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Specialized Pro-Set Stems

Old 04-27-11, 02:02 AM
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Specialized Pro-Set Stems

Was in the Specialized Concept Flagship store in Tokyo at lunchtime today and saw these stems.

The S-Works is a pretty good price in Japan too, just 8000yen.

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...jsp?spid=58188

I like the idea of using shims to adjust the angles to help get the perfect fit. Their Shallow Bend Expert Alloy Bars seem nice too, ergo flattened tops and short reach, and short drops.

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...jsp?spid=58186

Anyone have any experience with them? I like my Specialized Toupe Team Saddle. They seem to be good at designing comfortable ergonomic products at a fairly decent price and quality.
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Not the lightest, but an awesome stem design. It's like having a box of stems.

One thing I always wondered is if they're oversized to fit the insert in there, or if the insert works with non-Specialized stems...
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1-1/8th inch steerers, so the hole is oversized and the shims make it fit.

Be sweet if they could make extra shims for 1-16th inch Klein Steerers!!!
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I have them on three bikes. Great design, love the angle options. Once they're put together they work just like any other stem.
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The only question now is if it is worth it to spend the extra 4000 yen and save 50g

I don't see the value in carbon bars, 30,000yen vs 3,700yen with about 50g saving.

The alu model bars seemed to pass my grip and twist test, so seem plenty stiff enough. My current bars are 10 year old 200g or so alu bars, and I can easily flex them.

Although again, is that bad? The ride fine, just have too much reach and drop!
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The S-Works version of that stem is on par with my 3T Team stems, but the Expert, (or comp? or pro?) one I had was unusually heavy. I really like the shim design for it's versatility. IIRC, the stem opening was about 1 1/4" to allow the range of angles the shims provide.
I agree that Specialized goes out of their way to make ergonomically sound equipment. The fact that their stuff used be very competitively priced is one of the reasons they are so big today. Those bars look good, especially the ergo ones, but I wouldn't pay extra for CF unless it was something like Zipp and I had something like a Cannondale SuperSix to put it on.
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