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Avid SAAGO Stem

4.67/5 (6 Reviews)
Weight : 200 grams

Product Description

  • No bolts extended - saves your knees
  • Removable Face Plate
  • Tubular design maximizes stiffness and reduces weight

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    Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by dlongto a Weekend Warrior from Golden, CO

    Date Reviewed: June 20, 2011

    Strengths:    Bomber, looks cool.

    Weaknesses:    Can't run steerer tube above stem, so commitment is required.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is my favorite. Got 3 on bikes. I got a screaming deal on these on ebay so will give only 4 chilis for value at the usual price.

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    Favorite Trail:   Mary's Loop

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Tompson, Specialized, cheap crap.

    Bike Setup:   got several

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by EBasil a Cross Country Rider from San Diego

    Date Reviewed: December 20, 2010

    Strengths:    Now 7 years on this stem: it's rugged and excellent. They're occasionally on eBay in clearance -- excellent buy if you understand the collet system and it will fit your fork.

    Weaknesses:    The collet attachment system is a weakness if you're unprepared for it. It works great, though.

    Bottom Line:   
    Get this if you find a size that fits what you need.

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    Favorite Trail:   Left Fork, Bunker Creek

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   Cambria

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ryan N. a Weekend Warrior from Tulsa, OK, USA

    Date Reviewed: October 6, 2005

    Strengths:    BlackOps Resesarch for the masses, be the first to prove your LBS mechanic wrong when he insists "Avid has never made a stem". Stealthy matte black finish. Stiffer than your dead uncle Ray.

    Weaknesses:    Good luck finding one. CBO has them off and on. Try Ebay. Think before you slap this thing on. There's a certain order - follow the directions.

    Bottom Line:   
    Only gets 4 chilis because it's a little heavy, but a few extra grams is worth it for being indestructible as well as easy on carbon bars & steerer tubes. The collett system can be confusing, just grease the bolts and think it through. Don't forget to put the thin nylon washer between the stem and the Chris King headset; you do and you'll be starting all over.

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    Favorite Trail:   Turkey Mountain

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Ritchey WCS

    Bike Setup:   Planet X Jack Flash, RockShox Reba 100mm, Avid Mechanicals, SpeedDial Ti levers, X.O trigger shifters & derailleurs, Mavic Crossmax Enduro, Stan's NoTubes, ODI lock-on grips with DangerBoys endplugs, Easton Riser bar, King NoThreadSet, full Nokon cable system

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Erik a Weekend Warrior from San Diego, CA

    Date Reviewed: March 20, 2004

    Strengths:    Collet mounting, stiff as they say, light, duro

    Weaknesses:    as below

    Bottom Line:   
    An update from my earlier review, after now having a full year on the stem. I've also converted the bike to a singlespeed, which means much more hard effort on the bars.

    This is a great stem. Very solid, very secure.

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    Favorite Trail:   Upper Cobbles

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $70.00

    Purchased At:   Cambria Outfitters

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Erik a Cross Country Rider from San Diego

    Date Reviewed: July 10, 2003

    Strengths:    Stiff As All Get Out, very low "stack height", yet very secure collet attachment system. Matte "black ops" finish looks good. Relatively light. Relatively rare.

    Weaknesses:    No negative rise or greater than 120mm extension available. Minimal marketing-based cool factor. Not possible to use spacers above the stem, since there is no cap or opening (it's a one piece top).

    Bottom Line:   

    This is a good, stiff, light stem with a low stack height. It steers very well, is very easy to set up and yet delivers a secure grip on an aluminum steerer (I don't know about steel).

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $70.00

    Purchased At:   Cambria Bicycle Outfitters --phone order

    Similar Products Used:   Ringle Zooka, Syncros Cattlehead, Roox Danny's

    Bike Setup:   Manitou HT with Manitou Black fork, King headset and DeEvolution kit, XTR drivetrain, etc... Cross country bike.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mark Wein a Racer from Novato, CA , USA

    Date Reviewed: December 31, 2002

    Strengths:    Awesome design

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    The SAAGO stem is the best clamping system of any stem out there. It is stiff, has a awesome bar clamping area, clean collet fork steer clamping system. The bar clamping design is easy on carbon bars. The only down side is the limited size selection(100mm and 120mm).

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   CBO

    Similar Products Used:   Thomson, Ringle, Salsa

    Bike Setup:   Grip shift 8sp, Magura Marta SL disc brakes, King disc hubs, Fox fork, King headset.

    Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

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    Avid SAAGO stems, $70

    While cruising Cambria Bike Outfitters' site for something else I needed, I came across their listing of the Avid SAAGO stem for 69.99. I've got one of these, and if you know anything about this weirdly-great stem, you might also know it's hard to find and usually right up at MSRP. Anyway, dea ... Read More »

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