a Weekend Warrior
from Fort Collins
Date Reviewed: August 18, 2005
Strengths: Looks cool I guess
Weaknesses: Stripped the stem out at the steerer clamp. Not the bolt - the stem.
This thing sucks. Save your money and get a cheapo stem. I stripped the thing with a multi-tool. (you can't put sh*t for torque on with those things) That's rediculous! No I did not over-torque - I'm pretty careful about that. You can go to supergo and get a stem that looks about the same for 8 bucks. I haven't broken the 8 dollar stem yet in 6 months....
Bike Setup: Brodie thumper, lot's o' freeride stuff....
from Fort Collins, CO
Date Reviewed: May 25, 2005
Strengths: price, strength, looks.
Weaknesses: hard to clean, but who cares?
The Shorty has been a great stem for me. I've never needed to adjust or tighten it. I've taken it on and off a few times for headset maintenance and it has always slid right off, so no problems with ovalizing or warping. I'm not a huge hucker myself but I have put a good beating on this with smaller drops, and it has been very solid.
Note to Dan the Man, previous reviewer. Pricepoint has sold the Shorty for $50 for well over two years. Plus Jenson now sells the Aggro for $30, so maybe you should have held out longer. But no worries, I'm sure a "downhiller" in Cincinatti with a DJ2 knows a bargain when he sees one.
Bike Setup: 03 KHS FR2000, Z1, Romic, replaced stock stem with this.
Dan the man
from Cincinnati Ohio
Date Reviewed: May 18, 2004
Strengths: I have an Azonic Aggro. Not a shorty. My stem is just a cool and just as good as a shorty just it wasn't $120. That's so stupid! Stiff, 6 bolt handlebar clamp, somewhat light, pretty black
Weaknesses: Nothin so far..
This stem is sweet. Looks cool, is cool. I hope you all take advantage of this great deal at Jensonusa.com. It's only 5 bucks off retail but its a deal. Great stem. Go buy one if your homo shorty broke on you.
Similar Products Used: Haha.. all you stupid people paid $120 for a gay stem. I got one just as good as yours, if not better, for 51.50 shipped to my house and a free sticker.
Bike Setup: '01 Diamondback Team Issue '03 Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 2
Date Reviewed: August 31, 2003
Strengths: Strong, fairly light and nice feeling while it lasts
Weaknesses: They tend to break
I rode this stem for ages and it felt fine but then as soon as I started trying even slight drops lately, I managed to break the stem in half, but just held together by enought of a "thread" across the top of the stem to get me home. It is very strange as the crack goes from the bottom up, where it should go from the top down, and even with the tiny thread of aluminium left, i cannot even bend it! This is also strange seeing as i put hardly any strain on the bars AFTER a 3 1/2 foot dropoff and it just bent under my arm weight. I shown the bike shop and all they said was "Yeh... Azonic stuf breaks". I cannot understand this seeing as they have such good reviews! My new tioga cube is a lot heavier and cheaper, but also much stronger!
a Weekend Warrior
from Santa Cruz, CA
Date Reviewed: December 16, 2002
Strengths: Clean CNC work (unlike all of the immitations that came out after), knee clearance with bolts, 4 bolt bar clamp
This is a good, solid, stem. Not a single complaint after 2 years with this thing. Okay, maybe the weight thing. But I would rather tote along the extra couple hundred grams than pick gravel out of my chin.
I have ridden this stem in everything from cross country to dirt jumps. Never a creek or moan from it. This is one of those install it and forget about it items. We should all have a lot more of them on our bikes.
Similar Products Used: couple of cheep jobbers, and welded stems, got a shorty when my ORC stem got stress markings after only a couple of weeks.
Bike Setup: Originally ran the stem on my dual slalom rig, but have had it on my freeride/enduro bikes for the last 1.5 years
a Cross Country Rider
from wayne, Nj, 07470
Date Reviewed: October 2, 2002
Strengths: I have been riding for years, but have gotten totally back into it last year, and switched from a hardtail to a a Klein Mantra. It was a big change to a softtail and after riding a bit felt a bit stretched out, and alot of flex in the old easton stem. I switched, and found the steering control, and geometry ( with a double wall riser bar, also azonic) greatly improved. this stem is indestructible, well engineered, BUT a pain in the butt to clean out the nooks and grooves. I would buy another if i needed it, and would recomend it to anyone who feels they need a bombproff stem.
Weaknesses: ability to clean
Buy it, use, it, and learn how bombproof, all the azonic products are.........
