Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Canberra, Australia
Bikes: Salsa mtb * 3, Intense mtb * 1, Abeni SS rd * 1, Salsa road/touring * 2, Trek Damn one * 1, Vintage/projects * many
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I have a shimano 600 stem, which is supposed to share an identical forged component, with slightly heavier hardware. I like the design. Used with a 26.0mm handlebar (as designed) they work nicely. I'm currently using mine with a 25.4mm bar and the proper Nitto shim. It makes a bit of noise under hard sprinting but I put that down to the shim setup.
They certainly look nice and clean. Just make sure you use a decent 6mm allen key, not a ball-end one, and a cheater pipe/ring spanner on the end to get the clamp nice and tight.