stylo for an upgrade....what have you upgraded to?

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    Those are the other 2 i'm looking at

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    I have a Ritchey WCS 4-axis that is nice and light. Not too expensive either.

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    Answer AM Rove. Stiffer than the Thomson.

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    Thomson here too, it does a great job of holding my handlebar to the rest of my bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocean View Post
    Looking at a Truvativ Stylo for an upgrade....what have you upgraded to?
    As long as it is a half decent 4-bolt face plate design, I have noticed little difference between stems other than weight. I went from a Thomson to a $14 Nashbar stem (wanted to try a different length) and I could not tell a bit of difference.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapusta View Post
    As long as it is a half decent 4-bolt face plate design, I have noticed little difference between stems other than weight. I went from a Thomson to a $14 Nashbar stem (wanted to try a different length) and I could not tell a bit of difference.
    yup. I agree, got a Easton EA 70 over a Thompson as it was like 1/2 the price and actually lighter
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    Thomson! You can go cheap on stems, but Thomson makes wonderful stems in the USA!

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    + 1 on the Thomson x4. Have them on three bikes. Always buy used for relatively short money
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrDon View Post
    Answer AM Rove. Stiffer than the Thomson.
    Bold statement. Do you have actual proof or is this just your personal opinion? Thomson has video proof on their site as to how strong and stiff their stems are, so I would be most anxious to see any proof regarding the Answer stem.

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    ritchey wcs c260 stem.

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    Ritchey WCS Axis in Wet Black

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    I've been having different stems (Both heavy & light ones) and none of them make any difference. The only thing important is their length. Currently on KCNC Flyride. Cheap & light.

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    Nothing says 29er Components like 'STEMS!!!!!'
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Ritchey WCS 4-axis.

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    Thomson X4, but make sure it's 29er compatible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    nothing says 29er components like 'stems!!!!!'
    bad@ss!

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    +1 on the made in the USA comment.

    The reason why all my bikes wear Chris King and Thomson components.

    edit: that's not a jab towards anyone and I'm not against global commerce, I just support when and where I can afford too and especially if the quality is equal or above other components in the same class.
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    But the best part about Thomson bits is I rarely lose more than $5 selling them used online on here, ebay or Pinkbike. It's the only bike part brand that truly holds its value over time.
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    Bada$$ Bonty carbon xXx

    Picked up this bad boy on eBay for my FleaBay 29er project - I think it might just be my favourite bit
    I don't think they make the CF one for mountain bikes anymore - I wonder why not...
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    This thread !!!!!!! on stems!!!!!!! cured my insomnia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Ibis stem
    As light as anything, as strong as anything, and a great price. I would assume U.S. made.

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    Cannondale Integrated

    Very clean, like the latest time-trial bikes. Would not want to change my mind about the length or rise though.

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    The Answer -ONE stem is a work of art.


    The ODI flight control direct mount is a close second.


    The Receface Atlas DM was a big disappointment.


    Of course if you are not running a Dorado 29er fork, well, sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    Thomson X4, but make sure it's 29er compatible.
    And how would a guy know this? I'm looking at X4 stems for my Scale 29er. Any certain Thomson stems that aren't 29er compatible?

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    here x4 also and straitline dm on my dh rig

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    I still can't fathom why this thread exists here ... or more importantly why the 29er BS forums exist - it's a fukkin stem.

    *NOTE* No hate on 29ers - but it's just a MTB - nuthin special about a wheel being ~3" bigger in diameter.

    I propose a riser-bar forum .
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by spencerfrater1 View Post
    I don't think they make the CF one for mountain bikes anymore - I wonder why not...
    Because it's heavier than many aluminum stems?

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    Could some comment on the Easton EC90 SL?


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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post

    I propose a riser-bar forum .
    But only with a flat-bar subforum.

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    Thomson X4, but make sure it's 29er compatible.
    Quote Originally Posted by Once Bitten View Post
    And how would a guy know this? I'm looking at X4 stems for my Scale 29er. Any certain Thomson stems that aren't 29er compatible?
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    he's super cereal you guys
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Once Bitten View Post
    And how would a guy know this? I'm looking at X4 stems for my Scale 29er. Any certain Thomson stems that aren't 29er compatible?

    it is stamped on the stem shaft but very hard to see.

    use good reading glasses or some type of magnifier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2002maniac View Post
    Because it's heavier than many aluminum stems?
    But it looks sooo cool

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    Easton EA90 is what my bike sports. I like the wide front clamp for carbon bars and while I love stupid light its not and plenty strong enough for whatever myself or the trail throws at it. With titanium bolts its a 130 grams.
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    KCNC Fly Ride stems, the stronger Alu version of their Scandium wing. Only weigh 15-20g more and 1/3 of the price of the SC Wing or Thomson.

