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Flexstem use on cyclocross(7 posts)

Flexstem use on cyclocrosswspokes
Aug 26, 2002 7:13 AM
I was just wondering if anyone else out there has ever run a flexstem on their cyclorig. I am not talking about the girvin, I am talking about the Softride system. I have used one on every cross bike and love them. I just recently upgraded an older one to put on a aluminum aheadset one on my bike. This is definitely a step up from the cro-mo ones I have used in the past. I was just wondering what others used, whether flexstem or fork?
I do / didadventurefind
Aug 26, 2002 7:28 AM
I use mine on and off. It's a nice change for long rides on the road, or very rocky terrain. But I have switched back to the regular stem simply because the bike doesn't feel like a noodle.
feel like a ....wspokes
Aug 26, 2002 10:15 AM

I have heard that statement before, I used one on my mountain bike years and years ago, and grew accustomed to it I guess!? I just like the benefit of having it when zipping around the trails and it beats not having any suspension. I believe I remember a different feel, not as bad a noodle, but different...when I used the cromoly version. The new ones are very reasonably priced and are really quite a hot ticket! The aluminum aheadset one which is the best model is probably around $125 retail now if not lower in some areas.
feel like a ....adventurefind
Aug 26, 2002 12:54 PM
with "like a noodle" I meant that there's play from side to side. All of the softride stems I have owned have done that.
did you knowwspokes
Aug 27, 2002 8:25 AM
Did you know you can adjust the side play through the use of the side allen bolts? I always adjusted mine without play and then periodically check them. you can also replace the bushings if you need to as well. The newer one seems to not have these play problems that existed with the older models.
new softride stemsrajunrosco
Aug 28, 2002 1:05 PM
Are there still any places to buy a new softride stem? I've been getting mine off of Ebay when they occasionally pop up there. Got the Yellow Aluminum one for $80.
I have a bike shop so...wspokes
Aug 29, 2002 4:20 AM
of course, I got mine, through me! The prices have really come down on the aluminums. I am impressed. any LBS should be able to order one for you and the price is reasonable. if you need to get the scoop on one. let me know.