Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

New Stem recommendataions

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

New Stem recommendataions

Old 07-08-10, 10:45 AM
  #1  
Jeepnut22 
Klickety-Klackety
Thread Starter
 
Jeepnut22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NoVa, U.S.A.
Posts: 1,609

Bikes: Ones with 2 wheels...

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
New Stem recommendataions

So got a professional fitting done with my new BMC SL01. Pro said I was on the edge of fitting the 110mm stem that came with the bike. Mentioned that if for whatever reason I planned to replace the stem, to get a shorter one, either a 100mm or 90mm. The stem now is an Easton EA70, 110mm +/- 6 degree...

I do feel a little stretched out so I am looking to get a new stem, most likely a 90mm. Read lots of this and that out there, but still torn on which stem to get. I'll admit, if I change something on any of my bikes, I look to upgrade/improve/lighten the bike in some way. I'm stupid that way...

Looking at 3T, Deda (although does the 31.7mm sizing force you to use their bars?), FSA, and Pro Carbon Components. Others??? To Carbon, or not to Carbon?

Anyone out there have any recommendations?
__________________
Wut
Jeepnut22 is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 10:49 AM
  #2  
datlas 
Beyond Bogus
 
datlas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Malvern, PA (20 miles West of Philly)
Posts: 35,822

Bikes: 1986 Alpine (steel road bike), 2009 Ti Habenero, 2013 Specialized Roubaix

Mentioned: 502 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15594 Post(s)
Liked 3,532 Times in 1,766 Posts
Consider Ritchey WCS.

Also just say no to carbon stems. Seriously.
datlas is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 10:54 AM
  #3  
AngryScientist 
Lost
 
AngryScientist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: nutley, nj
Posts: 4,519
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 3 Posts
you really have to go out of your way to find a BAD stem. they all pretty much work, some are lighter than others.

i have a 3t stem on two of my bikes. i think they are great, relatively light, and relatively inexpensive for a nice looking piece. i think carbon stems are silly.
AngryScientist is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 10:56 AM
  #4  
chado445510
Raising the bar
 
chado445510's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Newmarket, New Hampshire
Posts: 1,106

Bikes: 2007 Specialized Allez Double (sold), 2009 Kestrel RT 800

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Carbon stems are wicked expensive, and it is flexy enough to negate any advantage weight offers.

A carbon wrapped stem perhaps?
chado445510 is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 11:06 AM
  #5  
AngryScientist 
Lost
 
AngryScientist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: nutley, nj
Posts: 4,519
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 3 Posts
Originally Posted by chado445510 View Post

a carbon wrapped stem perhaps?

no.
AngryScientist is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 11:09 AM
  #6  
mymilkexpired
Senior Member
 
mymilkexpired's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 162

Bikes: Custom Fetish Cycles

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Consider Ritchey WCS.
The WCS wet stems look fantastic! Its on my list...
mymilkexpired is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 11:10 AM
  #7  
jsmonet
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 347
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
are you a major weight weenie/gram counter, or are you open to not saving a few mg on the stem? i <3 my 3t stem and just ordered another one.
jsmonet is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 11:12 AM
  #8  
Gluteus
Maximus
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,845
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
No carbon.
FSA = good.
They (all) have two angles, depending on wich side to put up.

Last edited by Gluteus; 07-08-10 at 11:28 AM.
Gluteus is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 11:20 AM
  #9  
jmilez03
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 89
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Consider Ritchey WCS.

Also just say no to carbon stems. Seriously.
+1
jmilez03 is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 11:20 AM
  #10  
echappist
fuggitivo solitario
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern NJ
Posts: 9,107
Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 243 Post(s)
Liked 13 Times in 9 Posts
Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Consider Ritchey WCS.

