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    Stems: Is anything beating the Sunline v1 All Mountain?

    Looking to lighten my stem and have my eye on the Sunline V1 AM 50mm. It seems other than Thompson, nobody else is making a stem in the same weight/strength ballpark. Am I missing some hidden gems? Any other suggestions in 50mm? What are you riding?

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    Easton Havoc is what I have, there are plenty others out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miles of pain View Post
    Looking to lighten my stem and have my eye on the Sunline V1 AM 50mm. It seems other than Thompson, nobody else is making a stem in the same weight/strength ballpark. Am I missing some hidden gems? Any other suggestions in 50mm? What are you riding?
    lots of 50mm options. also sunline bike is no more so grab whatever you may want of theirs before you can't anymore.

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    Renthal - Duo
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    3 more light strong stems for consideration.

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    Just picked up a Sunline 50mm off of hucknroll and the only regret is that I didn't get more of them while they were available. I did order a 65mm that's on it's way so I'll have to make due with that. Great stem at a great price.

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    For the price it is hard to beat. I have 2 V1s and they work good. Only other one i want is the Renthal Duo 50mm @ 137g

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    I had a Sunline AM for a couple year. Boy are those things flexy. Especially when running 780mm bars. Using a Renthal split stem and it is heaps stiffer.

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    I have a PRO 50mm stem I really like. It is really light and plenty stiff. I found my V1 DH stem to need a lot of torque to keep things in place, which put a lot of strain on the bolts ( replaced my steer tube bolts with steel ones).

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    Thomson all the way !
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    My Sunline 50mm would never stay tight, I run a Thomson now with no probs.

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    I'm digging the point one by split second racing with its stealth bomber style.

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    ^i'm running that stem and love love love it- don't like having to cut the steere tube to mount it but love the rest-

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    Renthal Duo is my fav

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    Loaded USA has a 45mm at 211g for $70msrp

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    echo the Renthal Duo props. moto good.

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    Yeah I am ditching my 65mm V1AM for a Renthal Duo soon...can't wait to give it a go.

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    Re the Renthal Duo.

    It is a bit fideley due to the bolts on the underside.
    Just get out the torque-wrench and follow the instructions.

    So far with one season on it, I love it, both the 50 and 70mm Point1s's are sitting in the toolbox all jealous like...

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    I like Thomson stems. I use them and never lose value when you flip them used on eBay.
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    i don't really like my sunline stems. i find they are impossible to tighten and keep tight. i've already stripped two sets of bolts.
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    No actual experience but their pedals appear to be getting great reviews. Bling options and different sizes available for 1 1/8 and 1.5..

    On my short list .

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    I recently picked up a Sunline V1 off Hucknroll for under 30 bucks. Be aware that the bolts come ungreased. This replaced a PRO which had quite a bit of torsional flex, and a Easton Vice that was a boat anchor.
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    for anyone picking up the sunline. grease the bolts and use a torque wrench. mine never moved or had any issues for almost 2 years once it was installed correctly. i've heard of and seen them slip as well as getting stripped and broken bolts from improper torquing.

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    Had to replace my Thomson with one as I had too short steerer tube and it had lower stack height. Don't really notice any difference in practice so I guess you could say it works well.

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    I have just ordered Easton Havoc 65mm, orange. See how it goes. Been using Syntace Superforce
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    Quote Originally Posted by mykel View Post
    , both the 50 and 70mm Point1s's are sitting in the toolbox all jealous like...

    michael
    well send me a PM if you feel like selling the 50mm

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    I have a few rides on the Straitline SSC 50mm. Seems a little over-built (which is what I wanted), although there is an all-mountain version coming out.

    I am using this stem because I broke the face plate of the Race Face Turbine which doesn't seem strong enough for AM riding.

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    I think I'm going to go with the 55mm easton haven, sub 140g (!). Easton claims the best stiffness to weight ratio of any stem they've ever made. Anyone ridden one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miles of pain View Post
    I think I'm going to go with the 55mm easton haven, sub 140g (!). Easton claims the best stiffness to weight ratio of any stem they've ever made. Anyone ridden one?
    i just replaced my 65mm sunline am with this stem. i've only got one ride on it but it felt stiff and solid and didn't move. i'm running an easton havoc carbon bar with it. installation is easy (duh) and like all easton parts i've owned the fit and finish is pretty much perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronabrandt View Post
    Easton Havoc is what I have, there are plenty others out there.

