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Which is sexier?(20 posts)

Which is sexier?Ahimsa
Mar 19, 2003 8:02 PM
The Thomson stem?

or the Salsa stem?

...and why?


Thomson has sexier linesbsdc
Mar 19, 2003 8:11 PM
The Thompson has a rugged elegance,STEELYeyed
Mar 19, 2003 9:03 PM
but I still prefer the Dedas.
salsa mectisevn
Mar 19, 2003 9:15 PM
salsa=simple, smooth unobtrusive design.
thompson= overly aggressive. looks like a weapon.
go Thomson - more knee-friendlygtx
Mar 19, 2003 9:46 PM
I liked the old Salsa stem better w/o the faceplate. Thomson would be my pick cause it's knee friendly and top quality. I think it's the nicest threadless stem on the market.
Definitely SalsaStampertje
Mar 20, 2003 1:02 AM
Sleek, stylish, smooth
Not like the boorishly blunt looks of the Thompson
What can I say...
It's hot
thompson-salsa has no ass!nmthe bull
Mar 20, 2003 3:58 AM
The Salsa is ugly.Matno
Mar 20, 2003 4:57 AM
The Thomson is a beautiful piece of art, but I'm astounded by how many people rave about how "beautiful" the Salsa is. Who combines polished with matte on the same part? For that matter, what's the deal with stems having faceplates that don't match? The black/silver combo is just messy looking, IMHO. Who cares if that's what Lance rides... I'm also not a fan of "thin" steerer clamps. They just look wimpy. Occasionally they look okay if they match the rest of the bike (e.g. a small-tubed Ti bike), otherwise forget it.
Faceplates that do not matchFez
Mar 20, 2003 6:42 AM
Bars have been silver for a long time. Recently there are more black bars on the market.

Lots of stems are black now. Putting a black stem on a silver bar looked a little weird at first, especially from the front view. So the silver faceplate smoothes the transition when you are using silver bars.

Use black stem, black bars, and black tape.

I'm still looking for a nice lightweight, slim silver stem. Thomson does make a silver stem, but its not exactly light or slim in profile.
Try SalsaMel Erickson
Mar 20, 2003 7:15 AM

Custom Cro-Moly Stems
At Salsa, we have always believed that bike fit is the key to an enjoyable ride, so we offer our stems in more sizes than you can shake a stick at. But there are still way more people in this world than there are stem sizes on this website. Salsa's Custom Cro-Moly Stem Program is designed to fit your needs.

If your current stem isn't quite perfect, or if you're looking for something special, we'll try our darndest to do it. Just head on down to your local bike shop. With their expertise, they can size you up on your bike and order a custom cro-moly stem built just for you!

I bet they would do a silver stem for you.
if you think stems are sexy ...tarwheel
Mar 20, 2003 4:57 AM
you've got issues ; )
Thomson, but...El Kabong
Mar 20, 2003 5:20 AM
The Thomson is definiely sexier, but unfortunately the clamping mechanism does not work very well. It's a PITA to install and remove, and it tends to jam and strip out. I was very careful with mine and didn't actually strip it, but every time I worked on it (this was a mountain bike where I would remove the stem to service the fork) it was clearly right on the edge of stripping. I don't use the Thomson anymore.

El K.
Que es mas macho?? (nm)Alexx
Mar 20, 2003 5:31 AM
Neither--try the Ritchey Pro (nm)KEN2
Mar 20, 2003 6:33 AM
Salsa looks good on thin tubed steel or "classic" bikesFez
Mar 20, 2003 7:07 AM
Salsa threadless stem is a good choice for new or old steel bikes that are outfitted or upgraded with threadless forks. It is thin, probably because it is one of the few chromoly stems out there. Stiff, but not exactly featherlight.

If you are talking quill stems, I loved the Salsa, mainly due to lack of other choices. It was slim, yet had a removable faceplate. And as long as you aren't near the min insertion line, the "unpainted" zone isn't visible.

The Thomson looks great on road bikes with no spacer stack. It is easy not to use spacers with the Thomson since it is taller to begin with, and it comes in an angle as high as +5 degrees, which eliminates approx 2.5cm of spacers on a conventional 80 degree stem.
this is truetarwheel
Mar 20, 2003 9:09 AM
I tried a bunch of different stems on my steel Gios when dialing in the fit. The Salsa just looked better than all the other threadless options, mainly because of the smaller tubing. Bulkier stems, however, probably would look better on a frame with oversized tubing. Ritchey WCS and Pro are good options in either case.
yep, on steel Salsa and on AL go Thomsonlaffeaux
Mar 20, 2003 10:30 AM
I've had a Thomson stem on a steel bike and it looks a bit funny - too big compared to the other tubes. I've also run a smaller stem on an oversized AL bike, and it too looks funny. Keep the stem shaft diameter comparable to the rest of the bike for good looks.

I prefer the Salsa quill to the threadless design. The threadless clamp is a bad idea waiting to rip open your knee. For threadless on a steel bike, go Ritchey.
thompson, looks stronger more rugged.....nmafrican
Mar 20, 2003 7:55 AM
I went with Tompson...sturdy, no creeking & nice looking [nm]bent_spoke
Mar 20, 2003 8:54 AM
Cinelli Solido. -nmSnowBlind
Mar 20, 2003 9:22 AM