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Looking for a good deal on a good stem (90mm)(6 posts)

Looking for a good deal on a good stem (90mm)Skyeward
Nov 22, 2002 1:52 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm looking to get a shorter stem to fit my bike better. I need something for a 1 1/8" threadless headset, in 90mm (in 80*, or -10* rise? whatever makes the stem level to the ground/top tube). Does anyone where to get a good stem on sale, or can reccomend something that's cheaper (~$50) but still stiff and strong?

I'm not really sure how much difference I'm going to notice with a $50 stem or a $90 one, but I want something with minimal flex. Let me know your opinions.

Thanks a bunch,


P.S. no oversized clamps, by bars are regular.
Try a 73* (or -13*) stem = horizontal. nmgogene
Nov 22, 2002 2:01 PM
D'oh! Of course I meant -17* = horizontal. nmgogene
Nov 22, 2002 9:17 PM
don't buy cheap...C-40
Nov 22, 2002 2:11 PM
In stems, you get what you pay for, up to a point.

I find that the 4-bolt models hold the bars in place far better than 2-bolt models.

The Ritchey Pro Road is a good value. Excel Sports wants $70 for it, but maybe it can be had cheaper elswhere. I use the more expensive WCS, which is a tiny bit lighter and $20 more.

You don't mention if you are using spacers under the stem, but it you have 2cm, or more, get the 84 degree angle, which will create an 11 degree stem rise, and reduce the spacers.

Looks dumb to have a horizontal stem with a big stack of spacers under it.
-17 = level to the groundKerry
Nov 22, 2002 2:25 PM
The total of the head tube angle and the stem angle = 90. Since the head tube is always 73/74 or so, a "-17" stem is what will get your stem parallel to the ground. Some makers call this a zero degree stem, while others call their zero degree stem the one that is perpendicular to the steerer tube. You have to be careful on this.
Thomson -17*, you'll never need another. Install and forget. nmSpunout
Nov 22, 2002 3:27 PM