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    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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    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.

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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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    I just installed a Thomson 50mm x4..................liking the way it handles.

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    I have the Thomson elite X4 stem. 50mm I believe. I coupled that with a wider bar when I swapped that out. I love it. I used to get creaking out of the oem stem, not with the Thomson. Solid as an ox and looks classy.

    When I was researching things like a stem and new seatpost I never heard a single bad thing from Thomson. Simply put, they make a great product. So, all my parts that can be Thomson, are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LCW View Post
    Truvativ AKA in 60mm
    This stem came on my 13" Transition Covert. On my first wreck(front tire washout) the bars got turned a little and when I went to straighten them out, the lower clamping bolt on the stem had stripped out the threads in the stem completely. I still need to see if the lbs can warranty it for me.

    I went with a 50mm Deity Cavity. Ive had multiple wrecks and no problems.

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    I'm looking for a new stem for RF SIXC 785mm handlebar and aggressive AM/enduro riding

    RF Turbine? (too light?) RF Atlas, RF Evolve (too cheap? )
    Thomson 4x 50mm - ugly, don't even think about it
    Syntace Megaforce2 - very nice, most expensive
    Easton Haven 55mm ?

    what do you think ? some other options?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk77 View Post
    This stem came on my 13" Transition Covert. On my first wreck(front tire washout) the bars got turned a little and when I went to straighten them out, the lower clamping bolt on the stem had stripped out the threads in the stem completely. I still need to see if the lbs can warranty it for me.

    I went with a 50mm Deity Cavity. Ive had multiple wrecks and no problems.
    sounds more like that stem bolt was over torqued... whoever assembled your bike likely didn't use a torque wrench

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    I just ordered this to replace the factory stem on my 09 Cannondale Rize. The stock piece was LOOOONNNGGG and just made riding uncomfortable. I've delt with it all these years (bought the bike new) and finally decided to do something about it.

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    Thomson seems to be working on a 60mm stem according to their facebook page. Not sure on when it will be available but might be worth looking in to.

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