Bontrager Race Mtn Stem

5/5 (6 Reviews)
Weight : 180 grams MSRP : $40.00


Product Description

  • Forged from 6061-T6 aluminum and has better fatigue characteristics than any threadless stem we've tested
  • Steerer tube binder bolts are mounted forward and on the side to avoid contact with your knees
  • Handlebar clamp is a dual bolt design to make stem changes simple 46mm stack height abd 1 1.8" steerer clamp diameter


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    Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ed Salazar a Cross Country Rider from Redwood City, CA

    Date Reviewed: October 7, 2002

    Strengths:    Tough, Great bolt position, inexpensive, came in 1" to fit my steerer (Keith, why did you stick with the 1" so long? Shocks with 1" steerers are getting tough to find.)

    Weaknesses:    Mine is a pre-Trek stem. I have heard rumors quality has slipped but who can be sure

    Bottom Line:   
    It fits, it dosen't squeak, in three years of active riding I have done nothing to it but remove the faceplate so I could replace the bars. Install it and forget it, just how components should be. All the other stems I have used have started squeaking or slipping or something after only a few months use, not this one. For the change it has been an oustanding stem.

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    Favorite Trail:   If I tell, the

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Similar Products Used:   Many and various

    Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz built Bonte Race

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Steve Eckardt a Racer from Huntington, IN USA

    Date Reviewed: September 14, 2002

    Strengths:    -Very strong/stiff
    -Good steerer clamp bolt placement
    -Oversized bolts
    -Nice finish (silver "satin")


    Weaknesses:    -I have not found any yet

    Bottom Line:   
    This is easily a $100+ value. The stem has taken 4 years of Sport-level racing/training punishment with absolutely no problems. It is very stiff and does not creak. I like the knee-saving steerer clamp bolt placement, too.

    I was seriousely thinking of changing to a different stem, but after considering how well this one has treated me and reading the other reviews, I would be stupid to stop using it. Bontrager has an excellent quality product with this stem. I would recommend it to anyone.

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    Favorite Trail:   Dirt

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   Bikeworld.com

    Similar Products Used:   Kalloy - Giant house brand

    Bike Setup:   Giant alum HT-Manitou fork-SRAM drivetrain-Avid brakes-Sun/Ringle wheels-RaceFace BB & headset-Truvativ cranks

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Charlie a Cross Country Rider from Sunnyvale, CA

    Date Reviewed: August 30, 2002

    Strengths:    I love the way it looks even though looks shouldn't count for much. The silver model is very satiny and goes great with my silver anodized frame. The stem is a little over 200 g (I have a 120 mm)just as Bontrager says it is. It is very reasonably priced. There are no welds to break. Everything is cold forged and then bead blasted. The position of the binder bolts is very nice. Very secure because of the oversized bolts (need a 5mm wrench instead of the usual 4 mm). No creaking. The stem seems to be very stiff, though it's hard to measure.

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    Excellent value and no problems at all. They seem very solid and therefore confidence-inspiring to me. Buy them.

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    Favorite Trail:   El Corte de Madera

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Speedgoat

    Similar Products Used:   Salsa, Ritchey

    Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight with Bontrager Race Lite straight bars; Marzocchi MXR forks, SRAM Shorty 9 shifters, Avid SD5 levers, Titec bar ends.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by keefe ward a Cross Country Rider from dover, nj

    Date Reviewed: May 26, 2002

    Strengths:    Price,strength,choices

    Weaknesses:    none at this price

    Bottom Line:   
    Can't go wrong for the price. Weight isn't bad either. Takes an extra minute to setup because knee saver bolts are on the side and pull the stem to the right when you tighten them. I have 2 of them one 90mm and one 120mm. No problems ever.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   speedgoat

    Similar Products Used:   salsa,trek OEM

    Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Bullit DH
    Titus Switch Blade Trail

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ethan from Raleigh, NC

    Date Reviewed: March 19, 2002

    Strengths:    Binder bolts. Looks. No problems yet.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great stem. My knees love the out-of-the-way binder bolts (not that it doesn't still hurt to smack the stem on eject). The bolts are also a bit bigger (6mm?) than other stems, so you can crank down a little harder on them.

    I'm pretty rough on my bike and no squeaks or creaks yet. The bars haven't slipped once. Fairly light. Good looking. Can be found cheap.

    A good deal overall.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   Some Specialized stem.

    Bike Setup:   Giant XTC. XT/LX components. Rhyno Lites.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by CHUCK COOK a Racer from NASHVILLE,TN.U.S.A.

    Date Reviewed: January 24, 2002

    Strengths:    VERY LIGHT-STRONG AND STIFF.LOOK'S GREAT

    Weaknesses:    NONE,THAT I FOUND.

    Bottom Line:   
    THIS STEM CAN'T BE THAT BAD,IF ROLAND GREEN THE #1 PLATE HOLDER IN THE U.S.A.RUN'S THIS STEM ON HIS TREK.IT HAS HELD UP GREAT VERY STRONG,VERY LIGHT,LOOK'S AWESOME.I GAVE UP MY 120MM FOR A 90MM AND IT IS A LOT BETTER ON MY BACK NOW.GO OUT AND GET THIS STEM.YOU WON'T BE SORRY.....

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    Favorite Trail:   HAMILTON CREEK&LOCK-4

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   E-BAY

    Similar Products Used:   RACE FACE-CONTROL TECH

    Bike Setup:   MARIN,PINE-MT.XT ALL THE WAY.ROCK SHOX SID SL,SELLA FLITE GEL SEAT,THOMSON SEAT POST,BONTRAGER RACE STEM,PROFILE CARBON FLAT BARS,SHIMANO 858 PEDALS,MAVIC 517 RIMS,HUTCHINSON GOLD TIRES.

    Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

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