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Help me decide on a stem, please....

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Help me decide on a stem, please....

Postby Soloist Assassin » Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:38 am

Okay guys serious question. I need to replace my boat anchor 130mm stem on the S2. My choices are:

Extralite Road Stem OC $200 95g
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New Ultimate $90 115g
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I am kinda worried about flex since I used a 130mm length that's a pretty long stem to get leverage on. However, I weigh 160lbs on a bad day, so am I really going to torque it? Probably not. What do you guys think? I don't like that the Extralite requires a Torx bit, but I guess you gotta do stuff like that when you're making crap this light. First hand experience with either would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Help me decide on a stem, please....

Postby Barrie » Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:25 pm

I use the Extralite 100mm with no problems, I weigh 15 stone so I`m no light weight and most of the riding I do is on hills
I`ve not noticed any flex
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Re: Help me decide on a stem, please....

Postby mdeth1313 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:32 am

extralite- just make sure you follow their installation instructions! I've been using their stems since 2006.
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Re: Help me decide on a stem, please....

Postby Fibre-Lyte » Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:24 pm

I thought the Extralite stem had a reputation for being a little flexier than most?
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Re: Help me decide on a stem, please....

Postby pritchet74 » Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:48 am

I thought the same thing, but it probably really has to do with the stem length. A 120 is surely flexier than a 90.
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