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    Interesting stem: Avid SAAGO

    I searched for remedies to excessively short steerer tubes on forks. They include (1) buying a stem with a shorter stack heigh - most are 40mm tall and (2) buying a headset with a shorter stack height - they range from Cranks Bros on the low end at 21mm to cheaper models that can be over 35mm. I found this stem new old stock at a price cheaper than a new headset.

    I found that this (out of production) mountain bike stem has one of the shortest stack heights out there at 34mm. I was 5mm short so this is perfect.

    The installation is interesting: The collett fits over the fork and the headset is preloaded with the 5mm bolt. Then the stem slides over the collet and the 3 bolts are tightened into the collet. Think drill bit tightening. I haven't ridden it yet but it's reputed to be ultra-stiff due to the design. SAAGO=stiff as all get out. Name is super-lame though. Let's keep it abridged.

    Weight 209 gr.


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    i need to see it installed on a bike to make an opinion.

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    It hasn't been made since the sram bought Avid. What you have is a really good stem. Just remember to keep on top of the bolt tensions.
    Strike like an eagle and sacrifice the dove.
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    This picture illustrates how it works a bit better:



    That's really cool, never would have thought of a stem working like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ride Among Us View Post
    i need to see it installed on a bike to make an opinion.
    I'm really into it.


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    ^off topic
    what kind of grips are on the risers?

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    looks like regular track grips

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    origin 8?

    the stem looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beethaniel View Post
    origin 8?

    the stem looks great!
    Exactly. Thanks.

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