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    Thomson X2 Stem for SS?

    I know folks are already using them but I have some hesitation.
    I'm looking for a nice stiff stem for SS use.
    If you are using the X2 I'd love to know if you like them or not.
    I've run Thomson's for years and have always loved them but the 2 bolt has mde guessing.
    Have any of you used X2 and X4s and noticed anything other than what a scale might say?
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    X2 is for road use. I would use an X4 for SS. You'll want the strength. SS really cranks on the bars.

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    I appreciate any info I can get on this but Thomson actually says that the x2 is a mountain stem though not for DH or freeride.
    I'm running an ultra light stem now but it' just a bit too flexy for the SS. Works great on the gears though.
    The X2 is actually the same body as the X4 but w/ a lighter faceplate saving something like 25g.
    You have a good point about the torque we put on bars though. I'm running a 680mm carbon lowriser bar and it's overpowering my current stem.
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    It should be fine then. The X2's faceplate interlocks with the stem body. Even for SS use. That's a long bar, but I bet you'll be okay.

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    I use an x2 on my fixed gear Monocog flight commuter... 0 problems so far (10months or so)

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    Ahh, hadn't seen the interlocking faceplate.
    Thanks.
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    The deal breaker for me...The X2 only comes in a 17 or 20 degree rise, no flat.
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    I have a Thomson X2 10 degree 90mm length. It's awesome, like it better than my X4 (same size). Both stems are stronger than the original Elite which is a bonafide MTB classic. Also, Thomson claims their stems/seatposts are stronger than the competition in the tests they've conducted. There is no reason to discount their claims - true blue American designed and made product with tens of thousands of customers if not more.
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    Haven't used the Thompson, but recently bought a Syntace Superforce 31.8 in 60mm 6 degree rise for my geared 29 HT and love it!

    http://www.syntace.com/index.cfm?pid=3&pk=1518

    Read their Test and Crash section too!

    or flop it over for 6 degrees of drop...
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    Thanks for all the great response. I'm pretty sure I'll be going w/ the X2.
    The syntace just doesn't have the looks I want- mostly that odd bead blasted finish. Yup, vain I know.
    Illnacord- why do you like it better than the X4?
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    Was lookin at Thompson, but got the Syntace for less and is better engineered. I also like the finish on it.....but I know looks matter. It's finish is similar to my stock stem it replaced, but a little less matte finish. With it's 200 degree head, it really holds the bars steady and that really helps with CF bars.

    EDIT: pic mounted on my 29er

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    Johnnychickenbones, The X2 has softer aesthetics from front (round cut through vs. square solid), two bolts vs four bolts on faceplate, flip flip logo, smaller stack height.
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