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    Ritchey WCS Road stem - Safe for MTB?

    So I'm looking to swap out the heavy stock specialized stem on my Epic for something a bit lighter..... I was going to buy a new one, but then I remembered that I've got an old Richey WCS road stem laying around from a road bike that I don't use anymore.... its the perfect length and rise.

    My only concern is whether its safe to use the WCS road stem on an mtb, with Easton carbon bars as well...what do you guys think? Its identical to this one: http://www.probikeoutlet.com/images/wcs400.JPG

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    First question is if the bar clamp is the right size? If so, I'd feel ok for light xc duty. Overall though my teeth are worth a lot more than the $40 cost of a new stem that I know is appropriate for off-road duty.

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    If it's the right size for the bars I wouldn't worry about it. Road parts were all original mountain bikes had...
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    Plus, there are so many "mountain" stems on the market that are in the 130-160 gram range anyway and a good portion of them are hydro-formed aluminum just like that Ritchey.
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    Syntace F99, my 105mm weighed 107g w/o titanium bolts.

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    I used that exact stem for 2 years with no issues, riding technical XC. (no big jumps or drops) I don't think I'd trust it for anything more aggressive than that.
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