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Need a New Stem, Recommendations?(8 posts)

Need a New Stem, Recommendations?slbenz
May 29, 2001 9:47 PM
I just finished taking the rust off my steer tube on my Trek 5200. As soon as I torqued the bolts back on the ICON stem, one of the bolts stripped off. Now I am in need of a new stem (bummer). What seems to be working for you? The stem review section doesn't have all the stems that are available out there. By the way, my 9cm stem weighed 182 grams. Trek said it was supposed to weigh 150 grams. Like to find something stiffer and lighter if possible. Thanks for your response in advance.
Ritchey WCS12x23
May 30, 2001 4:30 AM
I weighed mine and best I recall it was 142 grams (13cm).
ITM MilleniumDuane Gran
May 30, 2001 5:57 AM
I swapped out my Icon stem on my 5200 for an ITM Millenium. It weighs around 150g, looks really cool and seems to be more stiff.
re: Need a New Stem, Recommendations?philg
May 30, 2001 8:40 AM
I'm just putting a new bike spec together and have done a lot of research on different stems etc. On a weight for cost basis the Deda Elementi Magic comes out top of my list. 147g for 120mm long and about £30 in the UK.
Free if you can live with another ICON...Bob in Indiana
May 31, 2001 10:18 AM
TEK recalled ICON stems, I just had mine replaced free at the lbs with a new ICON "Graphite Series".

I'm sure it's no better than the original, but it won't break!

I want to upgrade too, but wallet/wife won't allow it at present!

See for recall info if interested.
Free if you can live with another ICON...slbenz
May 31, 2001 11:32 AM
Bob, unfortunately, that is exactly what broke on my bike. A Graphite Series ICON stem, 2000 model which is not part of the recall. I am thinking of replacing my stem with a Ritchey Pro stem which is a little lighter and hopefully stiffer than what I had. I can find the Ritchey stem for $35.00 locally.
re: Need a New Stem, Recommendations?voitto
May 31, 2001 2:31 PM
cinelli grammo titanium ,
Got a Replacement Stem From Trek!slbenz
Jun 2, 2001 9:25 AM
Spoke with Trek about my stem problem and received a replacement by Express Mail in two days! Trek did a great job with customer satisfaction. Now I am ready for my century ride. The replacement stem is a two bolt design with a 83 and 97 degree flip flop design vs. my original 90 degree stem, single bolt design. The packaging that came with the replacement stem said it should weigh 145 grams but my digital scale said 195 grams! Looks like after my century ride, I'll probably replace the stem with something lighter. At least Trek did an excellent job sending me a replacement stem in time for my ride without charging me anything. Happy riding!