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    Best short stem brand for 35mm bars?

    Seriously, you leave a sport for 10 years and all kinds of stuff changes.

    Long story short, bought a carbon bar used on EBay. Box One 760mm carbon bar, crazy light and nice and long which I was looking for.... “Back in the day” Thomson was the only stem you really should ever purchase. It was the reference by which other stems were measured.

    Fast forward to today when I try to install this Box One bar onto my sweet Thomson 31.8mm clamp size stem... Uh what the heck the bar is bigger?

    I didn’t even pay attention to the clamp size on the box one bar when I bought it “assuming” 31.8 since that was what pretty much everything “new” was a decade ago.

    Moral of the story. I need a new stem recommendation. Preferably around 40mm, maybe a small degree rise. Who do I get: Race Face, Renthal, Thomson, Enve? Or should I resell the bar and get a 31.8mm bar?

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    Want a beautifully sculpted, lightweight, strong stem? Check out the Race Face Turbine R. Absolutely stunning. All superfluous metal is removed during the CNC process. It almost makes Thomson's stem look clunky. I just picked one up in 32mm reach but they're also available in 40mm. Bar diameter = 35mm.

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    That is nice looking for sure. Quickest solution EVER on MTBR, thank you.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    Want a beautifully sculpted, lightweight, strong stem? Check out the Race Face Turbine R. Absolutely stunning. All superfluous metal is removed during the CNC process. It almost makes Thomson's stem look clunky. I just picked one up in 32mm reach but they're also available in 40mm. Bar diameter = 35mm.

    Here it is.
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    Get something 7075 or 2014 alloy. Carbon is not a good material for stems, in that it doesn't save any weight over a good alloy stem. Cheap stems abound, but those two alloys are significantly better than the cheaper stuff. Otherwise, it doesn't matter, find a length you like. I don't pay much attention to brands. I like my ritchey WCS trail.
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    A stem is a stem. Find something that you like the look of and go from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by almazing View Post
    A stem is a stem. Find something that you like the look of and go from there.
    Honestly al, the same thing can be said for girlfriends.
    We each set our own priorities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    Honestly al, the same thing can be said for girlfriends...
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    Quote Originally Posted by almazing View Post
    A stem is a stem. Find something that you like the look of and go from there.

    Stems are a part that gets your bar to where you want it...and at the same time...a bit like jewelry on your bike. If that makes any sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS VR6 View Post
    Stems are a part that gets your bar to where you want it...and at the same time...a bit like jewelry on your bike. If that makes any sense.
    Yeah, the stem is a bike's hood ornament.
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    Chromag has 35mm options. Love mine.

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    If you check the weight ,the renthal apex is actually lighter then the enve carbon stem . I have one on both my bikes ,with enve bars on one bike and race face 35mm on other


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    Spank has a green one in 35mm...I'm also looking for a green one in 35mm...not sure I like the green on this one though...

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    Yeah the green on the spank doesn’t really match well with the green DVO is using. I liked the weight of the Renthal but not the two tone color scheme. I ended up getting the Raceface Turbine R in 40mm and it’s really nice. Also the “top lock” system they have makes tightening down the bars easy peasy. Thread all four bolts, torque down the top two, position bar how you like and torque down the bottom two. No more cross torquing and making sure the gap is even.

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    That stem is top of my list if I can't find a suitable green one. I'm running Race Face cranks and plan to get a RF carbon handle bar...might as well get a matching stem too...lol
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    Been running an Anvl Swage and Chromag BZA both in 35mm length. I think the Anvl is a great looking stem, but I like a good looking stem.

    Incidentally, I needed a new bar this week and it seems a lot of the 35mm carbon bars are on backorder. Must be enduro season.

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    This is what you should use, maximize strength to weight:

    Best short stem brand for 35mm bars?-j01-moreaboutaluminumd1-gis.png
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