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    Twenty6 vs Thomson Elite vs Crank Bro Iodine 2 Stem

    I know that the Tewnty6 is an all mountain stem and real short stem, but I'm loving the look of it. Would going with a real short stem like the Twenty6 change the handleing up front on my FSR? I am also considering the Thomson Elite and Crank Bro Iodine 2 stem. Which one. Can anyone report how stiff and quaility of Crank Bro stem 2. I know it has Torx bolts, not a deal breaker for me. Open to other suggestions too.
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    To be honest, I'd stay away from Crank Brother's products. They look really nice/blingy, but their quality isn't up to snuff in my opinion. I've heard of alot of people having problems with cracking stems, poor quality steel in their tools ect.

    I don't know anything about Twenty6 stems, but I've had a few Thomson 50mm X4 stems, and they've been great. Strong, stiff, set it and forget it.

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    +1 on avoiding CB items

    Stem length will change the playfulness of your bike. I like shorter stems. They go really well with a bit wider bars (think of it as a system). Having gone from 90 to 70...I'm on a 50 now and even rock a 40 for XC riding sometimes, just depends on how I want to ride that week. Get several lower end stems (think Truvativ on pinkbike/ebay) and play with them - see how they fit you/your bike and your riding style. Give them all some time, don't jump to conclusions without learning how to ride them. I've got 40/50/60/70mm stems all in stock all the time and never regret it.

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    Thomson are the best. Light, strong and a good warranty.

    I'll never buy another Crank Bros product again. I got sick of breaking their pedals and paying for replacements.
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    Thomson is the quality product that all the others want to be. If you are willing to pay for it, why not get a product that has been proven 100x over?

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    Another Thomson user here. Last purchase was their seatpost and seatpost clamp. Strong, light and does not slip.
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    I am a big thomson fan myself but I like the Raceface Turbine stem better. I have both the thomson on my 29er and the Turbine on my allmountain 26er

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    Thomson = standard by which all others are judged!
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    I've had 2 Thomson stems develop cracks radiating from under the top cap towards the bars, as well as cracks in the faceplates. Although they were warrantied without a problem I stick to Chromag stems & bars from now on.

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    Thomson user for life, the absolute best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by special k View Post
    I've had 2 Thomson stems develop cracks radiating from under the top cap towards the bars, as well as cracks in the faceplates. Although they were warrantied without a problem I stick to Chromag stems & bars from now on.
    Chromag stuff is real nice as well.

    Question for ya - do you use a torque wrench on things like stems and rotor bolts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007 View Post
    Chromag stuff is real nice as well.

    Question for ya - do you use a torque wrench on things like stems and rotor bolts?
    Yes. Along with linkage bolts, seatpost bolts, etc.

    Here's one of them from awhile back:


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    Interesting..... I have probably 1/2 dozen or so Thomson stems of misc ages and have not seen that before - I wonder if they had a batch that the tolerances/tooling was slightly out?

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    twenty six, chromag, thomson all great choices. i run twenty six and chromag myself. have had thomson, prefer the other two over them though

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    Stem length will change the playfulness of your bike. I like shorter stems. They go really well with a bit wider bars (think of it as a system). Having gone from 90 to 70...I'm on a 50 now and even rock a 40 for XC riding sometimes, just depends on how I want to ride that week. Get several lower end stems (think Truvativ on pinkbike/ebay) and play with them - see how they fit you/your bike and your riding style. Give them all some time, don't jump to conclusions without learning how to ride them. I've got 40/50/60/70mm stems all in stock all the time and never regret it.
    Thanks for the responses guys.

    CharacterZero, thanks for that bro, thats the type of insight I was looking for. My FSR has long handle bars and that helps me not worry about buying a 50mm DH stem.

    I'm really liking the Chromag, bling bling. I'm also really loving the bling factor of the twenty6 and the bolts are on the side, so its a bit of a cleaner look. I hate these descisions because there not cheap.
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    From another thread :
    Thomson Demonstrates Why You Should Watch Out for Counterfeit Parts - Bike Rumor

    (Happy 250# user of Thomson seatposts and stems)

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    I have had great luck with my Eastons.
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    I'll never buy another Crank Bros product again. I got sick of breaking their pedals and paying for replacements.
    VT, what level of crank bros pedals did you buy. Just curious because i switched over to egg 3 and candy 3.
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    I was looking at a Crank Bro Iodine 2 stem and saw that they use Torx heads on all the bolts. Decided against it then - the tools I carry don't include Torx wrenches.

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    Thanks for all that replied. It was a tough choice. I went a head and got 2 Thomson elite stems with dress up kit and bought a Thomson elite seat post just cuz I gotta have the match. I might order the Twenty6 later, after my wallet stops smoking.
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    Love Thomson. Never had a problem with any
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