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Easton EA50 Forged Aluminum Stem Stem

4.08/5 (13 Reviews)
Weight : 225 grams MSRP : $35.98

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Product Description

Easton's EA 50 is a great all around stem for either road or mountain setups. Features a 4-bolt face plate for added strength. + or -6 degree rise31.8 clamp diameterWeight: 169g (110mm)

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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Hugh a Racer from Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2007

Strengths:    Looks OK. Reasonable Weight.

Weaknesses:    Mediocre quality. 2 bolt cap causes creaking even when done up tight.

Bottom Line:   
Easton make some excellent products. But some of their low range stuff is very mediocre. This part is one of them.
Even done up super tight the 2 bolt end cap allows the bars to flex and creak. I bolted on a Raceface Evolve stem with a 4 bolt end cap that costs similar money and it instantly cured this.

Spend a little extra and get something a lot better.

The EA50 handlebar is pretty good, though.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Raceface, Thomson.

Bike Setup:   Cove Handjob

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Graeme Cameron a Racer from Canberra Australia

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2007

Strengths:    Attractive - looks nice with matching EA50 bars & seatpost. Reasonably light (159gm actual in 110mm/25.4mm.
Reasonably stiff.

Weaknesses:    Overpriced.
Ordinary design.
Poor tolerances.

Bottom Line:   
A 110mm came standard on the bike, I later bought a 130mm which is otherwise identical. Both are 2007 models with yellow/white graphics. The comments following apply to both.
A nice looking, ordinary stem.
Steerer clamp is a little over tolerance and doesn't pull up round - causes slight deformation of the fork's alloy steerer tube. The steerer clamp itself is the basic vertical slot with both bolts on the one side.
The bottom of the steerer clamp is wavy, it has not been faced (machined flat)and does not sit flush on the headset/spacers, producing a noticable gap at the front - more obvious on the 130mm than the 110mm.
The price is a joke (I wish I checked before ordering the 130). You can do a lot better for your money.
The BBB's (eg) are very nicely made and finished, more advanced design, weigh the same and sell for half the price.
Given the chance again I would pick up a new Thomson or WCS in sale pages for what I paid for this..
Never-the-less it works, is reasonably light and stiff and isn't out of place as OEM on a midrange bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere away from cars

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Ordered in at Onya Bike Tuggeranong

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey WCS (lovely), BBB (bargain), Titec (cobby) plus various road stems, eg ITM Millenium, ITM Big One, etc

Bike Setup:   Standard 2007 Giant Anthem 1. Time ATAC Alium pedals, Concor Light Ti saddle. Standard 110mm stem replaced with a 130mm stem (both 2007 EA50s).

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Geoff King a Cross Country Rider from Christchurch, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2006

Strengths:    Came stock with bike

Weaknesses:    Flex

Bottom Line:   
I was happy with this stem until an obliging bike sales rep did the 'flex test' whilst visiting my LBS, and suddenly I realised where at least some of those creaking noises might be coming from (see review on EA 50 post!)
Decided to install a 100mm Thomson to replace the 110 EA 50 - problem instantly solved.
The EA 50 is OK as a relatively light, quite good-looking OEM stem, but having now experienced a Thomson why anyone would upgrade to anything with 2 bolts holding the bar in place is beyond me.

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Favorite Trail:   Gun Barrel, Port Hills

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Thomson Elite (bought to replace EA 50); Kore Lite, numerous generic stems

Bike Setup:   Giant Trance 2 with Thomson stem and seatpost, Hope rear and Hayes front hub laced to Campag K2 rims,Hope skewers, SRAM X9 rear mech and X 7 shifters, RF Good n Evil grips, Avid Juicy 5 brakes, WTB Rocket V saddle, Maxxis High Roller rear Mofo front... my dream machine

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by shiny_car a Cross Country Rider from Australia

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2005

Strengths:    cheap and works; quite light

Weaknesses:    nothing for the price you pay

Bottom Line:   
this stem came standard on my Giant HT; pretty decent as a XC component; quite light, strong enough, decent build quality; nothing flashy about it, but it works

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   OEM

Similar Products Used:   Easton EA70; Thomson X4

Bike Setup:   Aus-spec '05 Giant XTC2

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by PAMA a xc - beginner frerider from Quito- Ecuador

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2005

Strengths:    light weight
nice looking
xc stem

Weaknesses:    creaks in my ea70 monkey bar
xc stem

Bottom Line:   
light weight, put your weight low and forward, I think very good to xc and xc racing. Mine came in my bullit, to make it more pedal friendly, it works, but after some drops it is starting to creak, a noice like something is not going good. Well I'm 220 pounds rider in a long travel freeride bike, maybe it is not the stems fault, it is just me, maybe an azonic shorty, aggresor or Race Face diabolus would fix my riding problem. At the end great xc stem, dont use it to freeride or for clydasdale agresive riders.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   regular xc no name stems and..... Kona Clump (good one but not a xc stem)

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Bullit, z1 qr20 eta, 5th element, easton hb and stem, thompson post, hayes mag 8", great mavic rims, lx-xt-deore, hozzfeler, kona saddle, kona bashgard, intense tires, great bike

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gordon a Cross Country Rider from Singapore

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2005

Strengths:    Looks cool
Strong as a tank
From easton
5-year warranty
Forged is better than welded
Fixes Easily
Laser-etched graphics

Weaknesses:    The front plate looks quite cheap.
Finish scratches off easily, revealing silver surface
Possibilty of crushing handlebar if not tightened properly

Bottom Line:   
Get this now...! Wow.. what to say? This stem is really really strong..and cheap.. been jumping around and it has'nt made a single sound yet.. looks really cool when matched with an easton handlebar.. Strong enough for All terrain , and quite light for it's category. Another great product by Easton.. cheers! =)

