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look ergostem(5 posts)

look ergostemmaddog
Sep 29, 2002 11:51 AM
Has anyone had any experiences with Look's adjustable stem? It seems as though my fit changes throughout my riding season (due to herniated disks and stenosis in my lower back.) My feeling is that the stem rise and height could vary by as much as a couple of centimeters depending on my fitness and flexibility at the time. I guess my main concern is that the stem may slip. It's also a bit pricey for my budget - so Id hate to buy at and be disappointed. The real advantage is, though, that with the ergostem you can adjust reach and height independently.

Maybe there are other options? I have heard that giant makes an adjustable road stem, but have not been able to find any information. Thanks, in advance, for the info and advice.
Look ergostem = gold standardKerry
Sep 29, 2002 4:32 PM
If you want a high performance adjustable stem, the Look is the standard. Expensive & heavy, but the most flexible. If you really do need to change positions throughout the year, this is the way to do it. However, you might consider doing stretching and strength exercises in the off season (and perhaps throughout the season) so that you are not constantly having to change positions. If the changes are due to your condition flaring up, then maybe the Ergostem is your answer.
Look ergostem = gold standardmaddog
Sep 30, 2002 8:18 AM
Thanks for the information. Yeah, my conditions seems to be odd in that flexibility changes with fitness, but stretching actually does little good - or a bit of harm in that it is often associated with some inflammation. The more I ride, the better my back is - but you can only do so much riding in Wisconsin in January.

Are there other stems that allow for adjustment for both reach and height? It seems as though there should be in that the design of the ergostem is not revolutionary in any way.

Other options(to save some cash) are to purchase another shorter stem with a bit of rise, to provide an alternative position or one of the adjustible stems with a single pivot.
Look ergostem = gold standardDougSloan
Sep 30, 2002 9:09 AM
I've not seen others that vary both reach and height, but rather than pivot up and down at the rear. They are pretty cheap.

Check e-bay for the Look Ergo.
put one on my TT bikeDougSloan
Sep 29, 2002 4:56 PM
I put one on my Cervelo time trial bike, as the Profile Carbon X was too low for 200+ mile rides. The Look has an amazing range of adjustment, and I figure the advantage of dialing in body position far outweighs the disadvantages of extra weight and slightly less aerodynamics. It's easy to totally change positions, from low slung superman to up high and easy on the back and neck, changing in less than one minute. Just leave plenty of cable length.