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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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    New question here.

    Bike - https://www.giant-bicycles.com/int/r...specifications
    Handlebars - Crankbrothers Iodine 2 760 mm, Rise: 30 mm, Backsweep: 9°, Upsweep: 5°
    Me - 181 cm, 70 kg, standard typical body constitution.
    Lite enduro riding style, 90% of down hills, roots and rocks, slow riding.

    Stems to consider:
    1. Hope FR/AM 31.8 Stem black/35 mm 0° https://static.bike-components.de/ca...481256796.jpeg
    2. SIXPACK-RACING Skywalker 35 31.8 35 mm 0° black https://static.bike-components.de/ca...481262631.jpeg or green https://static.bike-components.de/ca...481259009.jpeg
    3. Spank Spike Bearclaw 31.8 Modell 2018 black-grey/35 mm 0° https://static.bike-components.de/ca...509114334.jpeg
    4. Spank Spike Race 31.8 Modell 2018 emerald green/35 mm 0° https://static.bike-components.de/ca...509114273.jpeg
    5. Chromag HIFI V2 31.8 black/31 mm 0° https://static.bike-components.de/ca...524739919.jpeg
    6. Answer ATAC AME 31.8 black/30 mm 0° https://static.bike-components.de/ca...498127012.jpeg
    7. Renthal Apex 31.8 gold-black/31 mm 6° https://static.bike-components.de/ca...481266346.jpeg
    8. Chromag Ranger V2 31.8 black/31 mm 0° https://static.bike-components.de/ca...481258808.jpeg


    Which one?
    Last edited by ka81ua; 11-10-2018 at 10:29 AM.
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    i9 has 35mm clamp stems now and a variety of colors
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    Quote Originally Posted by useport80 View Post
    and a variety of colors
    and a priceeee... )
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    Quote Originally Posted by ka81ua View Post
    Bike - https://www.giant-bicycles.com/int/r...specifications
    Handlebars - Crankbrothers Iodine 2 760 mm, Rise: 30 mm, Backsweep: 9°, Upsweep: 5°
    Me - 181 cm, 70 kg, standard typical body constitution.
    Lite enduro riding style, 90% of down hills, roots and rocks, slow riding.

    Stems to consider:
    1. Hope FR/AM 31.8 Stem black/35 mm 0° https://static.bike-components.de/ca...481256796.jpeg
    2. SIXPACK-RACING Skywalker 35 31.8 35 mm 0° black https://static.bike-components.de/ca...481262631.jpeg or green https://static.bike-components.de/ca...481259009.jpeg
    3. Spank Spike Bearclaw 31.8 Modell 2018 black-grey/35 mm 0° https://static.bike-components.de/ca...509114334.jpeg
    4. Spank Spike Race 31.8 Modell 2018 emerald green/35 mm 0° https://static.bike-components.de/ca...509114273.jpeg
    5. Chromag HIFI V2 31.8 black/31 mm 0° https://static.bike-components.de/ca...524739919.jpeg
    6. Answer ATAC AME 31.8 black/30 mm 0° https://static.bike-components.de/ca...498127012.jpeg
    7. Renthal Apex 31.8 gold-black/31 mm 6° https://static.bike-components.de/ca...481266346.jpeg
    8. Chromag Ranger V2 31.8 black/31 mm 0° https://static.bike-components.de/ca...481258808.jpeg


    Which one?
    Not a single one of those stems will work, lol. Those are all 31.8 clamp.

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    Well I imagine he solved the issue rather than sit around for 5 months trying to decide ....

    ... but I’m a fan of the Renthal Apex stem with the 240* clamp, available in both 31.8mm and 35mm bar sizes. About as light as anything else out there.

    https://cycling.renthal.com/shop/cyc...e-stems/apex35

    Shop around and you can get one in the $80 range shipped. Probably cheaper options out there, always are ...

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    About Apex - isn't it bad idea that face-plate is devided to 2 pieces?
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    Quote Originally Posted by useport80 View Post
    i9 has 35mm clamp stems now and a variety of colors
    Thread on them here: https://forums.mtbr.com/components/i...s-1090972.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by ka81ua View Post
    About Apex - isn't it bad idea that face-plate is devided to 2 pieces?
    That isn’t the problem with the short apex 35.. this is:




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    Damn..
    I was going to order 31 mm Apex, now I'm confused..

    https://cycling.renthal.com/shop/cyc...roduct_id=4097
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    Hi Ganderson. Email me directly and we can help you out with this issue - iancollins@renthal.com

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    Awesome response time, Ian.


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    Awwsome response?
    I wrote them on email with link to that thread, that's why this response appeared here.
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    Best short stem brand for 35mm bars?

    Well, response time. Regardless, thanks for clarifying. Good for you/us.


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    I need to decide on ordering, so, Ganderson, pkease, tell more about that situation..
    Thanx.

    I'm going to try 31mm 31.8 so it's bothering me now..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ka81ua View Post
    I need to decide on ordering, so, Ganderson, pkease, tell more about that situation..
    Thanx.

    I'm going to try 31mm 31.8 so it's bothering me now..
    Not much to tell.. stem was mounted on my trail bike (GG Shred Dogg) for maybe 6 weeks while I’ve been getting this bikes cockpit dialed in.

    Loved what the stem did for the bikes handling but my front end developed a nasty creak. I noticed the stem crack upon reassembly after inspecting and regreasing my headset.

    I weigh about 215 geared up and the bike has only been ridden in local central Texas terrain so far so definitely nothing ‘big’. Torque wrenches ALWAYS used for assembly.

    There is just not much of a material cross section where it cracked in this length. The longer versions appear to have more material there.. not sure about the 31mm/31.8mm version.


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    So, did you manage it with Renthal?..
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    My 31.8 x 40mm has been great for several years, about same weight and terrain on a 160 HT, but I suppose it’s not relative to the super short version. Just bought a 35 x 50mm for a FS frame build. Do you really need one that short?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ka81ua View Post
    So, did you manage it with Renthal?..
    Yeah.. they’ll take care of it. Just need to fill out the RMA paperwork he sent me and send it in.


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