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Stem questions(11 posts)

Stem questionsJohnIV
May 7, 2003 7:26 AM
I'm looking for a new stem, and I've got a few questions. I've got the old Newton stem (blue lettering on the body), and it's 2 years old. I'm pretty sure DEDA recommends replacing the stem every 2-3 years. Anyway, my first question is were the first newton stems an 80 degree rise, or 82? Secondly, could anyone recommend a a stem that can be used on a carbon steerer, is stiff and reliable, 25.8 clamp, and does not have titanium bolts. I'd prefer a 4 bolt front face plate, but if the 2 bolt face holds it in place, then that's just fine. I just don't want to pay $200 for a stem, and have it recommended I replace it in 2 years. Thanks for your help.
Ritchey WCStarwheel
May 7, 2003 7:53 AM
It's hard to find anything better than a Ritchey WCS or Pro for the money, in my view. Light, strong, good range of sizes. They have 4-bolt face plates. Cost is well below $100 -- about $80 at most places for the WCS and $60 for the Pro.
ditto on the Ritchey WCSM_Lou
May 7, 2003 8:01 AM
I went from the Newton to the Ritchey and am thoroughly pleased with the rtichey stem. The face plate on the Ritchey does a better job holding the bars securely and silently. It's also about $30-40 less than the Deda
Ritchey WCS stem lengthmarkkar
May 7, 2003 11:11 AM
Is the stem length measurement 110mm etc. measured parallel to the extension or parallel to the ground regardless of stem angle?
parallel to the extension....C-40
May 7, 2003 1:08 PM
Since most of today's threadless stems can be flipped, the only meaningful measurement is parallel to the extension. The stem's horizontal reach will always be shorter when flipped to the higher rise position.
re: Stem questionsJuanmoretime
May 7, 2003 7:55 AM
I can't answer your Deda questions. I'm current riding a Ritchey WCS stem, very light 135 grans, steel bolts and it does have a 4 bolt clamp. Best of all, no creak.
WCS = Good Stem!Nessism
May 7, 2003 8:25 AM
Another vote for the WSC stem. Seems very well made and sturdy considering the weight. And speaking of weight, my 110 mm stem weighs 160 grams including the 1" adapter sleeve (sleeve weighs 10 grams). I was relieved to find the actual weight was more than advertised since I'm no fan of super light parts.

You might want to check out the new Performance Forte Pro stem. 2014 aluminum (strong stuff), four bolt clamp, -/+ 8 degrees, and only $40 http://www.performancebike.com/shop/Profile.cfm?SKU=16194

Another reasonable choice is the Supergo Weyless stem. Similar specs to the WCS but with a carbon wrapped center section for about $40. Nice stem for the price.

Ed
WCS againMR_GRUMPY
May 7, 2003 8:17 AM
130mm, no noise, no slip. Anything lighter than this= big bucks.
Just bought a Ritchey Pro for $45 from LicktonsTNSquared
May 7, 2003 11:52 AM
and love it. They have the -17 degree in stock and can order the -6. Both are reversible. Looked at the WCS, but for the price difference, went with the Pro.

Searched alot and this was by far cheapest price for the Pro.

Check out www.lickbike.com. (And I don't work there! They are in Chicago - I'm in Memphis.)
pro here alsoJS Haiku Shop
May 7, 2003 12:02 PM
...ritchey pro on my cross bike. have used it almost a year, has mucho miles and quite a bit of bangin' around. have changed stack height several times, and flipped stem a couple times. cheap, works, looks not bad. was part of the 'cross build kit from excel in boulder. FWIW.
I don't know what size you need but if a 100mm -17 willJuanmoretime
May 7, 2003 12:17 PM
work, Colorado Cyclist is closing out that size for $49.99.