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Favorite Trail:   Roads + Off Road

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $32.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Kally Ground Speed All Terrain Stem (202 grams)

Bike Setup:   Frame : Progear 2005 rock a3(7005 aluminium, full suspension, 3 X 8 = 24-speed)
Front Derailleur : Shimano Acera Top- Pull
Rear Derailleur : Shimano Allivio
Crank : Shimano
Shifters : Shimano RapidFire Shifters
Brakes : Promax 3.0 Mechanical Disc brakes
Rear Shock : DNM Fireball
Front Shock/Fork : RST Capa T-4 Fork(76 mm travel)
Saddle : Progear saddle(Velo)
Hamdlebar : Easton EC70 XC Composite bar
Stem : Easton EA50 Forged Stem
Handgrips : Setlaz Kevlar handgrips
Headlights : Power beam white LED x2
Tail-light : Smart Red LED
Headset : Cane creek Thudbuster
Rims : HIC double rimmed aluminium
Tires : Maxxis Larsen TT 2.0(front and rear)
Fenders/Mudguards : Topeak RX DeFender Carbon Look
Pedals : Wellgo LU950(Platform only)
Computer : Cateye Enduro 8
Misc/Extras : Lizard Skins chainstay, grunge guard for both derailleurs, headset seal, brake levers.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan R a Cross Country Rider from Long Island NY

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2003

Strengths:    Strong hasn't broke yet, Light it weighs practicly nothing, Hold the bars like a gorilla and hasn't had to be tighted up again, Screws haven't stripped out like my friend's Kore Lite 3 did.

Weaknesses:    Cheesey stickers but thats about it.

Bottom Line:   
This ones a keeper, it holds my bars like a gorilla and weighs nothing PERFECT. It's got to be one of the best kept secrets in XC. It's so light and strong I forget it's there half the time. I have yet to have to tighten it up and I have checked. Bolts don't strip like a friend of mine's Kore Light 3 did man was he pissed. Hasn't broken yet like my controltec did at the weld I hate welded. I got it at pricepoint for a steal best 18 bucks I spent. I love this stem unless it breaks. I was a little worried about it being so light but after using it not anymore. It provides great control and it's a perfect size at 100/0. Buy this stem and you'll agree and if you hate it hell you ony spent 18 bucks!

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Favorite Trail:   Pandora

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $18.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   Controltech (junk) Specialized S-Works, (Bars keep twisting in this thing) Aviner (could never stay tight) Assorted no name brands.

Bike Setup:   02 Stumpjumper with lots of good stuff on it.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Denis a Cross Country Rider from Alameda CA USA

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2002

Strengths:    good looks, relatively lightweight, heavily discounted on pricepoint at the time of my purchase ( I bought the set stem+ monkey lite bar for $34)

Weaknesses:    I bought this item recently from Pricepoint in CA and installed it on a Chris King Headset to find out that the hedaset topcap is not sitting square to the steer tube!! It turns out that the stem is not faced and this is unacceptable to mount on expensive headsets like Chris King. I had to file to make it flat.

Bottom Line:   
if the headset mount does not require a faced contact surface to the topcap, I guess that stem is a great value. Once you pass this weakness and make the right adjustment ( e.g using the file with caution) it will stand out.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $17.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Bike Setup:   santacruz SL frame. Chris King threadless headset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Graeme a Weekend Warrior from Glasgow, Scotland

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2002

Strengths:    Percieved strength of construction, superior to OEM part.
Close fitting match to the stem it was replacing.

Weaknesses:    None, unless it breaks!

Bottom Line:   
This has helped my carpal tunnel syndrome problem and sharpened the streering.
I went down from 110mm 10 degree rise to 90mm at the same angle.
It's a good quality stem.
Only time will tell if ther are any constuction problems, but I think it will last the lifetime of the bike.
Might even take it to my next bike, depending on the fit.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Alpine Bikes

Similar Products Used:   OEM Orange stem.

Bike Setup:   Orange Evo2, Easton Ea50 90mm stem, RaceFace grips.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Jackson, WY

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2002

Strengths:    Strong, light, looks good

Weaknesses:    Um, honestly, it hasn't broke yet, so I have no idea

Bottom Line:   
Good stem, no qualms, and its at a good price.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Supergo

Bike Setup:   2003 SJ Comp, Thomson seatpost, python golds, egg beaters, flite saddle, new stem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BBS a Cross Country Rider from CA

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2002

Strengths:    Light, satin black finish, good price.

Weaknesses:    No laser engraving, just a cheap sticker. But who cares?? It won't make me faster.

Bottom Line:   
What can anybody say of a stem. This thing is what is suppose to be: strong, light, no creeping noises, hold your handlebar like a vise. I even forget it is there. And the price is a steal. I strongly recommend it if you are not a weight obsessed.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   DTM, Kalloy.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Cross Country Rider from Porterville

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2002

Strengths:    it's stronger than anything I can throw at it

Weaknesses:    the stickers, rather than painted decals

Bottom Line:   
this stem and bar combination is way tougher than I will ever be!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   pauls

Bike Setup:   fisher hardtail with EA50 bars

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2002

Strengths:    The stem is a non-issue when riding. Just set it and forget it.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
I have an Easton EA50 handlebar as well as the EA50 stem, and I've had no problems with either of them. Once tightened, the bolts stay tight. I'm very satisifed.

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Favorite Trail:   The one I'm riding at the time.

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   Azonic. Kore.

Bike Setup:   1999 GT Zaskar. Full XT. 2001 Marzocchi Z3. Rhyno Lites.

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