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Kore Lite Stem

4.89/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $100.00

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Product Description

Kore Lite Stem 135mm 0' Black has a unique 3 Bolt Clamp. Ovalized, Oversized center tube. 6061 seamless tubing. Weight 220gms.

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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jacob O'Neall a Downhiller from Eubank, KY, USA

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2003

Strengths:    solid, reliable

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
For over a year, this stem hasn't gave me a problem. That's what a good stem does, it does its job (it holds the bar, and lets you steer the bike) and lets you foreget about it. I really have been misusing this stem, as it was designed as a XC stem, but I use it for freeride, DH, dirtjumping, and trailriding. (thats what it was made for) This review was actually for the Two-bolt Kore Lite 2 stem, not the plain Kore Lite.

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Favorite Trail:   any that's rough and technical

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   OEM (came on bike)

Similar Products Used:   Syntace VRO, many others (the syntace is my absolute favorite stem and bar)

Bike Setup:   2001 Mongoose Pro Valient, 2002 RS Psylo, complete Kore setup(bar, stem, post, and a Kore Chain Reactor) LX group, WTB Motoraptor 2.4's, Sun Mammoth rims/ WTB Speed disk hubs, WTB XR-2k saddle, Formula Activa Mechanical disks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Martin Miller a Cross Country Rider from Mundelein

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2002

Strengths:    Looks good, I dunno, it's a stem

Weaknesses:    isn't filled with helium to make my bike lighter

Bottom Line:   
I am short so I needed a shorter stem because the 120mm was giving me shoulder numbness, I got this thing bolted it in with a torque wrench, after getting the instructions for the amount of torque at www.kore.com. I like it a lot, go buy one if want

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Favorite Trail:   Devil's Head

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   SuperGo

Similar Products Used:   Titec

Bike Setup:   Stock except, water bottle cage, stem, pedals, got a lizard skin and some gloves

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom a Cross Country Rider from Mass.

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2001

Strengths:    Great looks, good fit, lightweight..logo's not TOO obnoxious

Weaknesses:    Screwing steel into aluminum..watch your strength!

Bottom Line:   
I'm reviewing the Kore Forged stem..no welds..to clarify.

Well....here goes. Bought this stem to replace the OE one that came on my bike after I noticed a small crack around one of the bolt threads. Low and behold, after running the Kore stem for about 6 months, noticed the same thing while doing my every other ride inspection.

I've come to conclude that I just dont' know my own strength while torquing down these parts. I have a cheap torque wrench that I use but make sure if you use a 6" allen wrench or torque wrench, that you don't go TOO tight. I'm thinking I cracked the aluminum around the bolt threads on the lower bolt of the face plate. If you look at it, there's not too much thickness there so do be careful! A break here during a ride could be catastrophic on one's dental health!

Anyhow, What did I do.....go out and bought the same stem again...really had no problems other than this and it wasn't the stem's fault I don't think! Would be helpful to have max. torque levels shipped with the products..I'm gathering after doing some research, that that would be about 7-10 foot/ lbs. for the handlebar clamps, and 20-25 on the stem bolts...

Hope this helps future wanna be bike mechanics out there....

Good luck all! And BUY THIS STEM!! I did..twice! Just be careful with those muscles!

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Favorite Trail:   Lynn Woods

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Supergo.com??

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager, Kalloy, Ahead

Bike Setup:   Fisher hardtail, flat bar, Icon ends..the rest doesn't really apply!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Charlie a Cross Country Rider from Milford, pa,usa

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2001

Strengths:    Strong, Good looks, good price, everything about it is a strength

Weaknesses:    none at all

Bottom Line:   
Great stem! No doubt about that. It will probably last me forever

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Favorite Trail:   pretty much anything

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Action Outfitters

Similar Products Used:   syncros

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Marlin 00' w/ manitou sx-r fork panaracer tires,mavic wheelset ,selle italia century 100 saddle....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rod Angler a Weekend Warrior from planet of New Orleans

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2000

Strengths:    Light.
Easy to install.
Looks good.
Forged, so no welds to QC, and that's always a good thing.
What else do you want out of a stem?!

Weaknesses:    nada

Bottom Line:   
Forged and $25? No welds?
Best value on the market I've seen.

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Favorite Trail:   yep

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   Race Face, Nuke Proof

Bike Setup:   yep, it is

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Luke a Cross Country Rider from Knoxville,TN,USA

Date Reviewed: September 20, 2000

Strengths:    Light, simple, strong.

Weaknesses:    No removeable faceplate.

Bottom Line:   
The stem is indeed, very light. But the oversized claming surface, big tubing, and beefy welds make me think it is going to last forever. Simple, light functiounal...the perfect part?!?!?!
Odd sizes are very cheap online right now, an outright steal. If you are positive you are going to be running a flatbar, pick one up. It isn't the flashiest component around, but I don't forsee ANY problems coming from this stem ever.
Do not buy this stem if you intend to use riser bars. They will not fit unless you bend some metal, seriously comprimising the strength of either the stem, or your bar.

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Favorite Trail:   lock4

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Cambria

Similar Products Used:   Generic stems, worldforce, ringle Zooka

Bike Setup:   99 Jamis Dragon

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by de la dave a Cross Country Rider from the donut shop

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2000

Strengths:    light,looks cool,knee saver

Weaknesses:    non-removable face plate

Bottom Line:   
you can get these for like $19 on line if the size is right its a sin not to buy it, i rode one for six months and would still be if i hadnt sold the bike

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Favorite Trail:   O.J. ohh i thought it said trial

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   titec big al,nukeproof,system 3

Bike Setup:   easton superlite frame,titec cockpit(big al/hellbent),lx,sx-r,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Justin a Cross Country Rider from Lawrenceville Pa

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2000

Strengths:    Good looks, light weight, good welds, knee saver butt.

Weaknesses:    Same as other review, one piece face plate.

Bottom Line:   
Great stem, strong and lightweight, good looking, comes in many colors, the only draw back is to make sure that you're bar will fit, my Ti bar juuuuuust barely fit, makes me nervous of increasing the weakness when i ride, but bottom line great product, get them while they are onsale everywhere for 20.00, i did!!

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Favorite Trail:   ASAPH

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   stock stems

Bike Setup:   '00 trek 6500, lx, Avid SD brakes/levers, nashbar clipless pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brad Hardesty a Cross Country Rider from St. Louis, MO

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2000

Strengths:    Light, strong, well built, excellent welds, and good looks.

Weaknesses:    Decals did not last long. Face plate is not removable so you need to be sure of the correct size that you are comfortable with.

Bottom Line:   
This is an excellent light and affordable stem. The only drawback is the non-removable face plate. (That is what makes it so light). The Blizzard that I own is Reynolds 725 so I needed to try to save all of the weight that I could and still not spend a fortune on light componentry. I highly recommend this stem to anyone who wants to affordably save some weight and knows exactly what size stem that they really are comfortable with. The non-removable face plate should not be a factor to you if you fit that bill. It could be the last stem that you ever need.

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Favorite Trail:   I never met a trail that I did not like

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Control Tech, Ringle Zooka, Tited Big Al.

Bike Setup:   99 Rocky Mountain Blizzard w/99 Judy SL. All XT.

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