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Softride Stem - lateral torsion a problem?

Old 05-21-14, 11:40 AM
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Softride Stem - lateral torsion a problem?

Hello all --

I recently bought a Softride quill stem used (obviously) locally via Craigslist. I'm fine with what I thought is the "normal" motion but this unit also has side-to-side torsion when I bare-down on one side of the handlebars.

The question is -- is this normal or a defect?

I will never get used to this but I don't want to resell it if it is defective. I have tightened up the Allen bolts on the top hinge points and the quill is inserted into the head tube as far as it will go. Everything is tight and I don't don't see any visible signs of wear. In fact it is really clean and new looking. I have tightened the spring pre-load close to the maximum, although this is not for the motion that is the problem. Also, when there is no handlebar in the stem I can't apply enough torque to feel and movement, so it is not drastically loose or anything like that. Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 05-22-14, 09:14 AM
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Rebuild Kit needed

Softride stems are user serviceable by simply re-bushing the dogbone+lower stabilizer fittings(alum stems only), this will take care of the side-side motion you described.
And back off the spring pre-load.
Only tighten allen hex screw until spring is secured in place, further tightening past this point will only reduce suspension throw.



Originally Posted by arbalest View Post
Hello all --

I recently bought a Softride quill stem used (obviously) locally via Craigslist. I'm fine with what I thought is the "normal" motion but this unit also has side-to-side torsion when I bare-down on one side of the handlebars.

The question is -- is this normal or a defect?

I will never get used to this but I don't want to resell it if it is defective. I have tightened up the Allen bolts on the top hinge points and the quill is inserted into the head tube as far as it will go. Everything is tight and I don't don't see any visible signs of wear. In fact it is really clean and new looking. I have tightened the spring pre-load close to the maximum, although this is not for the motion that is the problem. Also, when there is no handlebar in the stem I can't apply enough torque to feel and movement, so it is not drastically loose or anything like that. Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 05-22-14, 09:20 AM
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Where to get rebuild kit?

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Softride stems are user serviceable by simply re-bushing the dogbone+lower stabilizer fittings(alum stems only), this will take care of the side-side motion you described.

Thanks. Where do you get new bushings? Softride does not sell them. Are they off the shelf parts?
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Old 05-22-14, 10:32 AM
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Ebay has the reb kits occasionally available,
This softride bike owners facebook group may be your best bet w a plea for the bushing kit:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/36519069043/
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