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difficult stem-bar choice! advice wanted!!!(10 posts)

difficult stem-bar choice! advice wanted!!!Gianicolo
Jan 28, 2003 7:00 AM
I'm building up a new race bike: Trek 5900 frameset in Project One, Shimano Dura Ace, Bontrager X-Lite Carbon wheels, SPD SL pedals, Nokon cables, etc... It'll be a great thing; a bike that rocks!

But I'm about to choose my bar and stem. I want to have it light (I'm a light racer myself, with only 57 kg) and cool looking. No prob if it is expensive. Help me !!!

I would like to choose the Schmolke carbon bar (26 mm). With his 160 gr the world's lightest. But I don't like the form of the bar that much... hmm...
Other option would be the ITM Unika bar (178gr) or the Deda Spectrum (179 gr). Both light, 25,8 mm.
If I'd choose an oversize bar, I could take the Deda Spectrum in 31 mm (190gr), still light and looking really cool (the Spectrum looks nicer in 31mm than in 25,8mm!!).

For my stem I could choose between ITM The Stem (only 25,8mm), Deda Newton (25,8 or 31mm) or Deda Mag00 (only availble in 31mm!).

Or should I make the option of buying the Deda Synapsi and thereby loosing the benefit of a light 'cockpit' on my bike?

Pfff... it's a hard choice. What would you do? What are the benefits and disadvantages? Help me!
you're beyond help...C-40
Jan 28, 2003 9:06 AM
Buy one of each and try them all. Write us a report on the ones you like best!
Good answerMR_GRUMPY
Jan 28, 2003 9:25 AM
Maybe there is a new 50 gram bar out there.
..depends, which shoes will you be wearing? nmSpunout
Jan 28, 2003 9:21 AM
"Does my ass look fat on this saddle?" ;) LOL, nmSpunout
Jan 28, 2003 9:22 AM
Seek professional help. (Couch, therapist, maybe drugs)Quack
Jan 28, 2003 11:13 AM
I'm hoping this post was a joke. But if not, best of luck to you in building the bike of your dreams. The lightest bike in town will indeed bring you happiness, even if some pimple-faced youngster on a bike worth less than your paint job smokes you. Personally, I like to stick with a bike that can take a light crash without requiring an insurance claim. Enjoy!
hey, the bike does need a bar and stem ...ottrottlee
Jan 28, 2003 12:05 PM
so since he has to pick something, why not think it all through? I chose the 3T MORE bar (31.8 clamp diameter) combined with the stella azzura mag stem.

I worked around the bars, which i find incredibly comfortable with the best reach to brake levers I have ever experienced (this is a huge problem for me -- small hands). then had to choose a stem. first chose the deda mag00 -- visually poor quality and it broke during installation even though we followed specs exactly. then found the stella azzura viceversa. best quality visually of anything i have seen and matched bike perfectly. very happy with it. if doing again, i would take a look at FSA's new bars (and stem). light is ok in my book but comfort is even more important. if you can get both, then great but make sure you like the reach, drop and shape of the bars -- i find that when i ride, i use the bars a lot. ;)
One piece CF bar/stem with holes drilled in themMR_GRUMPY
Jan 28, 2003 12:31 PM
How about a one piece carbon fiber bar/ stem combo with holes drilled in bar AND stem. Forget the bar tape, too much weight.
One piece CF bar/stem with holes drilled in thematpjunkie
Jan 28, 2003 6:26 PM
wow, poor guy. such vitriol, such sarcasm. I guess we all wish we had such problems as what is the coolest, lightest, swankiest thing to own. Get the Stella Azura and whatever bar 'feels' good.
Being an ex-rower convert to Clydesdale cyclist I steer (pun intended) clear from super weight weenie bar/stem combinations.
Try this oneRoadrunner25
Jan 29, 2003 9:26 PM
http://www.bikepartsusa.com/product_info.phtml?p=01-82248

Not much money and you can use the $$$ you save to attend charm school.