Also just say no to carbon stems. Seriously.
Originally Posted by AngryScientist View Post
you really have to go out of your way to find a BAD stem. they all pretty much work, some are lighter than others.

i have a 3t stem on two of my bikes. i think they are great, relatively light, and relatively inexpensive for a nice looking piece. i think carbon stems are silly.
yep, don't get carbon. total waste of $$ & it's not even any lighter. most pros actually ride alloy.

i would second the ritchey WCS. i have one in set up as -17, 110mm, and i love it. this guy had an entire ritchey cockpit



fwiw, if you can produce a lot of force, you may want to move to a heavier stem (in the 150g range), but it seems this guy is pretty happy with his alloy wcs. i believe he recently stomped out two victories in the tdf



note: the stem might look like carbon, but it's actually in a special finish called wet black
echappist is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 11:23 AM
  #11  
coasting 
Still can't climb
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Limey in Taiwan
Posts: 23,024
Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
i got a richey stem on sale so it was cheap but i don't get why richey stems are so expensive. if it doesn't slip, what else is there to a stem?

Anyway, as for recommendations, i would recommend richey stem. i've had no problems with it at all. i would also recomment a pro-lite stem which also has given me no trouble.
__________________
coasting, few quotes are worthy of him, and of those, even fewer printable in a family forum......quote 3alarmer

No @coasting, you should stay 100% as you are right now, don't change a thing....quote Heathpack
coasting is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 11:25 AM
  #12  
Jeepnut22 
Klickety-Klackety
Thread Starter
 
Jeepnut22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NoVa, U.S.A.
Posts: 1,609

Bikes: Ones with 2 wheels...

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Not a huge weight weenie or anything, but weight does play a factor in a purchase of course...

Ok, looks like carbon is OFF the option list. Keep those opinions/ideas coming!! Starting to narrow things a bit now.
__________________
Wut
Jeepnut22 is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 11:43 AM
  #13  
echappist
fuggitivo solitario
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern NJ
Posts: 9,107
Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 243 Post(s)
Liked 13 Times in 9 Posts
Originally Posted by Jeepnut22 View Post
Not a huge weight weenie or anything, but weight does play a factor in a purchase of course...

Ok, looks like carbon is OFF the option list. Keep those opinions/ideas coming!! Starting to narrow things a bit now.
the ritchey carbon stem is 125g, same as the wcs...

also, bear in mind that if you are currently at 110mm, 90mm might be a huge jump
echappist is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 11:52 AM
  #14  
carmonkie
Guads of Steel
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 104
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I sent my Easton EA-30 back as part of the recall and got a EA-70 back (Lucky me). I like it and all things considered it was an upgrade. Finishing is much better than the EA-30 and lighter. Not that 20-30 grams made any difference, but it looks good.

What is it that you don't like about the EA-70s. If you get a 90mm, you will be shaving about 5 grs. So still an upgrade. :-)

I swapped my wife's stem with a Specialized one. It did the job.
carmonkie is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 12:00 PM
  #15  
Jeepnut22 
Klickety-Klackety
Thread Starter
 
Jeepnut22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NoVa, U.S.A.
Posts: 1,609

Bikes: Ones with 2 wheels...

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Nothing wrong with the EA70. It's on my list of options. I know (a little at least) how the stem feels, just looking at opinions on other stems as I have very limited experiences, EA70 only at this point.

Stems I am looking at right now include:
- Easton EA70
- FSA OS-99
- 3T ARX Pro
- Profile Cobra S
- Ritchey WCS 4Axis OS

All in 90mm. I understand it's a big jump from 110mm. Just trying to get that stretched out feeling mitigated somehow. CC has a 60 day no questions asked policy, so if 90mm is too short, I am sure I can exchange for a 100mm.
__________________
Wut
Jeepnut22 is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 12:03 PM
  #16  
leooooo
Senior Member
 
leooooo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NYC (Forest Hills)
Posts: 221

Bikes: Gaulzetti Cazzo, Gaulzetti Corsa, Gaulzetti Ti, Gaulzetti SS prototype, Motobecane Fantom CXX, Ridley XFire

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Have used 3T Arx team and FSA OS-190.
Both are alu, much preferred the 3T Arx
leooooo is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 12:05 PM
  #17  
Jeepnut22 
Klickety-Klackety
Thread Starter
 
Jeepnut22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NoVa, U.S.A.
Posts: 1,609

Bikes: Ones with 2 wheels...

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by leooooo View Post
Have used 3T Arx team and FSA OS-190.
Both are alu, much preferred the 3T Arx
Why?
__________________
Wut
Jeepnut22 is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 12:13 PM
  #18  
leooooo
Senior Member
 
leooooo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NYC (Forest Hills)
Posts: 221

Bikes: Gaulzetti Cazzo, Gaulzetti Corsa, Gaulzetti Ti, Gaulzetti SS prototype, Motobecane Fantom CXX, Ridley XFire

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Aside from the gram shavings, purely aesthetic.

