Advocacy & Safety - (Cheap) bike stem design
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07-13-05, 08:39 AM
To put this in perspective, I'm looking at a cheap stem design (quill-type with a wedge) that has a standard 6 sided hex head bolt to secure the wedge. The company that produces this bike recalled the stem and replaced it with basically the same design, only the bolt is now a recessed allen type.
Anyone have any opinions on the design differences? (i.e. what are the advantages of the allen bolt)
07-13-05, 08:53 AM
Maybe less risk of injury on the recessed allen head.
07-13-05, 10:59 AM
You can get more torque on a hex head making it less prone to slipping.
The allen head bolt looks nicer. Stems have been made with hex head bolts for a long time.
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