    For example the 90mm weighs in at 120g. I dont buy anything else now.
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    Went thomson and will never go back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    I still can't fathom why this thread exists here ... or more importantly why the 29er BS forums exist - it's a fukkin stem.
    Because otherwise the board would be nothing but wheels, tires, and forks (maybe a gearing question). Oh, wait, that's exactly what it should be
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bt View Post
    it is stamped on the stem shaft but very hard to see.

    use good reading glasses or some type of magnifier.
    I found it. Thanks! Unfortunately I have a 26in model . Anyone want to take it off my hands?? No way I'm putting this on my 29er...

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    Ritchey WCS 4 axis...only 100gr with titanium bolts...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kapusta View Post
    As long as it is a half decent 4-bolt face plate design, I have noticed little difference between stems other than weight. I went from a Thomson to a $14 Nashbar stem (wanted to try a different length) and I could not tell a bit of difference.
    High priced stems have got to be the most over-engineered piece of mtb equipment. I have a few super cheap stems that work perfectly. That said, I still love the Thompson 4X.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perfect gentleman View Post
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    Another bump for Loaded - cool colors, super light and the chicks dig it!

    29 compatible version of course!

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    To me, if not Thomson than any F99 knock-off. They sell the ones like that on Jenson and Universal for real cheap.
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    Bringing this thread back....Recently got fitted to my bike and the tech said that my stem is a bit too long (100mm) and recommends either 80-90mm to give a slight bend in my arms.

    I'm looking at either the Thompson X4 or FSA SL-K. Other than price, is there much difference between the two (durability, fit/finish, etc)? I currently have a CB Iodine 2 stem with CB Colbalt 11 bars.

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    Thomson, Bonty XXX Lite, ENVE (coming soon to a Ti SS near me)
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    Time to stop believing the hype and start doing some science.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Once Bitten View Post
    And how would a guy know this? I'm looking at X4 stems for my Scale 29er. Any certain Thomson stems that aren't 29er compatible?
    lol I think you got bit.
    Quote Originally Posted by pvd
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    Love the database...

    Here is my stem, and I think this is the best Thread ever!



    Quote Originally Posted by meltingfeather View Post
    lol I think you got bit.
    Loving the tire data base. You can add a WTB Stout OE @ 962g.


    Stems are stems that are made from stems of stems, or stem's stems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by herencia View Post
    Ritchey WCS 4 axis...only 100gr with titanium bolts...
    Ritchey WCS is the sh!t.

    Maybe I'll do that instead of ENVE.

    Love the compact cranks on my commuter/tourer:
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    I have been on 3t stems lately. I have 3. The arx pro is cheap and black and white. The arx team is more expensive with Ti bolts. Its black and red. 130/120grams and work just fine.

    The WCS clamps dont look stable enough for my liking. Whats the point of the giant faceplate and 2 bolts right next to each other on the top and bottom? Pretty sure its looks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    Whats the point of the giant faceplate and 2 bolts right next to each other on the top and bottom? Pretty sure its looks.
    I had the same thought, though I'm a sucker for WCS.
    Pretty sure it looks what?
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    You can get Easton Haven stuff for half price right now....stems are $49.
    The more you ride it, the lighter it gets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meltingfeather View Post
    I had the same thought, though I'm a sucker for WCS.
    Pretty sure it looks what?
    Pretty sure the clamp is designed that way for aesthetics only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    Pretty sure the clamp is designed that way for aesthetics only.
    on what basis?

    the aesthetic of the clamp is the overall weak point, IMO.

    "aesthetic" and "clamp" shouldn't really be associated.
    Quote Originally Posted by pvd
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    I hate stems! - it's careless trimming/manicuring - no excuse
    a stem or 2, OK
    but a the whole order?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Hi there,

    I currently have the kcnc sc wing stem but i think it is too much light for what i do with it.
    I have a 100mm hardtail but we often ride some xc agressive trails and i like to shred it, and adding the fact that i'm overweight i need a strong, reliable, durable stem.

    The smartest choise will be a syntace but i really dont know if i can like that stem. Is kind of ugly.
    Can someone tell me an alternative for it? Is the ritchey wcs c260 strong as the syntace?

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    I'm also in the stem market. I'm looking to go Ti, unless anyone can say that is not a good idea (besides price). Only XC, fire road + occassional DH STrack.

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    Just purchased Syncros AM stem for $11.99 from CycleSport. This may not be the best in quality but it is certainly an inexpensive way to try various lengths or jump up to 31.8 standard.

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    Syntace F109 Very stiff, light and reasonably priced.

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    RaceFace Deus has been my favorite lately, but mostly because it's nice and shiny.

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    I'm a pretty big guy (in girth), and I've only ever had one cheapo stem develop a tiny crack. I've never really noticed any flex.

    I just picked up a Thomson stem at a swap meet for super cheap. But really, I'm not super motivated to install it. I don't really like the disc/clamp arrangement of the older stem, it has a super tall stack height (that I don't think actually adds anything) and it's super heavy compared to the other stems out there. I know a guy who cracked two of them, and he rides XC. On the plus side, it is made in the USA.

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