The FSA feels (tap it if you have a chance) and looks (flat finish/lack of logo cutout on front plate) like a dull brick.
leooooo is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 12:15 PM
  #19  
alpha_bravo
Mr. Sparkle
 
alpha_bravo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Sugar Land, TX
Posts: 534

Bikes: 08 Specialized Allez Elite

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I bought the Shimano Pro Vibe 7S for a song on closeout at Bonktown and I really like it. It's claimed to be 30g lighter than your EA70, is made to be mounted only in the -10* side, and is plenty stiff enough. You can find the older Thor models on closeout at many places.
alpha_bravo is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 12:26 PM
  #20  
chaulky61
Chaulky
 
chaulky61's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Hamilton, ON
Posts: 506

Bikes: Colnago cx-1, Colnago Master

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Jeepnut22 View Post
So got a professional fitting done with my new BMC SL01. Pro said I was on the edge of fitting the 110mm stem that came with the bike. Mentioned that if for whatever reason I planned to replace the stem, to get a shorter one, either a 100mm or 90mm. The stem now is an Easton EA70, 110mm +/- 6 degree...

I do feel a little stretched out so I am looking to get a new stem, most likely a 90mm. Read lots of this and that out there, but still torn on which stem to get. I'll admit, if I change something on any of my bikes, I look to upgrade/improve/lighten the bike in some way. I'm stupid that way...

Looking at 3T, Deda (although does the 31.7mm sizing force you to use their bars?), FSA, and Pro Carbon Components. Others??? To Carbon, or not to Carbon?

Anyone out there have any recommendations?
No, Deda will work with other bars
chaulky61 is offline  
Old 07-08-10, 12:29 PM
  #21  
TheOtherZach
freak
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Columbus OH
Posts: 29
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I kept on getting a "wet finish" until I started thinking about baseball.
TheOtherZach is offline  
Old 07-09-10, 08:29 AM
  #22  
Jeepnut22 
Klickety-Klackety
Thread Starter
 
Jeepnut22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NoVa, U.S.A.
Posts: 1,609

Bikes: Ones with 2 wheels...

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
What about Thompson road stems? An LBS here suggested one of those. Hadn't really considered them, even though I have them on one my my MTBs...

Kinda leaning towards the 3T or the FSA. The Deda, which is beautiful, is too much $$ and I am going Carbon Bar hunting in the Fall and will be dropping coin there...
__________________
Wut
Jeepnut22 is offline  
Old 07-09-10, 09:09 AM
  #23  
thump55
I got 99 problems....
 
thump55's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Does anyone know where the love of God goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?
Posts: 2,087
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
I switched from a 100mm stock (heavy) stem to a 90mm Ritchey WCS. The Ritchey was noticeably less stiff.

Now that it's been on for a long time, I don't notice the flex. It's certainly not an issue unless you are hammering to the line at a full gas sprint (which I am not).
thump55 is offline  
Old 07-09-10, 09:12 AM
  #24  
cave12man
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 409
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hey Jeepnut, having the same problem as you and was going to throw a new post up but saw yours right before I did. Just bought a 61cm bike and the only thing I don't like about it is the sort of stretched out feel (110mm ritchey pro 4 axis). Love the stem but I think it's just too long. I was worried the whole bike might a bit big for me (6'1", 205lbs) but I think a shorter stem will be enough to make it workable.

Interested to see what you figure out and how the jump from 110mm to 90mm treats ya. Mechanic at my LBS told me the same about it being a big jump and suggested flipping the stem and moving my saddle forward a bit before spending any money. If it doesn;t work then go for the new one.
cave12man is offline  
Old 07-09-10, 09:20 AM
  #25  
Jeepnut22 
Klickety-Klackety
Thread Starter
 
Jeepnut22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NoVa, U.S.A.
Posts: 1,609

Bikes: Ones with 2 wheels...

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'll report back what I do, and how things change for the better or worse for sure.
__________________
Wut
Jeepnut22 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.