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    headsets & stems

    is there a big difference in upgrading headsets and stems? benefits?

    thanks in advance

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    Headsets-going to a good cartridge bearing unit can save a little weight and make it a set and forget item. Spending a lot of money beyond that is mostly a "Bling" expense.

    Stems-there is very little performance gain from a $20 to a $100 stem, some weight loss and/or strength gain. Again most of the high cost is bling factor.

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    No and Maybe....

    Quote Originally Posted by doc Dee View Post
    is there a big difference in upgrading headsets and stems? benefits?

    thanks in advance

    A headset is basically a set of ball bearings that allow you to turn your handle bars. Unless your headset bearings are shot, you're not going to see much difference between one headset and another as an arbitrary upgrade.

    Stems: Depending on the type of stem and how you ride, you may see an improvement in comfort, flexing and the general fit of the bike. It really depends on you and whether you're having problems.

    If you're asking based on upgrading in general, I'd look at upgrading almost everything else before upgrading the headset. I'd upgrade the seat post and bars before the stem, unless there was a specific problem I was trying to solve.
    JPark - 3.5- don't listen to dremer

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