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    stem, what kind?

    ok I have a 03 dakar xlt and want to put a shorter stem on. right now it is 110mm and I would like to go with a 90mm. It seems that most stems are xc or dh/fr, I want something that will handle some abuse and I don't realy care about weight. what stems are you guys useing and why?

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    Thomson...is there really any other logical choice?


    Well...maybe a Hope
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSINGA
    Thomson...is there really any other logical choice?
    Lol! I have a Thomson X4 (oversize) and it's great. But I think you should also look at Race Face, Easton, Ritchey.

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    Seriously

    You can find a decent stem for around $50. If you go to bluesky.com, then you can pick up a Thomson in any size for $65. You have to ask yourself if you want to drive a Hyundai or a Ferrari. When the price difference is only $15, then the choice should be obvious.

    I've had my Thomson on two bikes. It's a regular old Elite, not oversized or anything fancy. I've pounded the crap out of it, and it still looks brand new. When it comes time to buy another stem (only because I want a different length or rise), then the only stem I'm going to even look at is Thomson.

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    Old Easton EA70

    I replaced my 110mm stem with a 90mm hinged Easton EA70. This stem is pretty burly and I definitely prefer the length. And it cost a lot less than a Thomson.

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    THOMSON! period..... I have a 100mm on my XLT 2...Great sexy looking piece of aluminum....
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    I actually just bought a sette stumpy at like 90mm and love it. it is pretty heavy, but burly as it gets with sette

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    Race Face loves a beating.

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    stem

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    They got your size and the price is right.Gor for it.I think you'll see some improved handling going down the trail.Let us know.

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    Just grab a Thomson stem then cause its light and stiff. But at 90mm length most stems are going to be stiff enough anyways unless you are looking at some weight weenie or carbon stem.
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    I think a Thomson stem fills the gap between XC and FR/DH like no other.

    I had a flexy 04 forged Easton EA50 and was a little concerned, I have since ponied up for a Thomson and have forgotten about any worries and flex. I would not have paid the $$$ for a Thomson but nothing else fits it's nitch.

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    Thomson there really IS no other. You'll wish you had...trust me.

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    If you're looking there and depending on the colour you want they have HOPE stems for $50 http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...tain+Stem.aspx

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    so which thomson stem is the best the elite or the elite 4x?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hizzity
    so which thomson stem is the best the elite or the elite 4x?

    The Elit's standared and the 4x's oversized. So wich ever you prefer...

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    I have the Elite and see no need for going with the 4X. If you are looking to save weight the 4X might be for you, but I think that the elite will do you just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hizzity
    so which thomson stem is the best the elite or the elite 4x?
    It depends on which handlebar you have. The Elite is for the standard bars, and the 4X is for the oversized ones.

    The Silver just loooks amazing, but that's my preferences. Black ones are ALMOST as fast

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    has anyone here ever broken a stem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan0
    has anyone here ever broken a stem?

    Stems do break, I once met a guy with an Azonic DH stem on a Treck Fuel. I was like that's an odd choice, and he told me the last one he had broke, and he knocked out all the teeth in the front of his mouth and broke his nose. Good reason to switch to the DH stem.

    I've never heard of a Thomson breaking. A guy I ride with had his bike fall off his rack going down the highway, wich was than run over by an 18wheeler. The "ONLY" thing that survived was his Thomson wth 1 scratch. He won't use it, or give it to anyone to use for obvious reasons, but looking at it I'de use it. I mean 1 scratch, the rest still not even a scuff.

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    ok I ordered a thomson Elite along with some other goodies I have been wanting to get from Jenson usa.

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    Well I prefer the normal Elite for 25.4mm HBs 'cause it has the hidden bolt and nothing really to whack your knee etc on if you come into contact wwith them stem. Unfortunately I "knicked" a 31.4mm stem & HB off a guy and really I guess like the look of the 31.4 (looks more sturdy to me) so I'm going that way from now on.

    Quote Originally Posted by hizzity
    so which thomson stem is the best the elite or the elite 4x?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackagness
    Stems do break, I once met a guy with an Azonic DH stem on a Treck Fuel. I was like that's an odd choice, and he told me the last one he had broke, and he knocked out all the teeth in the front of his mouth and broke his nose. Good reason to switch to the DH stem.

    I've never heard of a Thomson breaking. A guy I ride with had his bike fall off his rack going down the highway, wich was than run over by an 18wheeler. The "ONLY" thing that survived was his Thomson wth 1 scratch. He won't use it, or give it to anyone to use for obvious reasons, but looking at it I'de use it. I mean 1 scratch, the rest still not even a scuff.
    so , 1 guy told you he broke one? but did he tell you what brand and how it broke?
    I've never heard of anyone breaking one (at leats not a name brand)

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