Bontrager Stem Stem

4.33/5 (40 Reviews)
MSRP : $100.00


Product Description

Bontrager Racelite Stem


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pablo a Weekend Warrior from withchataw

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2006

Strengths:    Very stiff and very light

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I have never had a problem with the Bonty stuff and these stems are no exception.. I use a 120mm on my XC softail and it is extremely stiff. I use them with Carbon bars and have never scared or cracked a bar yet.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   all

Bike Setup:   I use this stem on several bikes, HT, ST, and FS

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Sam a Weekend Warrior from San Mateo, CA

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2002

Strengths:    Tough
Good finish


Weaknesses:    Slight rust (normal for steel here)

Bottom Line:   
This is a review for the old quill style stem. It came off my Bonte Race Mtn bike when I upgraded to threadless and went straight to the cross bike. After a year of Mtn. riding and a couple more of cross/commuting it is going on strong. I've bent a couple sets of bars and the alignment on the stem is still dead on and the stem has only twisted in the streertube once (Not bad for a quill). I sure wish Trek hadn't screwed up Bonte's quality, the new stuff is just too hit and miss.

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Favorite Trail:   Skeggs

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Came on bike

Similar Products Used:   You name it

Bike Setup:   Cro-Mo cross bike with a Mutt-like mix of components

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Paul a Weekend Warrior from Dayton, Ohio

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2001

Strengths:    Stiff, clamps bar and fork well enough

Weaknesses:    manufacturing defect - clamping surfaces not perpendicular.

Bottom Line:   
Here I thought I had bent my bar and finally got around to buying a new one. Got tired of having my stem slightly cocked to the left so my hands were correctly positioned. Turns out it is the stem and not the bar! When squared up the right hand is about 1/2 inch lower than the left. One by one the Bontrager components are coming off the bike because they are inferior. You all can believe what you want... but I'm telling ya the quality just isn't there anymore!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   KORE 3d

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher X-Cal

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rodney B V a Weekend Warrior from Mesquite, TX USA

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2001

Strengths:    Stiff. Short (60mm). Bonty quality is obvious. Various lengths allows anyone to improve "fit" of their bike.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
Switching to a short stem with minimal rise has given me much more control. I'm positioned further back, so moving off the back of the saddle riding down hills is easier. I no longer feel like I'm leaning forward too much. This is the kind of modification that can make a bike FIT YOU. Tweaking your riding position with a quality Bontrager stem (many sizes to choose from) can make a real difference. And about needing two different size wrenches - SO FREAKIN' WHAT! Anybody can install it - and anyone can improve the fit of their bike with the proper length stem.

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Favorite Trail:   Rowlett Creek - Garland, Tx

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Jack Johnston's in Dallas, Tx

Similar Products Used:   OEM 100mm stem with higher angle.

Bike Setup:   Raleigh M80; Koobi au chrono saddle; Club Roost 2D pedals; Short Bontrager stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Josh a Racer from Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2001

Strengths:    Stiff, Strong, 2 piece design so bolts don't jam into your knee, short so steering is great.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Excellent, does what it needs to do, doesn't nail your knee when you fall. Short, steering is great, stiff, does what it needs to do.

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Favorite Trail:   Look 'Ma No Road

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Rodger's Ski and Sport

Similar Products Used:   Powertools

Bike Setup:   KHS TEAM ST W/ XT and XTR and Bontrager stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by logbiter a Cross Country Rider from santa cruz, cali

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2001

Strengths:    stiff, does what it's supposed to, 'knee saver' design.

Weaknesses:    Minor quibble- but I don't like 2 different size bolts heads either.

Bottom Line:   
AHS ahead stem here, silverish color. It's stiff- waay better than the Specialized ti stem I tried for a while- what a noodle! Steering precision good, although my stock stem wasn't a problem.
It's quite a bit lighter than the A1 stem came stock on the bike (which I'm sure was a Tahoma w/ a specialized sticker on it). Set it up and forget about it.
No probs in 2 years use, except a bit of rust in the bolt heads.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   online somewhere

Similar Products Used:   specialized ti (lite, but noodley), specialized A1

Bike Setup:   M2 pro-ish, Bonty bars, ends, stem & frt rim, rhyno-lite rear.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gaoo from Quebec

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2001

Strengths:    elegant black finish, light and strong, no bolts will hurt your knees, Bontrager logos

Weaknesses:    I can say that using 2 allen key is dull but who are too lazy to put this in a weakness?

Bottom Line:   
it's not complex (it comes with a instruction manual!!), 5mm allen key is for tighting the handlebar, 6mm key is to thight the steerer tube. But it's a kind of "agace". Anyways, the general look is good and a Bontrager product will not break. 7 degree angle is ok, a ) degree would be also good

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Favorite Trail:   Bromont

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Icon Onyx

Bike Setup:   '99 Trek 6500 ZX, Psylo SL, XT rear, LX, STX-rc..... Bontrager (crow-bar, stem, seatpost, seat,rims,hubs...), Panaracer XC fire tire 2.1

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 2Elk a Cross Country Rider from IL

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2000

Strengths:    -strong
-stiff
-relatively inexpensive
-inconspicuous
-Bonty quality
-does what it's supposed to
-steerer bolts tucked safely away
-tough finish


Weaknesses:    -different size bolt heads for steerer and face clamps
-a touch on the heavy side
-limited rise options
-inconspicuous
-moves when tightened


Bottom Line:   
What can you really say about a stem? The Bonty does what it was designed to do w/o much fuss. It's sufficiently stiff, light, and cheap.

