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Cheap stem help(4 posts)

Cheap stem helpgs6769
May 29, 2002 4:12 AM
Anybody have any advice for making one of those cheeseball Icon stems stop making that annoying 'tink tink' noise? It comes from the stem/bar interface area on the left side. I've already removed the bar binder bolt, cleaned and re-greased it which helped for a bit but now the noise is back. It happens from a standing start or climbing when I'm pulling on the brake hoods.
I know what my bike is really saying is 'buy a new stem' but I'll have to ignore that common sense until cash flow improves.
re: Cheap stem helpAndy M-S
May 29, 2002 9:15 AM
I like Icon stems, but if yours is making noise, there are a couple of possibilities. The scary one is that you have one of the recalled stems. Since you say "bar binder bolt" as opposed to "bolts," I suspect yours may be on the recall list.

Get thee to a Trek dealer and check it out. You should be able to get a replacement fairly quickly...
May 29, 2002 2:12 PM
Thanks for the recall tip! Turns out mine's ok as it's on the 2000 Klein I bought a couple of weeks ago and the bad ones were on 99's. Still, I checked it against the photos of the 'good' and 'bad' ones posted on the 'net and I'm lookin' good recallwise.
maybe I'll just have embrace the sage words of one Lennard Zinn "learn to live with it or buy a new one.".
Trek has had my stem 3 months and counting (trek rant)maximum15
May 30, 2002 2:55 AM
Santa Claus brought me a new Salsa stem -- but not the one I wanted. Put it on the bike and took the Icon stem to the LBS for replacement in February. They still haven't gotten one back from Trek because Trek is out of them. The sad part of this is that this is my second really bad experience with Trek. The first was when I ordered a rear derailer hanger bracket for my wife's bike. That took about one month. Oh well, time for another nasty letter to Treks lack-of-customer-service department. In the meantime, I am riding one of those "0 degree" stems and sitting about an inch higher than I like.