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Deda Stems and Fork Question(8 posts)

Deda Stems and Fork Questionmorkm
Dec 31, 2003 10:43 AM
I think my question got lost down below, so I'll ask it again. Anyone have any good experiences with the Deda Newton Stem? All I've read are the horror stories about stripped threads on the REVIEWS section here. I really like the look of the Newton Stem and the Deda 215 Shallow bars and think the set up would work well for me, but I do not fancy spending money on a stem that is going to cause me nothing but grief.

The fork question has to do with 'lawyer tabs.' Is there a safe way to remove them to make wheel changes in a race that much quicker? I've heard that you can just file them down, but I worry that would effect the strength of the frame.

Thanks for any answers.
Newton works fine for many.Zonic Man
Dec 31, 2003 11:33 AM
Including people I ride with, my wife and I, and many members of the pro peleton.

FWIW: I think you can just file down the tabs, and you'd be good to go. My wife's colnago bought in Italy doesn't have the tabs on the fork, but US export colangos have them. Go figure.
I ride a Newton OS with Magic bar... swear by the combo! nm.russw19
Dec 31, 2003 5:25 PM
Deda stemsTNSquared
Dec 31, 2003 12:28 PM
I tried to buy a Deda Newton and the shop talked me out of it. They recommended the Ritchey Pro or WCS as a much more practical option, and the design is very similar with a four bolt open clamp face. I went with the Ritchey Pro, and I've been very happy with it. That it was half the price of the Newton was a bonus.
re: Deda Stems and Fork QuestionaOldMan
Dec 31, 2003 2:04 PM
I use a Deda Newton stem and am happy. No issues at all. The stem has gone on and come off a number of times. Just remember to grease the bolts and use a torque wrench when installing it.

As for the lawyer tabs. I personally think they are put on for a reason. They have a function and that is to keep the wheel from falling off if the QR were to be hit or pulled open; but more likely to prevent the wheel from falling off when someone forgets to install it correctly. I do not find them to be all that much of a problem. Grinding them off will probably save you 15 seconds of grief when changing a wheel; a small price to pay for a little bit extra safety.
Thanks for the replys nmmorkm
Dec 31, 2003 3:45 PM
As for "lawyer tabs" change your skewers if they bother you..russw19
Dec 31, 2003 5:29 PM
I use American Classic skewers which have the longest opening and closing throw I have ever seen on a set of skewers. I have lawyer tabs on my fork but my skewers clear them. I don't have to open them anymore than normal, although I still do out of habit, but if you get the right skewers, they will clear them. I think Salsa skewers are about the same and may open far enough to get past the tabs.

re: Deda Stems and Fork QuestionDrone 5200
Dec 31, 2003 10:01 PM
I picked up a used newton 26.0 on ebay for about $45 to replace my bontrager race. It's been great. No problems with striping. The four bolt face plate is the way to go. My old stem used to squeak. That's gone with the new stem.

A buddy also rides with one. No problems at all.