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Old 11-20-04, 08:58 AM
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Yeah, cheesy way to get some advice, but what the hell

I was originally going to use all Ritchey Pro for my seatpost, stem, and handlebars. After reading some iffy reviews of the latest Ritchey stuff, I'm thinking that may not be a great idea even though Ritchey Pro is some of the lightest AND cheapest I've found. So here's the challenge:

Recommend a seatpost (27.2), stem (100-120mm 5ish deg rise/drop), and handlebar (flat) for a 16" XT-equipped hard tail. Total cost cannot exceed $175US using standard online dealers (Pricepoint, Jenson, Cambria, etc.).

Bonus points awarded for a) matching all three (not required, just a bonus) and b) recommending a sealed cartridge bearing headset to go with the set.
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I recommend doing some soul searching. Find it for yourslef, man!

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Old 11-20-04, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Akak
Yeah, cheesy way to get some advice, but what the hell

I was originally going to use all Ritchey Pro for my seatpost, stem, and handlebars. After reading some iffy reviews of the latest Ritchey stuff, I'm thinking that may not be a great idea even though Ritchey Pro is some of the lightest AND cheapest I've found. So here's the challenge:

Recommend a seatpost (27.2), stem (100-120mm 5ish deg rise/drop), and handlebar (flat) for a 16" XT-equipped hard tail. Total cost cannot exceed $175US using standard online dealers (Pricepoint, Jenson, Cambria, etc.).

Bonus points awarded for a) matching all three (not required, just a bonus) and b) recommending a sealed cartridge bearing headset to go with the set.
Seatpost:Thomson:$80
Stem:Race Face Prodigy Stem:$41
Handlebar:Easton EA 70 handle bar:$45

Total Cost: $166
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Old 11-20-04, 03:20 PM
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Too little info supplied to make a reasonable recommendation.


Example, the Ritchey stem will be more or less compatible with one steer tube/head tube geometry than another stem.

On a hard tail the frame material, the seat post extension, your weight and riding style and if you adjust it during rides is very important to picking the best post for the job.

Granted all these little nuances don’t become apparent until you gain some experience but therein lies the rub. The more guesses I need to make about you and your bike the less clear will be my vision.

This post is not just for you, but for all the peeps who want to know ‘what is the best whatever.’
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Old 11-20-04, 05:34 PM
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Thompson seatpost and stem, no matter what you do, they are awesome and incredibly strong + light. Bars I usually go with Easton or Titec. Both companies make very nice stuff with a good warranty and good reputation.

Ritchey stuff now is absolutely crap... their seatposts are the worst I have ever used in my life. I'm 155lbs and the clamp would slip on EVERY ride no matter how tight it was.

I should add this will probably be over your budget, or really close to it, but I think the extra $$ for the extreme quality of Thompson is worth it.
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Old 11-20-04, 06:54 PM
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Thanks for the advice, all!

If one more person recommends a freakin' Thompson seatpost to me, I'll...I'll...I'll have to go buy one Actually, I can get one for quite a bit less than the standard $80 pricetag I see at most places so that's a easy decision.

I like the Race Face stuff so I'll check out the recommended stem. I may also go with the RF handlebar just to have a match. I think they're fairly cheap as well.
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Couple years ago, I got 3 Thompson posts, one for each rider.
My Sis has a frame a little big for her. She still uses hers.
I went to the RaceFace XYZ (no longer made, apparently) which has a huge amount of setback.
My wife just went back to the one the bike came with. They make a nice post, but having the clamp on the shaft (no setback) doesn't work for everybody.

There are a lot of good stems out there. I like the Salsa with the grey faceplate.

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One thing I should add about the Thompson is to carefully weigh wether you need a setback post or not. I didn't think I did since my bike stock doesn't have a setback post, but what you have to realize is, with the Thompson, the clamp has ZERO offset, most posts have the clamp positioned behind the post. So, to maintain the stock setup, I actually do need a Thompson setback post, which although setback, has the clamp setup still with zero offset, so its the same as having a post with an offset clamp like most stock bikes come with.
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I think I'll like the lack of offset. Most of my recent cycling has been as a triathlete and I ran a very steep seat tube with the saddle all the way forward. I know the riding position is completely different on a tri bike but the last time I straddled a MTB, I felt like I was falling off the back.

Additionally, on my old MTB, I ran the saddle all the way forward as well.
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Well, I would recommend my setup but some of the parts are no longer available. I currently have an Easton CT2 carbon flat bar (23", 3 deg bend), Easton CT2 carbon seatpost (350mm originally but cut down to necessary length) and RaceFace SYStem (100mm, +5 deg).

To recreate the same setup with today's equivalents would run more than $175 though. Note that the older CT2 components is now labelled EC70 but the EC70 seatpost has a revised and better clamp design. The SYStem has been discontinued.

Pairing it down a little, I might suggest...
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