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ok, how about "smart" light stems, bars, and forks(1 post)

ok, how about "smart" light stems, bars, and forksgtx
Dec 9, 2003 10:07 AM
Thanks to everyone who replied to my thread yesterday. I get a bit worked up every time I hear of something like the scenario described by Doug. Several people made some very convincing arguments for the quality and durability of many of today's lightweight parts. So...how about a RBR list of "proven" weight weenie parts. Maybe keep it to front end stuff (stems, bars, and forks) but can we throw headsets into the conversation? I've heard that the design used by King to getaround the Aheadset patent perhaps puts more pressure on the steerer. Also, what kind of compatibility issues between stems, steerers, bars, etc. What are some proven parts and great combos? I've never heard anything bad about the Reynolds forks, the Ritchey WCS stems, or the ITM Pro 260 bars. I also have never heard bad things about the Thomson stem, but does it work well with a carbon steerer? What stuff would be good enough to go 3-5 years of hard riding? What bar and stem would you be willing to put on a cross bike and really thrash on? Thoughts? Rants?