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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 10-11-12, 06:27 PM   #1
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Sexy Stem

So, I like my stem but there is always something better. In this case better would be a threadless stem with hidden bolts. The only two I have found so far are:
Thompson Elite:
Orbea Orca:

Are there others out there? Stems where the bolts can't easily be seen and don't stick out
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Old 10-11-12, 06:32 PM   #2
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http://www.crankbrothers.com/stems.php

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That Crank Bros stem is beautiful
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That Crank Bros stem is beautiful
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Sorry to be a debbie downer but internal shim type stems are notorious for slipping. Wouldn't be a problem on a roadie but with the amount of ballz 2 stemming we do, this might be a problem.

~To contirbute: you should check out the stems that PRO makes, there are some models where the bolts are recessed to a certain extent as thomsons.
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Looks good but probably prone to failure.

When thomson released the X2 and X4 stems, there was a good reason they both have a normal back to them.

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the x4 is blehh
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I run the X4 on the dirt jumper. The X4 is a mtb stem, same thing with that horrid crack brothers stem. I'll take function over aesthetics on a mtb anyday. Road, quill just does it for me.
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The CB stems had pretty decent reviews IIRC. Then again, they've got a solid reputation for being hit/miss on most things. Seeing as they've got the same design but for AM MTB, I'd imagine the internal shim mechanism is solid enough for riding fixed.
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Seeing as they've got the same design but for AM MTB
I didn't know that; but then again risers bring an entirely new equation to the table...
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If Cinelli had an updated re-release on the Alter, I'd most likely buy one (only came in 1")

In the mean time I'm in love with FSA, got the OS-99 to match the stock FSA carbon track on my FTP, my MTB, road and the Fetish Attak im putting toegeter all have the OS 115, which is a fairly simple yet elegant, CNC strong design.
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I would love the thomson x2 more if it had a closed back.
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either way...

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The X4 is a mtb stem.
Q Can X4 be used on a Roadbike?
A Yes, X2 is lighter and allows better aero bar compatibility, but if you want to use X4 on a 31.8 Road Handlebar you may.

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