Similar Products Used: azonic Hot seat, and double wall riser bar, well integrated with the riser bar, very adjustable, and stron
Bike Setup: Klein frame, azonic handlebar, stem, seat, bontrager seat post, avid 7.0 brakes, shimano xtr front derailer, a head set, onyx cranks, shimano xt rear derailer, kona platform pedals, bontrager superstock wheels, and veloceraptor tires, 2.3 front, 2.1 rear, love it good cross country bike, excellent downhill set up, and a blast in the wet and muck
Date Reviewed: August 9, 2002
Strengths: everything on this rocks , strenght , looks , weight ,
Weaknesses: what is a weakness on this ? the price (if u cant do time ....)
its has been used and abuuuused over and over and always comes back begging for more. If you fancy drops , jumps , stairs , this will take all that u can trow at it
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 7, 2002
Strengths: Stiff and super strong. Looks awesome. Nice wide handlebar seat for awesome rigidity and support. Locks solid onto steerer tube.
Weaknesses: It doen't understand this term: Weakness
This stem is awesome, I got a great deal on eBay, but retail is certainly reasonable. If your stem has a narrow clamp on it and the handlebars flex due to that, then this is your solution, or if you just want a stiff-as-hell stem for any type of riding (freeriders, that's you), it will would perfect. It completed my bike very nicely.
Similar Products Used: Kalloy, Specialized, Kore, Race Face, Koski, a lot of descent stems... This one rules
Bike Setup: 2001 Specialized Enduro, Psylo, Hayes Disc, Big Fat Mammoth Rims on XT disc, Kujo DH tires, Azonic Loveseat (oh yeah!!), Azonic Platforms, and lot's of other good stuff, A stiff urban assault bike
a Weekend Warrior
from Northern IL
Date Reviewed: May 7, 2002
Strengths: large bar clamping surface . suprise ! it weighs less then the oe stem , but is 10x beefier . no big knobs / clamping hardware exposed to rip you up when going over the handlebars .
Weaknesses: none so far
best heavy duty stem for $60 . the large/wide handlebar clamp makes me less concerned about breaking the carbonfiber handlebars at the stem like ive seen others do . freeride and downhillers should like this one .
Bike Setup: 2001 Pipeline - 5 in z3 fork, 24" rear atom labs trail pimp, 26" sun mammoth up front, hayes discs, xt, race face dh cranks, azonic 75mm shorty stem, flat pedals
a Weekend Warrior
from Somerville, MA
Date Reviewed: March 12, 2002
Strengths: short, well machined, stronger than hell
Weaknesses: None that I can think of. Hard to grip when you're pulling the bike up the stairs by the stem, I guess.
I have one on the Trek. I'm getting a new fork for the Nashbar and decided I'd get a different stem since the bolts on the Kore are shot. The Kore has held up well, I guess, I'm just looking for something shorter and beefier since I'm starting to get used to stairs around where I am now. (The stairs are responsible for my needing a new fork now. my 260 weight has killed my cheapo RS fork)
The bike goes where you think about going, the stem is stiffer than hell, and the shortness gets me that much farther back off of the saddle. Well worth the $60 I paid... which, incidentally, is almost what I paid for the steel frame. But it's steel, and it's nashbar, so go figure.
Similar Products Used: OEM Bontrager. (creaked like grandma's rocking chair on climbs) and Kore lite 3 (I think) which has been apretty solid stem so far, but the bolt heads are stripped out (I figured the aluminum would go before the bolt heads... I figured wrong)
Bike Setup: Trek 6700 set up as freeride, and a Nashbar steel frame that's freeride/commuter.
from Spokane WA
Date Reviewed: February 24, 2002
Strengths: Its short, its square, it likes pain.
Weaknesses: Hard to get down over your steer tube, but its not a problem.
Its a block of aircraft aluminum, its not going to break! Not heavy and its very stiff. I like
Bike Setup: 01' Kona Stinky. z-1 qr20, hayes hydros, thomson post, raceface cranks, bash guard, FSA pig dh....and on and on
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: November 29, 2001
Strengths: Strongest stem out there -BEEFY -No flex -Cool looking CNC -Four bolt face plate
This stem is the strongest one out there and will out last any other components on your bike, bolt it up and foget about it. I've tried out many stems and this is the one! I have an extra one off a different bike I just sold if anyone wants it. It's still in perfect condition and about three months old. It's 75mm - 10 rise and silver. I want $50.00 for it and I'll cover shipping anywhere in the USA.
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from The North Shore in British Columbia. Canada
Date Reviewed: November 26, 2001
Strengths: STRONG...No flex...Looks good
Weaknesses: Not one
Well....It's pretty simple. This stem has held up to the dreaded North Shore and all the drops it has thrown in my direction and has not complained in the least. The amount of alleged "flex"....(if you can call it that) is non-existant. As far as stripping the threads out goes....If you do have that problem you really should buy a Huffy. ANY competent mountain biker with HALF A BRAIN knows you don't have to strong arm bolts into aluminum,but don't forget to put anti-sieze on the bolts first. Well thats all to be said on this stem....If you have to cry about the price then you need to re-evaulate your defination of "High end parts" because you only get what you pay for...Period.
Wow the wind was blasting for this race!
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