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Do you own a top end stem?

Discussion in 'Components, Accessories and Clothing' started by walker, 26 Feb 2008.

  1. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    I am looking for a new stem and I have a budget of £100. I was looking at the ITM 101 as it looks good and seems practical to go on my race bike.

    Does anyone else own a near top end stem that they could recomend?

    I currently have the Planet X 3d forged light stem 90mm. Looking to gain an extra 20mm
     
  2. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    If I was spending that sort of dosh on something that just holds handlebars I'd get an Extralite. More blingy than that ITM and less than half the weight. Cheaper, too!

    I assume you have oversized bars, as the ITM only comes in 31.8, so the 110mm Extralite weighs 87g v 174g (manuf. claims).
     
  3. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    I'd go for lightest as well - some of the alu ones are lighter than carbon as well.
     
  4. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    My Felt currently has the FSA OS115 stem.
    Titanium bolts and carbon clamp plate.
    Perfect fit. 35mm stack height with 90mm length.
    It weighs 138g which isn't the lightest but at +- 6 degrees it was perfect for my needs.
    It was originally £90. Most shops sell it for approx £80.
    I paid £30 from CRC.
    My Felt 1.2 stem is 100mm and weighs 155g which isn't too bad.
    The Deda Newton stems are pretty light.
    My new bike will have a FSA OS99 stem at 98g in weight.
    I like FSA build quality too. Precision engineered, attractive and superb fitment.
    :biggrin:
     
  5. OP
    OP
    walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent

    Just searched it and it is very light, only thing is it looks a bit weak, I am quite a puller when it comes to sprinting at the end of a race and something like that might not hold up to my strength, have you any body that has used this to find if its robust enough?
     
  6. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    I got deda newton which works well enough for me. anymore money would be a waste imo
     
  7. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    just get the cheapest one piece carbon one that you like.
    Surely you don't need to spend £100 for that?
    Any more and you're just paying for a name.
     
  8. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Why not go for a Ritchey WCS which weighs around 120g and costs about 40 quid? Could afford some swish titanium bolts for it and a sack of energy bars!
     
  9. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Thomson X2 is nice and strong.

    http://www.lhthomson.com/gallery/X2side2.jpg
     
  10. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Carbon on a stem - oooooooooooooh' ! close to the edit.
     
  11. OP
    OP
    walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    I like the idea of a ritchey stem. The WCS range have had some great publicity on their performance.
     
  12. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
  13. kyuss

    kyuss Über Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    I've got a Thomson X2. If you're a sprinter or big guy that's putting a lot of power through the bars I'd highly recommend it. A super stiff, super strong and totally gorgeous piece of kit. Obviously you can get lighter, but 147 grams for a 110mm is not exactly heavy.
     
  14. OP
    OP
    walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    sounds more my thing Kyuss, cheers
     
  15. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Err, hello...

    I mentioned that one already and supplied a link to a picture!