I've got a Trek 4300 that I'm pretty pleased with but looking to make a small change. It comes with a Bontrager Sport stem with a 25deg rise. That sits a little too high for me and I'd like to stretch out a wee bit further. I've already moved the spacers to above the stem to see if I'm comfortable reaching a little lower and it was a huge improvement in comfort. Here's my question...
I'd like to buy a new stem, 10deg rise or less with between 110mm and 120mm length. Am I better off just going back to my LBS and paying them $29 for a Bontrager Select stem or is there something better and or cheaper out there? I notice that on Nashbar I can get a Easton EA70 for $19, which after shipping would be close to the same price. Is the EA70 a better stem or pretty much the same? Any other suggestions on stems? With the 4300 I obviously don't want to spend too much $$ but at the same time really want to get the different stem to make it more comfortable without buying something so cheap that it's careless/dangerous. Thanks in advance for any advice you guys have.
The Easton is an excellent stem, and a steal at $19.99. However, at that price, Nashbar has only one (slightly odd) size available. Are you absolutely sure you want a 110mm 0 degree rise stem? That's going to be a pretty radical change from what you've got now.
The Bontrager is a fine stem as well, plus you'll have the advantage of trying out a few different sizes at your LBS. Getting the right size stem is more important than who manufactures it, IMO. In fact, depending on what kind of riding you do, I'm sure your LBS could fix you up with a perfectly safe & functional generic stem for $10 to $15.