    I have a 65mm in ano orange, it's pure seeeeex! CNC work on this stem is a piece of art in itself. I just wished they offered a gunmetal ano grey :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by miles of pain View Post
    I think I'm going to go with the 55mm easton haven, sub 140g (!). Easton claims the best stiffness to weight ratio of any stem they've ever made. Anyone ridden one?
    I have a season of riding on one, replacing an FSA 60mm. I even replaced the bolts with aircraft grade Ti hardware. Running an SIXC carbon bar, on a 2010 Giant Reign X. Zero issues, great set-up. I really like the faceplate set-up where you torque the top together, then the bottom bolts are brought up to torque, for greater "contact" around the bar.

    I also have a Sunline V1 AM 50mm on another bike, excellent stem as well.

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    This is my favorite

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    EDIT: link doesn't take you to the stem, but my favorite is the twenty6 F1.2
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    Syntace Megaforce 2 (strong and stupid light)
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    I decide to give a 65mm V1 a try after reading several reviews. Most people seem to be happy with them but I did see quite a bit about it slipping. I was going to replace the bolts with something better (Thomson?) and make sure it is installed and torqued properly before I give it a real test.

    My question for anyone who had one slip, was it just the steer clamp that slipped or bars too? Should the stock bolts be replaced with steel bolts for best results? Slightly longer maybe?

    Would appreciate any comment from anyone who has replaced the bolts with success.

    Thanks.

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    I ran my V1 AM for a year or two and never ever had an issue with them slipping...not while crashing or anything, a great stem...I just swapped out for a 50mm Renthal Duo though and love it. Check out my blog for a review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trojans1993 View Post

    My question for anyone who had one slip, was it just the steer clamp that slipped or bars too? Should the stock bolts be replaced with steel bolts for best results? Slightly longer maybe?

    Would appreciate any comment from anyone who has replaced the bolts with success.

    Thanks.
    I replaced the steerer clamp bolts with just some normal steel ones of the same thread, albeit with a wider head, and bigger allen key. I had to mill the shoulder out a bit, but it works great.

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    I don't get this obsession with stems. Isn't it like a 20 way tie for best stem? Not exactly a difficult part to make. Some are prettier or lighter than others, but they all work. How do you even review a stem? Every one I've owned has managed to keep my bars attached to my bike. 5 flamin chilis for all of them I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdman829 View Post
    I don't get this obsession with stems. Isn't it like a 20 way tie for best stem? Not exactly a difficult part to make. Some are prettier or lighter than others, but they all work. How do you even review a stem? Every one I've owned has managed to keep my bars attached to my bike. 5 flamin chilis for all of them I suppose.
    Not every stem I have owned has managed to keep my bars attached to my bike. That one gets a single chili.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdman829 View Post
    I don't get this obsession with stems. Isn't it like a 20 way tie for best stem? Not exactly a difficult part to make. Some are prettier or lighter than others, but they all work. How do you even review a stem? Every one I've owned has managed to keep my bars attached to my bike. 5 flamin chilis for all of them I suppose.
    The three stems I tried last year all "worked". They attached the bar to the bike, but the Shimano Pro had so much torsional flex that it felt disconnected to the bike. The Easton stem I bought from a member here worked great but was an anchor. The V1 is perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TylerDCA View Post
    Not every stem I have owned has managed to keep my bars attached to my bike. That one gets a single chili.
    haha yeah I guess so. I haven't had any fail on me yet. I just meant that for the most part the deciding factor on a stem purchase is going to be cost, a few grams, or color options to match your build. Something like that, rather than the performance difference between an Easton, Thomson, Renthal, and Sunline V1 because there really isn't any.

    This place gets a bit tedious sometimes with the whole paralysis of analysis thing.

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    answer rove dj

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    I rock a Thomson and Havoc 50mm units.

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