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    OPI stem vs the XC3 (older)

    I've upgraded my lefty and need one of these. It looks like I can get either one in my size.

    Any Stiffness feel difference?

    Weight difference?

    Install ease between the two?

    Or any other notable differences?
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    weight difference is around 30 g, newer wins.

    installing is easy with Ernie tool as previous stem

    creacking issues with poor grease lubrification

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    Quote Originally Posted by eliflap View Post
    weight difference is around 30 g, newer wins.

    installing is easy with Ernie tool as previous stem

    creacking issues with poor grease lubrification
    Do I have to have that Ernie tool or will my D cell MagLite still do?
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    MagLite can do the job :-)

    installing OPI , MagLite must do only a guide from top to bottom

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziscwg View Post
    I've upgraded my lefty and need one of these. It looks like I can get either one in my size.

    Any Stiffness feel difference?

    Weight difference?

    Install ease between the two?

    Or any other notable differences?
    I've got a XC3 Stem-steerer for sale if you're interested.
    System Integration
    100mm,
    +5 Deg. Angle.
    31.8 Clamp
    $40.

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    I started with the XC3, switched to the newer stem. However, then, I discovered the Cannondale Headwrench tool, which eliminated one more thing for me to carry in my pocket! I switched back to the XC, and, have never forgotten my multi-tool again :-). I like it simply for that reason!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 58teeth View Post
    I started with the XC3, switched to the newer stem. However, then, I discovered the Cannondale Headwrench tool, which eliminated one more thing for me to carry in my pocket! I switched back to the XC, and, have never forgotten my multi-tool again :-). I like it simply for that reason!
    Agreed 100%. All my cannondales have the XC3.

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    I put the headshok steerer and stem on mine, strong as an ox and no creaks whatso ever, great place to store the tire tube as well. Changing stems is like on any other mtn bike with a non lefty fork.

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    I went with the OPI stem. So, we'll see how things go.
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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