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Opinions on Zepp or ZeppXL stems? ....(7 posts)

Opinions on Zepp or ZeppXL stems? ....jeebus
Jan 24, 2002 1:27 PM
Hey guys,

I couldn't find anyone with a black Ritchey Pro stem 11cm for <$50. Most places are out of stock. Some even complained about the availability of Ritchey-badged taiwanese stuff. Whatever. It was nice for the price.

So I guess I'm looking for a new black stem for a 1" carbon steerer fork. I like the looks of the Zepp and ZeppXL (both ~$80). Any opinions on these? I want something safe and that won't enhance any flex possibly inherent in a 1" carbon steerer tube.

The Forgie(~$60) looks purdy too (except for the "forgie" logo), but has a one-bolt tightener for the steerer. I'm kinda worried about using a one-bolt stem on a carbon steerer.

So thumb's up on these? Or should I try to find a Ritchey WCS cheaper than $80 somewhere?

Despite being such a boring part of the bike, a good, inexpensive stem is hard to come by!


Jan 24, 2002 2:24 PM
not as light as the Ritchey WCS, but it seems like the nicest stem on the market to me. You'll need a shim and I don't know if they are recommended for carbon steerers or not. Speedgoat sells 'em for $70.
Jan 24, 2002 4:54 PM
I have a Forgie installed on my 1" carbon steerer (Ouzo Pro) and have had zero problems. Talked about using this stem with the mechanic at the LBS, where they build up a lot of high-zoot tri bikes using all-carbon forks. He said that while in general you don't want to use a one-bolt stem with a carbon steerer, due to the way the Forgie is manufactured (sorry, can't remember exactly what it was he said that set this stem apart from other one-bolt designs), using the Forgie was fine.
BTW, I did NOT buy the stem from him - it was already on the bike - so it's not like he was trying to sell me on the product.

Hope this helps.

I have a Zepp...biknben
Jan 24, 2002 10:39 PM
I tried a Forgie but couldn't get over the looks. I didn't care for the bulbous curves. But it was solid and gave me no trouble. I now have a Zepp. It's lighter than the Forgie (if 30-40gr means anything to you). Seems just as solid but has a more descrete look to it.

Either of these stems will do the job.
I have a Zepp ... Me too -- a cautionary tale.mja
Jan 25, 2002 5:35 AM
So learn from my experience: The M5 bolts should not be tightened more than 70 -- according to a post on VeloNews tech forum. And I agree! I snapped one off in the stem, despite greasing threads and using torque wrench set to manufacturer's specs. (The snapped-off bolt was quite difficult to remove.) I have since replaced the original Ti bolts with stainless, though I don't know if they are any stronger.

However, it is a fine looking piece of componentry.
stainless bolts won't snap-glad you could save the stem.<eom>Lewis
Jan 25, 2002 11:28 AM
I have a Zepp...TheMaxx
Jan 25, 2002 12:10 PM
I just got a new bike with a Zepp on it. I've only had a few rides, but it seems very stiff. Definitely much stiffer than my old threaded setup.