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    Ritchey crabon steam vs KCNC

    I am building up a old klein attitude and I am looking at either a KCNC stem or a Ritchey carbon. I am going to run a 31.8 handlbar and either a 110 or 120 length. I have looked around the forums a bit and there dosn't seem to be much info on the Ritchey. Most people seem to like the KCNC but I prefer the look of the Ritchey. It looks a little flexy to me. Just wondering what you are all think. This is what I am starting with.
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    I'm running 100mm ritchey carbon 4axis and it's not flexy to me, seems as stiff as my previous thomson 4x 100mm. Looks great too with ritchey carbon bar!

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    ive got a ritchey and love it, wish it were lighter but sometimes you gotta give a little for the looks


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    anothe rpic, not as cool as superspec's


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    The KCNC SC Wing will be lighter than the Ritchey but if you like carbon the Ritchey looks very good. Both will work fine in XC applications.

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    i have the WCS 4-Axis carbon stem @ 100mm, its great, no more perceptable flex than the Syntace F99 on my other bike, i like my bars to flex before the stem though.

    on your vintage ride the KCNC alloy stem might sit better - but that depends on your bars & seatpost

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    They Ritchey stem doesn't flex too much because its not really all carbon. Inside it is aluminum. Here is a quote from the web site.

    "3D-Net forged 2014 alloy is encased in high-modulus carbon fiber for greater fatigue strength"

    Beautiful looking stem indeed!!

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    Thanks for the pictures. I think I will go with the Ritchey. It will be ther first time I haven't bought a thomson stem in about 8 bike builds. Thanks
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    Does the Ritchey WCS 4-axis carbon stem have titanium bolts? It is a great looking stem and would be nice to drop a bit of weight off of it.

    For that matter, are there any solid carbon stems?

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    comes with ti bolts as stadard.
    I have a thomson 100mm unit here too and prefer the thomson

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    i love my Ritchey stem

    I have a 100mm WCS 4-axis stem and it weighs 118 grams. It is sexy as hell and plently stiff for any type of xc racing/ trail riding, not to mention it is sexy as hell, especially paired up with the WCS Carbon Rizer which i see a few people are sporting including myself.

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