The only issues I have are when installing, the steerer clamp twists a bit to the right when it's tightened down and you need a 5 AND a 6mm allen to get it all done; why not just use one size??? These issues are really nitpicky and have no bearing on its actual performance.

Overall, it's what you should expect from something w/the Bonty logo stamped on it. Nothing too fancy or light; it just plain works. Bolt it on and fuggetaboutit.

5 chilis for value; it's hard to beat 30 bucks.
4 chilis overall for the mismatched bolts and the fact that it could stand to lose a few grams.

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Favorite Trail:   porc rim

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $29.00

Purchased At:   jensonusa.com

Similar Products Used:   -Control Tech
-Answer ATAC
-Tawain Inc.


Bike Setup:   Bonty bar, stem, & post

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan a Weekend Warrior from New Orleans, LA

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2000

Strengths:    stiff, strong, good finish, bolt location

Weaknesses:    only offered in 7 deg rise

Bottom Line:   
Great design, no flex, bolts are well placed, not the lightest thing out there but not outrageously heavy, good finish, one quirk that I noticed was that, due to the location of the steer tube clamp bolts, the stem will pull to the right about 2 deg when tightening the steer tube clamp - thus requiring subsequent readjustment - no biggie once you are aware of it and can compensate. I just wish they made other rise options in addition to the 7 deg. Five flamers for doing it's job very well.

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Favorite Trail:   Hooper Rd

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Similar Products Used:   Kore Elite, Control Tech, Kore 3D forged, Generic forged

Bike Setup:   Specialized S-Works FSR, SID XC, full XT

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:4
Submitted by shanedawg a Weekend Warrior from san jose, ca

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2000

Strengths:    Beautiful, inexpensive.

Weaknesses:    Can't put it on my bike!

Bottom Line:   
I ran the old quill version for 6 years and had no problems. I recently bought a Z2 to replace my old judy and decided to go threadless at the same time. Only one problem. I wanted to get the new bontrager race AHS model but could not find a 1 in. model anywhere. You would think that you could find a bontrager stem to go on your bontrager bike, but NO. Trek decided to be a bunch of knuckleheads so I had to go with the ritchey comp lite instead. It is also a good stem but doesn't have the same lust factor. Thanks for sticking with us Tom! 4 chilis for the price, 1 stinking chili for not making the 1 in available.

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Favorite Trail:   soquel demo

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   ritchey comp lite

Bike Setup:   bontrager hard tail / Z2 atom bomb 1 in.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from Berkeley, CA

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2000

Strengths:    removable faceplate, large steerer tube clamp, stiff.

Weaknesses:    What?

Bottom Line:   
when I first got my bike, I made the mistake of thinking that lighter was better with the Icon. It turned out to be way noodly, especially when paired with my SID and my 200-lb. frame. The Bontrager is absolutely perfect, especially since I got it on the cheap. The removable faceplate is really important to me, since I ship my bike a couple times a year.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Icon Durante (Graphite), no-name threaded stuff

Bike Setup:   Titec PG handlebar, SID XC fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ed a Weekend Warrior from Bay Area, California USA

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2000

Strengths:    Good value- price, quality, strength, fairly light

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
This stem is fairly stiff, and I haven't experienced any bolt slippage thus far. The important thing is that this stem fits me perfect.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   threaded headsets with "gooseneck" stems

Bike Setup:   Klein Attitude- Chris King, XTR

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin a Cross Country Rider from Saratoga, NY

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2000

Strengths:    Matte black finish matches the rest of my bike. Holds the bars where I want them. Removable faceplate. Pretty light.



Weaknesses:    None really

Bottom Line:   
I like it. It hold my bars to my bike and puts them where I want them. Good job.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by James a Cross-Country Rider from Elkhart In

Date Reviewed: October 31, 1999

Strengths:    
Light, stong, lets me steer.


Weaknesses:    
Not found yet


Bottom Line:   
It works. Gives me the rise and feelthat I need. It isn't portly, it isn't overpriced. Holds the bar on to the bike.

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Favorite Trail:   
I'm still looking

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Stock stems on bikes


Bike Setup:   
Jamis Dakar Team

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Mason a Weekend Warrior from Philadelphia, PA

Date Reviewed: September 13, 1999

Strengths:    
Light
Cheap
Removeable faceplate
Screws are in a gonad safe area


Weaknesses:    
A little hard to tighten


Bottom Line:   
Only problem I've had is that I thought I had it tight enough only to have my handlebars move after a very hard hit. You have to really bear down on the faceplate screws to get it tight enough. I'm no small guy (5'9, 185, bench 350) and I have to crank the screws. SO far they haven't stripped on me.

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Favorite Trail:   
still looking

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
none


Bike Setup:   
99 KHS Team ST, raceface, z2 A-bomb, xt/xtr mix

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