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AC Classic MTB Bartender Handlebar Stems Stem

3.57/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $189.00

Product Description

  • CNC machined and hollow drilled for light weight
  • 6061 T6 alloy
  • 1-1/8" steertube
  • Stainless Steel Bolts
  • 7 degree rise
  • 40, 60 , 80, 100mm

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    Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Mike Maloney a Weekend Warrior from hudson nc

    Date Reviewed: April 17, 2003

    Strengths:    when it wasn't cracked it was strong and looks good.

    Weaknesses:    it only lasted 5-6 montths before the faceplate had cracked in 4 spots. Now Adventure components have had it for 3-4 months to warranty the part and no one will return my phone calls after calling 4 weeks in a row.

    Bottom Line:   
    the stem is good if you dont have a problem with it. The company sucks. I've never had luck with there products, I broke there cromoly cranks in 2 months which took another 2-3 months to get returned. I,m now waiting to reciev a new stem wich like the cranks ,I will not use for lack of strength. If you use products hard and to what they are supposed to do stay away from ac components so you wont have to deal with this company later. THEY SUCK.

    i would have rated this higher if AC would get on the ball.

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    Favorite Trail:   hickory park

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   lightning cycles

    Similar Products Used:   azonic ,funn, kona,etc.

    Bike Setup:   banshee scream w/monster-t

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by al alcantara a Weekend Warrior from wa

    Date Reviewed: May 6, 2002

    Strengths:    Stem is beefy, rigid and combined with four bolt closure gives stable and predictable steering. Also the handlebar feels somewhat securely fastened.

    Weaknesses:    Strictly follow torque spec.

    Bottom Line:   
    Feels more in-control than other 'square' stems. It's been at top and dropped-off and seems like will live to see many more highs and lows of days and nights. Although can't ignore the weight; it'll stand by you everytime, all the time. Loctite bolts, torque tightened, wait a bit for fluid to cure and See You at the XRoads pal.

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    Favorite Trail:   Umarked

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   bikeshop

    Similar Products Used:   Kore, Ritchey

    Bike Setup:   Custom Al

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by tony a Downhiller from middx, england

    Date Reviewed: November 29, 2001

    Strengths:    Great looking shorty( 40mm works great on my Metalhead.)

    Weaknesses:    Bad tolerances on the steerer tube clamp, I had to make a shim so it would tighten up properly without overstressing the bolt area.

    Bottom Line:   
    Pity about the slack tolerances especially on a stem at that price, would'nt recomend or buy another although the problem was solved by adding a shim.
    Go with the 24/7 pro , probably the toughest stem out there, very very solid.

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    Favorite Trail:   street/ urban/ dirt

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $70.00

    Purchased At:   wheely good bikes

    Similar Products Used:   world force 60mm
    24/7 pro 40mm

    Bike Setup:   metalhead ,W/bros forks, 521's, raceface cranks ,24/7 chro mo bars.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Gary Rich a Downhiller from New York

    Date Reviewed: November 2, 2001

    Strengths:    I love this stem beefy, looks great will never break. I know guys who do 16 foot drops onm them all the time.

    Weaknesses:    NONE. i think the review below about that dudes breaking was a defect or some kind of freak accident.

    Bottom Line:   
    Awsome stem that is worth the money and can drop you off any thing.

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    Favorite Trail:   Plattekill

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   Down Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Azonic Shorty

    Bike Setup:   KHS DOMINATRAX

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Kevin a Downhiller from NH

    Date Reviewed: January 6, 2001

    Strengths:    very inexpensive for a DH stem (35 bucks my cost! i would gladly pay retail for this thing!) no problems, very good looking. this is a different version than the old cnc'd anodized stems. mine is a new, black powdercoat (sandblasted?) stem, with a different design. absolutely no problems on either my spooky metalhead slalom bike or my spooky project X dh bike. 4 bolt pattern is nice, so is the 2-bolt knee-saver steerer tube clamp design

    Weaknesses:    bad reviews on other versions. get a new one!

    Bottom Line:   
    its too bad that others had bad experiences with AC stems at such a high price. they have changed a lot, and this stem is absolutely great. no problems at all. different sizes available (mine is 40 mm, or 35 i cant remember)... Go. Get. One.


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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   my work (wholesale)

    Similar Products Used:   Zoom, azonic, nukeproof, big cheese, Salsa...

    Bike Setup:   Spooky metalhead, marzocchi z1 CR, hayes brakes/hubs, king HS, 321 disc rims, Thomson seatpost, ProTaper bars, AC guide, XTR 8sp., profile cranks, snafu pedals. Project X same, except for Stratos superstar8 fork, Mr Dirt chainguide, wider tires.

    Overall Rating:1
    Submitted by John Nelson a Downhiller from Palo Alto

    Date Reviewed: August 14, 1999

    you tell me, I cant think of one


    Bottom Line:   
    I thought I had a better stem by buying a AC brand. My stem developed a crack from bolt hole to bolt hole. If you have one check it out carefully. My buddy noticed mine and probably saved my life! One star because I cant give a zero!!

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    Favorite Trail:   
    anything in the bay area

    Duration Product Used:   
    less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by d amn a Downhiller from japan via

    Date Reviewed: July 16, 1999

    stiff as hell - a ringing bell.
    looks good, rides flex free.

    Forgive me for there are not any- yet anywaymaybe cost $$$ (but what is cheap in this game?#&'=)

    Bottom Line:   
    Finally got rid of that F#$%&% Azonic bit of kit and got a good stem. Costly but worth every penny in my book. Makes all of the difference. Now I can ride my bike like I nicked it, without worrying about breaking the stem and damaging my mug.
    4 bolt pattern rulz enough said

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    Favorite Trail:   
    me own

    Duration Product Used:   
    3 months

    Similar Products Used:   
    Azonic orc - crap
    Taiwainese copy shite

    Bike Setup:   
    M 1 SL
    Jr T
    XT v Avid 2.0l levers
    Mavic 521 on lx

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