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lightweight bar/stem combo(12 posts)

lightweight bar/stem comboAzukor
Jul 27, 2001 5:44 PM
I'm looking for a stiff, lightweight bar/stem combo. I'm thinking about the TTT Forgie or Zepp w/ the Prima 199, the ITM millenium combo, or the deda magic or newton combo. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Adam
re: lightweight bar/stem comboCyclingWolf
Jul 27, 2001 7:27 PM
Easton EC-90 Carbon and Deda Newton working for me. According to Performance catalog EC-90 195g and Deda Newton 125g
re: lightweight bar/stem comboGregGil
Jul 27, 2001 8:01 PM
Cinelli Solido Stem and Solida Bar are my choice...advertised weight is 330 grams for the pair. I have heard that there is an issue with the EC90 and the Newton stem...the stem does not have any "grab" on the carbon so the bars slip under load.
re: lightweight bar/stem comboCyclingWolf
Jul 27, 2001 9:45 PM
Well my EC-90 and Deda works just fine no slippage.
I had slippage also...biknben
Jul 29, 2001 7:39 PM
I installed the carbon bars with the Newton stem and they slipped. Every couple of weeks I would have to readjust. Had a horrific fear of ovetightening the bolts and having a catastrophic failure so I wouldn't crank down on the bolts. Had to admit, I never used a torque wrench. But anyway, the third or forth time I readjusted the bolts stripped anyway and I tossed that stem quicker than my daughter's dirty diaper. I'm currently using the 3T Zepp stem without any problems. 145 grams compared to 130? I'll live with the 3T and have more peace of mind.
about the prima 199mk_42
Jul 27, 2001 11:51 PM
I just got the prima 199 about a week ago. It's amazingly light. When on the bike, if you really put your weight on it, or really pull up a hill you can feel it give noticably (the bar bends, not permanently of course, but it bends much more than other bars I've used/felt and I'm not a big guy). I think it's a good thing because it's like a shock absorber, but some people might not like it.
Also: I'm having a little problem and it's possible that it's something about the bar. Check out my post in the main thread about it and see what other people say.

_42
series of trade offsgrandemamou
Jul 28, 2001 10:20 AM
I have the ITM mill. bar and stem very light but somewhat flexy. I weigh 145-50. The carbon bars easton/kestrel are very light and very stiff. The downside is you can't put on aero bars. So if you want to do any TT you would have to go without or switch bars. The lightest stem that I know of is ITM's new the stem. It's pretty pricey though.

Unless you plan to do TT your best bet may be ITM mill. stem with easton carbon bars.

You did not mention your weight or body type so it's a tough call if your a bruiser you may want to drop weight elsewhere on the bike because you may not have a stable enough platform for sprints with any of the above combos.
re: lightweight bar/stem combobadabill
Jul 28, 2001 12:17 PM
I use the TTT Forgie Prima 199 bar combo you are looking at. The stem is great, but the bar does have flex. I really notice the flex when hammering out of the saddle. If you are a heavyweight I would stay away from the prima bar and go with the easton carbon. I plan to change to the carbon bar soon.
re: lightweight bar/stem comboazukor
Jul 28, 2001 1:27 PM
I weigh 145-150. I might end up putting aero bars on, so I probably won't go w/ the carbon. Also really expensive. Thanks.

Adam
zepp XL oversized?azukor
Jul 28, 2001 11:16 PM
I've read that the TTT Zepp XL oversized is much stiffer, while remaining very light (140 stem & 215 bar). Any thoughts?
Thanks- Adam
ITM 'The Bar' and 'The Stem' are super light nmLBS Guy
Jul 28, 2001 1:55 PM
What bar has the best lightness to stiffness ratio?9WorCP
Jul 29, 2001 5:40 PM
I recently upgraded my Deda Zero stem to a Ritchey WCS. I was glad to lose the weight (approx. 80g) but it's the increased stiffness that really is making all the difference. I love this stem. I think 4 bolt designs are head and shoulders above 2 bolt set ups.

So what is the best bar for me? I'd rather have stiffness than lightness so I don't think the Prima 199 bar would do it for me. And another thing, I can't afford Easton carbon although I acknowledge it is among the best.

Any suggestions?