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Bar/stem combo for larger rider??(8 posts)

Bar/stem combo for larger rider??Aztecs
Nov 14, 2002 8:42 AM
I am 6'2" 220. Any that I should stay away from. How about Deda Magic stem and bar? Any thoughts. Trying to build up a frame and have picked out everything else.

I think it's more than just size and weight.phacops rana
Nov 14, 2002 9:01 AM
It also depends on your riding style. I know some lighter weights who really honk on their bars. Me, I often times sprint from the drops, and when you're applying that much stress from the extremities of the bars, you need a good, strong bar/stem combo. I guess of you're not a huge sprinter it won't make too much difference. In my case, I hate bar/stem squeaks, and they become apparent in those sprints. This is usually solved by torquing down the bar to the stem. The problem is that some of the new lightweight stems have smaller bolts and have lower torque tightening recommendations. Magnesium stems I won't even touch--I'm still leary of Mg's tendency to strip its threading. Maybe the new alloys have solved this problem, but I think I'll wait it out. For the record, my favorite stems are still the steel Salsa and Yamaguchi. Heavy, but they are dead-on reliable. Nice big bolts, no squeaks, stiff, and worry-free strong. The Yamaguchi is also beautifully fillet brazed. ITM's Big One (horrible name) is also pretty nice, and Ritchey's newest offerings look good.
Thomson Elite stem for ultimate strength and safety. -nmTig
Nov 14, 2002 4:28 PM
re: Bar/stem combo for larger rider??DINOSAUR
Nov 14, 2002 9:17 AM
I weigh 200 and use a Deda Magic bar and Deda Newton 31.7 combo and don't have any problems. I think the magic stem is a little heavier than the Newton but you should do fine.
re: Bar/stem combo for larger rider??jaybird
Nov 14, 2002 9:50 AM
I am similar in size and I have the Newton 26 stem and bar. If I could do it over again I would have gone with one of the oversize (31) but I am still very confident in my 26. The result for me is that I have just learned not to use my upper body as much as I used to and I feel more relaxed at the end of a ride.
Oversized is definitely the way to goCitius
Nov 14, 2002 2:39 PM
I am a larger (6' 3" 195 lbs) sprinter. I have the oversized Newton bar / stem combo on three bikes (two road and one cross). It is one of the lightest combos around, but one of the strongest as well. I don't detect much flex whatsoever. I am a flatlands rider, so just about everytime I ride with our club, we end up in a 38mph sprint-a-thon. The Newton system holds together well.

If you're interested, I have a 46cm (measured outside to outside) oversized Newton bar that I am selling. It's just as strong as the Magic, but lighter. Drop me an Email.

Good Luck
I Cant Tell Between ThemBigLeadOutGuy
Nov 15, 2002 4:02 AM
Ive used the oversized bars and stems as well as the standard size and cant tell the difference between the two. the only difference i notice is that with the oversize bars its a lot tougher trying to get your computer to mount to the bars. Flex hasnt been much of an issue and I am 6`4`` 240lbs. Just buy a quality stem and bars system and you will be fine.
BLOG's rightSherpa23
Nov 15, 2002 7:32 AM
There is not much a difference when you are actually pulling on the bars. The oversize are definitely more harsh, though. I use regular bars but in the heavier weights: Deda 285 and 310. I don't want a lighter handlebar with the same stiffness either because there are serious advantages in having a heavier handlebar that go beyond stiffness. Some of those advantages include greater fatigue resistance, crash durability, and overall durability. And I am 5'10", 158lbs.