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Stem Safety(3 posts)

Stem Safetydaniel_2001
Oct 2, 2002 5:43 PM
At present I have the Ritchey Comp threadless stem. This stem has a faceplate that is secured by two bolts. The new models now have faceplates secured by 4 bolts. I was wondering, should I spend $70 to upgrade to this stem? I sometimes worry that the faceplate and my safety are resting on two thin bolts.

Daniel
re: Stem SafetyFez
Oct 2, 2002 6:54 PM
maybe.

if this is a huge concern and you want a really sturdy stem, check out thomson. 4 bolts. read the reviews - most say it is really secure. price is about what other premium stems are. the only tradeoffs are a kind of bulky look, and an extra 50 grams over the "light" stems.
re: Stem Safetydivve
Oct 3, 2002 2:47 AM
I use a two bolt stem both on my mountain bike and road bike. No problems at all. Just make sure you keep the bolts torqued properly and apply some Loctite 242 on them. On an MTB they are also easier on carbon bars due to the "softer" grip.