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Old 11-19-04, 11:54 AM
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Ritchey stem and seatpost quality

I was planning on using Ritchey Pro for my seatpost, stem and handlebars as they seemed like a good balance of cost, weight, and quality. I can get all three for well under $100 total. However, reading some of the reviews, I see a LOT of complaints about Ritchey seatposts and stems not being able to stay clamped tightly. I'm even more surprised at the comments that Ritchey's quality has seriously declined in the last few years and am considering going with a different brand. So, two questions:

1. What are your thoughts on the quality of Ritchey stems and seatposts?

2. What other brands would you recommend in the $100-$150 range (total for seatpost, stem, and handlebar)? I'd like to keep all three matched, if possible.

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I have a used Ritchey stem that came on my bike when I bought it and I've never had a problem with it. It seems to clamp tightly and stay clamped. Of course, it's at least a couple of years old, so I can't speak for current quality.

As for other brands, I'd consider Thomson, Syncros and RaceFace.
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Old 11-19-04, 02:27 PM
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Ritchey stems are really nice for the money IMO. They're light weight and I have had no problems with either the WCS or Pro models.

I have no experience with the seatposts as I'm real happy with the Thomson posts I've been using for years.
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I've never used a Ritchey stem before, but I have a Ritchey post, and me at 280lbs, it stays in place, and hasn't bent on me. Also had a Ritchey straight bar, and it had a nice finish, small stem alignment marks on it so you could get it centered correctly without hassle, seemed ok to me, just changed it out for a riser is all.
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