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    (did a search, no find)

    hey guys...are there any pro's or con's to having either a front load stem vs top load stem? or not really?

    thanks for input

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    They'll grip your bars all the same, but I find it a lot easier to adjust a frontload stem than a topload, because your allen wrench won't run into the handlebars while tightening them down on a frontload.

    I also think that frontload stems look a lot better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beerman

    I also think that frontload stems look a lot better.

    yeah...me too. although i came across a couple that were angled more like 45 degrees that i kind of liked as well. i will most likely get the Chock full of nuts because it has a cool name AND is front loaded. what more could one ever really ask for?

    i guess i just want to make sure one didn't prevent bar rotation over another or something. i am not too keen on some of the novel clamping systems i have found in different brands. something is making me want the classic two bolt stem clamp

    okay coolio...more questions to come for sure!!!

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    front load will usually put your bars higher.

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    Because you can't flip the stem over or anything.

    And the most popular frontloaders ever, the S&M Rednecks are drop stems. As is the CFN that he's looking into.

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    Both types of stems can look good depending on which one you get...


    for example an S&M redneck (any version) looks just as good as a Fit S2 or S3 Stem..(im my opinion...)

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    i personally hate the look of the series 2 and 3 stem.

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    the series 3 looks a little weird but it still has most of the clean look of its fatter, older brother, the series 2

    but for now i have a Redneck LT so, no more cheating on it for me...i stand by Rednecks becuase mine has NEVER slipped....

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    my haro fusion stem never slipped either...it probally weighs a ton though

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    I had a Haro stem as well, but i sold it...

    it never slipped either...but they are pretty heavy for todays "standards" of weight weenies...(like myself...)

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    the fit sereis 2 and 3 are nice, the superstar elect looks the same aswell i like them
    ive got the 45 degree coalition one its a good stem nothin gone wrong

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    You can also sink threads deeper into a front-loader, making it harder to strip. And front-loaders don't have holes going all the way through the body for the faceplate, making them less likely to crack at the inserts.

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