I bought a awesome looking Ritchey WCS wet white stem that fits my bike great and weighs practically nothing (110 grams).
However, this seems to be a ROAD bike stem, not a MTN Bike stem.
Please correct me if I am wrong.
Yes it's very stiff and feels solid as a rock!
But, it's very thin and looks out of place next to the other hardware on my bike.
It looks like it should be on a road bike, I am not sure I'd want to take a big hit on it.
I think I will just break down and get a Thompson x4.
They are awesome on my friends bikes.
Look on the Richey web site ,you should be able to tell what it is there.
The Ritchey website show's a model in the MTB section jsut like mine.
I saw that before I bought it too.
But in person, the stem is exceptionally small.
The stem is barely 1" in diameter and the clamp is also very thin and feels stretched just to fit on a 31. bar.
The handlebar is a larger diameter than the stem, how is this a MTB part? (shaking head)
Ritchey say's it's ultra strong. But every time I lean on it I cringe, it's so small.
I can't bring myself to land a jump on it, it's got to go.
Ask them if they accept returns/refunds if not try craigslist.
Originally Posted by Trail_Blazer
I am seriously thinking of going with the conservatively priced Truvativ AKA Stem.
I had one before and it was like a girder but not too heavy 170g, as a bonus it's like $50 and comes in my favorite color white.
It's fine. If you're that worried, write Ritchey and ask what they recommend.
You wanted a light component. You paid for a light component. They make them lighter by using a stronger material, but less of it.
"Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx
Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
This. That stem is made for gram counters and xc racers. that doesnt mean it's not strong though.
You are right it's not flexy at all.
But the size of the neck and the thinness of the clamp keep me from taking even a tame jump.
It may be strong enough but I don't want to risk it failing with me on the bike.
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Even stems that are for mountain bikes, aren't intended for certain uses. I wouldn't use some XC stems on an AM ride. I've had a Syncros XC stem that even when tightened onto the steerer tube, you can see it bending. Thats not to say I won't use it on my hard tail where I do mainly XC rides with. It works, but you wouldn't see me on an AM ride with it any time soon.
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