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new stem: X2 or X4?

Old 10-22-07, 06:57 PM
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new stem: X2 or X4?

I'm contemplating a new stem (upgradeitis) and giving carbon handlebars a whirl for my CR1. As I'm shopping, I see the Thomson X2 and X4 stems for my size are the same price. Weight difference is pretty negligible at ~20g. So, any good reason to select one over the other?
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Old 10-22-07, 07:00 PM
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For the same price I would always go lighter. Plus, the X2 is designed for road bikes.

And the real reason? The X2 also looks hotter!

But when it really comes down to it, they are both Thomson, so you can't go wrong.
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Old 10-22-07, 07:37 PM
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i would personally rather have 4 bolts holding my bars than 2, because if something happens to 1 bolt, there's 3 more to support the bars. if you have 2 bolts, and something happens to 1 of them, i wouldn't want to be in your shoes...

considering the difference is only 20 grams, i would get the X4 just to be on the safe side, but if it was me i would just get a Ritchey WCS 4-Axis stem because it's lighter than both of them and uses 4 bolts. i was thinking about a Thomson stem when i wanted to go longer, but went with the Ritchey stem for the reason i mentioned, and it's working great so far...
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I love my X2. It's super stiff and looks great against the silver Newton bars.



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I also have the X2 and have had no problems what so ever with it.
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Old 10-23-07, 05:36 AM
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X4 ftw. It's beefier and has the four bolt face. A bit more solid, IMO. I have it on every bike, road or mountain...
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Old 10-23-07, 07:08 AM
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So, any good reason to select one over the other?
No good reason, unless upside-down graphics bothers you on the X4 @ -10.
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There is no better stem than the X-2. There, it has been said
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I agree on getting the X2 stem too. I've had no flex issues or slippage whatsoever. Best stem around! I wish Thomson produced handlebars because their seatposts and stems are the best around.
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Originally Posted by Ryleeryno
I agree on getting the X2 stem too. I've had no flex issues or slippage whatsoever. Best stem around! I wish Thomson produced handlebars because their stems are the heaviest around.
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