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Anybody want to recommend a svelt stem?(8 posts)

Anybody want to recommend a svelt stem?BowWow
Nov 8, 2003 9:16 PM
I'm replacing my -17 degree Ritchey with a 0 degree (or is it a 90 degree?) stem. Any ideas? Looks and functionality are important here - being a very shallow character...

While we're at it, why do they measure the angle of road and MTB stems differently? Being an old mtb'r I understand 0 degree, 10 degree, 15 degree, etc. It seems that road stems are different?
re: Anybody want to recommend a svelt stem?divve
Nov 8, 2003 9:42 PM
Measurements are the same whether it's for MTB or road. The difference is the nomenclature. In MTB it's standard practice to use a relative format starting from zero @ 90deg. and for road absolute is more common.
Nov 9, 2003 7:29 AM
Syntace just came out with a new 90 degree stem that is ultralight (around 100 grams). See it at Great site if you read German.

If you want a cheap 90 degree stem, then the Ritchey Comp weighing 160 grams would be a possibility. It's only $40 at Excel sports. You might find it cheaper on closeout elsewhere.
How much do you want to spend?russw19
Nov 9, 2003 9:59 AM
In my opinion, the two best stems on the market right now are the Deda Newton (light aluminium with Ti bolts) and the Stella Azzurra Magnesium stem. The Stella is about twice as much as the Deda, but it comes in at about 95 grams. The Deda is more like 135 grams. Also, I would suggest you hold off until around late Feb, to early March if you don't really need the stem right now. That way all the new and cool stuff that was shown at Interbike will actually be available. FSA had some nice stuff on show, but hasn't updated their website to include it yet.

Slightly irrelevant footnoteAllUpHill
Nov 9, 2003 3:39 PM
I don't know what size stem Stella Azzurra weighed when they came up with their 100 gram claim. Maybe a 60 centimeter model without the bolts. I own a Vice Versa Mag in 11 cm and it checked in at 126 grams with bolts. Classic example of overly-optimistic manufacturer specs. Aside from that minor gripe, it's a good, solid stem.

Russ if you've actually measured one at 95 grams, that would be interesting to know.
Nope not personally, sorry to say it but I bought the hyperussw19
Nov 9, 2003 6:44 PM
I bought into the hype on that one. 30 grams over claimed weight for a stem is really bad! 30 grams on a wheelset isn't so bad, but on that stem it's a 30% miscalculation and that's horrible.

Damn, 126! My Newton is that light and cost me over $120 less.

Deda Zero re: Anybody want to recommend a svelt stem?charlieboy
Nov 10, 2003 1:53 AM
Deda Zero Cheapish, cold forged, hasn't got that CNC machined clunky look, can be customised with coloured frontplates = svelte!! Unfortunately only for 26mm diameter bars.
re: Anybody want to recommend a svelt stem?MShaw
Nov 10, 2003 12:23 PM
What's wrong with another Ritchey? Get the WCS in 84 degree and you'll have about the same weight as the rest of the super-expensive stuff.

Even more important: are you willing to sacrifice strenght for durability in your stem? The one thing that holds your handlebars to the bike? I'm not, but that's me. I'm not convinced that the Magnesium and carbon stems have the long-term durability of forged AL stems. Time will definitely tell...

more $.02.