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favorite bar/stem combo?(10 posts)

favorite bar/stem combo?collinsc
Apr 6, 2002 1:27 PM
concerning stiffness, weight, price and aesthetics what do you think to be the best bar/stem setup?

I know the WCS stem is pretty popular, but is it available oversized? is that even a concern?

Knowledge, opinion, guessing and even outright bullshitting are all welcome responses.
Thanks for your help,
Apr 6, 2002 3:03 PM
I like the Deda Magic bar and stem combo. They're fairly light, 147g stem and 247g bar, and I like the shape of the drops. They're oversize and the REALLY stiff. The stem's forged, not a CNC'd superlight weight, but I like its looks. I had the ITM Millenium stuff on another bike and it's nice, but not as stiff as the Deda.
Apr 6, 2002 8:58 PM
The dedas are light, stiff, looks pretty good, and worry free. The Newtons are also great if you don't pay full retail.

One caveat, they don't match frames with thinner tubes. Once I saw a Deda Magic on a Independent Fab steel bike. The aesthetics are totally off.

The looks of Ritchey parts have never impressed me, whether they are wheels, skewers, wheels, stems, or bars. Especially those bars. Porbably the ugliest bar on the market. Since they are all comparable in prices to Cinelli, ITM, TTT, Deda, I'd definitely go Italian.
Salsa stem & Easton carbon bar = :)KLM
Apr 6, 2002 9:12 PM
stiffness and light weight. My Lemond Zurich is very happy that way.

re: favorite bar/stem combo?riney
Apr 6, 2002 9:38 PM
W/o singing a bad rendition of "made in the USA" I gotta say the Ritchey Pro series is the way to go. Even stiffer than the WCS, it is a dream of a set up. Four bolt face plate, super comfy ergonomic bar bend, and good looking in a very subdued way. Plenty stiff for all but the craziest Cippo/Steels human blenders on EPO types.
Thomson stem, Monkeylite riser bar.Leisure
Apr 7, 2002 3:10 AM
Hey, you said all out BS was okay.
3t mutant combo for meIcefrk13
Apr 7, 2002 7:42 AM
re: experiance with the zepp stem/bar?sctri
Apr 7, 2002 3:23 PM
Anyone have any experiance with the zepp stem, and its respective lightwieght bar? (forget its title...)

its super light, but only a two bolt faceplate, does this leave it flexy?


The zepp stem is rock solid. I have it paired with an ITMbill
Apr 7, 2002 7:35 PM
Millenium bar that I'm not crazy about. Thinking about going to the 3TTT 199.
I'm using a 110 mm Zeppdjg
Apr 8, 2002 5:37 AM
and find it pretty solid. But then, I'm only 185 lbs.

Wasn't crazy about the shape of the Prima 199 bars--so far I'm liking the Easton carbon bars, which are funky looking but, to my hands, comfortable.