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stem searching....anyone have any feedback?(6 posts)

stem searching....anyone have any feedback?got2ryd
Jun 1, 2003 5:09 AM
in the market for a new stem. i am looking at the ritchey pro and the performance forte pro. any differences as far as one being stiffer? i know there are nicer stems out there, but these seem to offer the most bang for the buck. right now i have a cannondale 110, +/- 10 degree rise. i am going to a 100 mm length and i am going to try a little less rise, +/- 6 or 8 degree rise, that these two stems offer. any feedback welcomed. thanks.
One opinionNessism
Jun 1, 2003 7:04 AM
The Performance Forte Pro looks like a nice stem to me. Uses a stronger grade of Al than the Ritchey Pro so it should hold up well. I doubt you would notice any difference in actual usage between the two.

Ed
re: stem searching....anyone have any feedback?koala
Jun 1, 2003 8:01 AM
I have the ritchey pro 4 bolt stem on a bike and I like it. Its stiff, weighs 147 grams with all hardware(110+6degrees) and is reasonably priced. I like the fact that ritchey stems at this price are cold forged. The actual difference in weight between the pro and wcs for the same length at the weight weenies site was 16 grams, I think. It didnt justify the price difference to me.
I have used forte pro in a 110 -- it's kind of noodly. Comparedbill
Jun 5, 2003 7:12 AM
to any of my other stems -- 3TTT Zepp, 3TTT Less, and ITM Millenium, it is significantly less stiff.
They're good and cheap though. I have used it to help build up two bikes while I worked out the dimensions and decided what stem to get -- all ended up being the same size, btw, 110.
IMHO...SenorPedro
Jun 1, 2003 10:07 AM
I like the Ritchey a lot. The 4 bolt interface makes a very solid connection to the bar. I have the 110mm version and notice almost no flex in the stem, but boy are my bars torq'in.
Ritchey Pro as well - great stem and $45 at licktons (nm)TNSquared
Jun 3, 2003 1:38 PM