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Stem DecisionBerm
Mar 17, 2001 1:11 PM
I am getting a new bike and the LBS will let me select any stem I want. It will be 90 in length and 1 1/8" and I am debating between a Zepp, Millenium or a Newton. Which one should I select or do you recommend something else?
The pretty oneScottV
Mar 17, 2001 2:54 PM
I think they are all equal so get the one that looks nice. My new bike comes standard with the Zepp but I like the look of the Millenium better. The LBS has agreed to use that stem on my ride instead.
the lightest oneJack S
Mar 17, 2001 5:22 PM
Don't worry about looks.
all about the same....dave
Mar 18, 2001 6:18 AM
All are within a few grams in weight. The Newton may clamp the bar a little better, having 4 bolts. It's also the most expensive, with Ti bolts.

I've got the Millennium, and it function great, though I have had a small problem getting the clamp tight enough to keep the bars from rotating downward, occasionally. I solved the problem by applying a very small amount of clear nail polish to the clamping surface, before assembly. Kind of glues the bars in place, but they can still be adjusted later. The Millennium has plain steel bolts that can rust. I replaced mine, with new M5 x 16mm stainless steel bolts, for a better look.
Some more equal than others...grz mnky
Mar 19, 2001 8:16 AM
Check out the offerings from Ritchey. Way lighter (WCS @ 125 g.) and pretty bomber. I used the standard offering and recently switched to a WCS, but it's not offered in as many sizes/angles. WCS runs a four bolt front with stainless bolts for fewer corrosion and failures.
wow! 5 to 10 grams lighter....dave
Mar 19, 2001 2:01 PM
The Zepp is supposed to be 130, the Newton 135, and Millennium a real heavyweight at 150. All about the same, to me.
True....grz mnky
Mar 20, 2001 8:18 AM
Yeah, not much of a difference with the listed choices and I didn't have their weights. I often think of the whole selection and things like the Mutant and a bunch of other "pig iron" designs. It's pretty funny to read some of the catalogs and see them call some threadless setup "light" @ 235 g.
Ritchey WCSTJeanloz
Mar 20, 2001 9:04 AM
I know Ritchey claims 125g, but the 9cm that we have in the shop is 135g, and the reasonable sized ones (11, 12, 13) all weigh more than 150g.
Dang! They Lied, Again....grz mnky
Mar 20, 2001 9:50 AM
Not too surprised.
It must be a typo...TJeanloz
Mar 20, 2001 9:58 AM
No company in this industry would ever misquote a weight on purpose, would they? They wouldn't weigh every stem they ever produced and quote the lowest, would they? For those curious, they would, and they do.
I forgive 'em.12x23
Mar 20, 2001 3:46 PM
The WCS is too nice to haggle over 10 grams or so. Mine is 130mm and came in at 145.4 grams.
Mar 19, 2001 3:04 PM
Go to and check out Brent Steelman's stems. They are SWEET. I've got a 90 degree 120mm on my road bike and love it. They are fairly light and can be had in any of his cool colors. The only downside? They are pretty expensive.
Mar 21, 2001 6:42 AM
I'm with you......I have a Steelman stem on my Steelman cross bike and I also have one on my USPS 5500. They are beautiful and very comfortable when compared to aluminum.