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    Stems!!!

    Howdy MTBR!

    I just got a "new" bike (2009 gt sanction), and right away (of course), I noticed several components in need of replacing to make it 100%. Brakes, new coil, grips, and pedals are all either taken care of or soon to be ordered, but there remains one thing that I really am not quite sure where to go with; the stem! I know it's too short (40mm), and I will be going with a 60mm (maybe a 50mm) stem to replace it. So far, I'm looking at the Chromag Ranger, FSA Gravity Lite, Raceface Atlas, and possibly a Thomson X4 (Because it's more or less THE stem and ends up having to be any any list of stems according to my bike shop, even though no 60mm is available)

    Other than knowing the country of origin for the above products, and the colors they come in, I've no idea where to advance! Price difference isn't really an issue here, and I'm already riding a 36 pound bike, so I don't much care about 50 grams here or there! Thanks for your recommendations in advance!
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    You can't go wrong with any of the ones you mentioned. I honestly would look at what you want for length/color/aesthetic and just buy one. Unless you are concerned with shaving weight and are trying to get the strongest with least amount of material....most stems are equal in performance when properly installed.
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    One thing to consider apart from length is the angle as well. All those you mention are 0 degree I think.
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    I've got a 70mm Chromag Ranger. It's nice but was expensive. I bought that and a Dolomite post at the same time then used the Universal Cycles VIP code to get the combo down to Thomson's price point.
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    Big fan of my 50mm Easton Haven stem...

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    Truvativ AKA in 60mm, Holzfeller in 50 or 60mm
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    Stems!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by dejock View Post
    Big fan of my 50mm Easton Haven stem...
    I'm planning on a 55mm Haven stem. The Havoc is a bit more stout and offered in a 50mm. Both are quite light.

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    Thanks for the advice and suggestions! I settled on a purple Chromag Ranger! Going on the hunt for gold ano bars next! My bike shall be a pimp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtskibum16 View Post
    I'm planning on a 55mm Haven stem. The Havoc is a bit more stout and offered in a 50mm. Both are quite light.
    Any idea on weight? Just got a 50mm Holzfeller - came in at 189g. It's beefy but a lot of the burly AM 50mm stems seem to be around 200g... Had a 60mm Truvativ AKA that was 169 that I just replaced with the HF
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    I have a Chris King for my stem. I ride a Santa Cruz Superlight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiplash View Post
    I have a Chris King for my stem. I ride a Santa Cruz Superlight.
    Wow, didnt know Chris King was making stems, like to see a picture of it!

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    Check out my bike.

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    moot point now but if one isnt looking for bling its impossible to beat a truvativ stylo stem.

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    Thats a pretty plain stem. Nothing really fancy there.

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    Heyo,

    Before you go and make "upgrades," why not roll with the 40mm for a bit? I am 5'10" tall and ride a large GT Force with a 35mm and my brother who is 6'0" tall also rides a GT Force in large with a 40mm stem. I was worried that the short stem would hamper my climbing, but having a 46mm rise 760mm handlebar probably allowed my center of gravity to be where it should be.

    I can say that it made a HUGE difference in handling to the bike, it is much easier to manual for sure. Also keep in mind that your Sanction has a slightly longer top tube length than the Force too.

    Good luck,

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    I second keeping the 40mm stem on for a few test rides. I roll with a 45mm stem and wouldn't mind if it were a tad shorter. If your top tube is a little on the long side, definitely keep it nice and short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Pivot View Post

    Thats a pretty plain stem. Nothing really fancy there.
    exactley. like $30, light, stiff, and strong. what more do you need?

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    +3 on riding it for a little while...I'm using a 35mm with 800mm bar and love it.

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    I think I will give it a couple more rides then. Although, that will have to wait until my new brakes arrive. The Juicy 7's on there weren't that great. And the rear one is kinda...broken! Swanky straightline levers though!
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    I have a Kona jerk DH stem 50mm, I think I paid less then 40 bucks, it's fairly light and I have not had any issues riding hard with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Pivot View Post

    Thats a pretty plain stem. Nothing really fancy there.
    This - the nicer Stylo and AKA lines are great. Light, stiff, strong, cheap. Plain looking graphics, but who cares? Was using one of the newer Race Face Turbine 70mm stems for a bit, and it's nice, but... It was also noticeably flexy - am back on the AKA that the Turbine had replaced. Paired with a SixC DH bar, it's a nice feeling combo.
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    Stems!!!

    Truvativ Holzfeller 50mm

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    Thomson is the only stem worth the money

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    I love my AKA 60mm, light, pretty bomber, cheap, and stealth.

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    + 4 for short stems.
    I've got a 35mm Kore Repute on my Yeti ASR 5C.
    I can't say enough how it improves stability, handling and confidence.

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