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What are the Best Stem, Handlebar and Seatposts values(8 posts)

What are the Best Stem, Handlebar and Seatposts valuesMaartin
Mar 28, 2003 11:26 AM
I am looking to replace/upgrade from Icon parts on a Trek 5200. My handlebar and stem is bent as I crashed badly on sand earlier this week (Heh even Tyler Hamilton does it sometimes) and I wanted more angle on the stem anyway. I bent it back but now I have multiple bends so time to replace. I want a moderate layback seatpost that is sealed at the top. Looking at Richey bars and stem and Thomson bent seatpost(though this may look weird). Any other or better recommendations ?
re: Your choices sound good (nm)Mike Prince
Mar 28, 2003 12:26 PM
re: What are the Best Stem, Handlebar and Seatposts valuesDINOSAUR
Mar 28, 2003 1:18 PM
Ritchey makes good stuff. The Thomson seat post is a keeper. I have a non setback Thomson on one of my bikes and I really like it. The 2 bolt post makes it easy to dial in that perfect tilt. I kind of like the Deda Magic bars and stem (I have a Newton), but I don't know the difference in price...shop around the internet forums, try Price Point and see what they have.....
I went with Deda Magic bar/stem and a Syncros post...Quack
Mar 28, 2003 1:21 PM
The magic bar/stem also had the added benefit of being oversized and stiffer than the Icon parts and didn't creak under hard torquing. If I remember right, the bar/stem combo was about $100 and the post was another $20, all from PricePoint.
Hard to go wrong with those...Matno
Mar 28, 2003 7:08 PM
Depending on how important price is, the Thomson might not be the most cost-effective seatpost. (They're only kind of pricey, but you can get cheaper). Performance has a Forte seatpost for $19 that weighs 190g and has a very slight setback (maybe not as much as you want). Icyclesusa.com has Ritchey WCS ergonomic handlebars for $40. (I just bought that same seatpost and bars). Ritchey makes nice stems. Icycles also has Kore stems for cheap ($29 or $15 depending on what size your steerer is). You might want to check them out.
Hard to go wrong with those...russw19
Mar 28, 2003 7:28 PM
A lot of this depends on your budget. The best stem/bar combo in my opinion is the Deda Newton Stem with the Magic Bar. The Magic bar is cheaper than the Newton and a bit heavier (30 grams or so) but it is a lot stronger and stiffer according to Deda. Lot's of pros ride the Magic bar because of it's strength. The Ritchey stuff is really really nice! And a few pros are riding it too. And not just domestic pros, some Euro teams are on it now too! The Thompson post is not cheap, but it lasts forever and it works. Hard to beat that. I think it's the new millenium's version of the Syncros post and stem of the mid 90's. Remember back then, that stuff was expensive, but really nice and it was strong. Everyone wanted it, but because it was great stuff, not just foo foo fad stuff like purple anodized MTB parts.

Hope that helps you out some

Russ
Thomson - good in more ways than one.Fez
Mar 29, 2003 10:14 AM
Thomson post is good in more ways than one.

1. Strength and light weight- doubt there is a stronger one out there. It does it at a light weight that is only bettered by Ti or carbon posts. The two bolt clamp is probably the best and strongest design out there.

2. Price - not cheap compared to other Al posts. Cheaper than most Ti or Carbon posts.

3. Finish - scuff free and Laser etched logo looks great. The finish is so good that even the part you insert into the seat tube is relatively resistant to scuffs.

Can you get a light and functional post for $20-40? Yes. The Thomson post may be overkill for some, but if you want a post that looks great and probably will never give you any fuss, this is the one.
Thomson - good in more ways than one.Chris
Apr 1, 2003 9:02 PM
I agree with the Thomson seat post. It is bombproof, has a great clamp, and will probably last forever! Besides, it is very good looking.