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Kore Stem Stem

3.59/5 (66 Reviews)
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Kore 130mm Aheadlite


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Q a Cross Country Rider from Northern Virginia

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2007

Strengths:    Kneesaver clamp, they stopped making it

Weaknesses:    flat bars only, stickers suck

Bottom Line:   
Simple, flat bar only stem (no risers…ever!) with Kore's excellent Kneesaver clamp. Stickers don't stick well, and are tacky looking, especially compared to Kore's better models (also when you have an Elite flatbar clamped to it). The glossy paint was okay, but nothing compared to the bead blasted finish of the Elite stem, which replaced this on my bike to accommodate a riser bar (I guess if you have a sledge and some swear words you could fit a riser on this stem). Decent for OEM, but I would never have recommended it to anyone for aftermarket.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came preinstalled

Similar Products Used:   Kore Elite

Bike Setup:   hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rob a Weekend Warrior from Toronto,ont,Can

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2002

Strengths:    Strong, single handlebar clamp, clean welds, stiff.

Weaknesses:    No longer in production.

Bottom Line:   
Great stem for the money. I switched from a Control Tech and the difference is amazing. No more twisting at the bars.

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Favorite Trail:   DVP secret trails

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Control Tech, Zoom

Bike Setup:   01 Jamis Dakar Expert with 130mm 10 degree Kore. SRAM 7 drivetrain, syncros seat post, white industries hubs with Ti spokes and mavic 221 rims.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jeff a Weekend Warrior from Dallas, Texas

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2001

Strengths:    None.

Weaknesses:    Bad design. Bolt size and angles make it immpossible to assemble correctly.

Bottom Line:   
The Kore stem came with my bike. The night I put it together, the bottom bolt stipped and basically ruined the stem before I could ever use it. I now have a Bontrager stem and it looks and feels better anyway. I just hate that I had to shell out the extra cash when I was suppose to get a good stem from the jump. I would stay away from the Kore stem if you can help it. I think most bike shops will switch that out for you if it happens to be on the bike you're looking at. Trust me, it will make your life easier.

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Favorite Trail:   Grapevine Lake

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Supergo.com

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   KHS Elite 2000

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Frank from Perth, Australia

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2001

Strengths:    Light, easy to work with

Weaknesses:    Weak steerer tube clamp threads.

Bottom Line:   
This is my second Kore stem on which the threads stripped. The first I might have overtightened (although the threads should be strong enough for an Allen key with no extensions) and it let go on a rough descent.

The second stem stripped the threads today on a similar descent. I didn't overtighten this one... I learned from the first.

I also found, when I bought this stem, that the bottom face on the steerer calmp was about 1mm out of square, making headset adjustment difficult until I filed the thing flat.

I've never had a problem with the cheap unbranded stems... do labels make the product weaker?

The Kore stem works well until it lets go... don't trust it! Too easy to lose teeth when (not if) it fails.

Rated very low on a safety principle.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Unbranded cheapies (great!), Zoom, Profile.

Bike Setup:   GT Zaskar LE, XTR gruppo, Titec Hellbent bars, Judy SL

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Charlie a Cross Country Rider from Hell City, AZ

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2000

Strengths:    Connects handlebar to bike. Looks kinda nice.

Weaknesses:    Flexy, no removable faceplate, and bottom surface of steerer clamp not square.

Bottom Line:   
This stem is like a noodle the way it flexes. I got used to the flexiness, but found that I could not get a good adjustment on my headset. After replacing the stem for a good square fit with my King headset, I realized that the stem had been way too flexible.

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Favorite Trail:   hawes

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Profile Designs, old quill stems...

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Heckler

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kenny McCormick a Weekend Warrior from Toronto

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2000

Strengths:    Strong.

Weaknesses:    Decals suck. I can't believe they just come off after 2 weeks of use.

Bottom Line:   
Can't get a better stem for the money- 'cept for the peeling decals.

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Favorite Trail:   Don River

Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ken a Cross Country Rider from Illinois

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2000

Strengths:    low price, nice colors, range of sizes

Weaknesses:    poor quality control, no customer service

Bottom Line:   
The headset surface is not flat, 1mm offset between the faceplate and the stem body. No response from customer service. Bought this stem based on the high overall ratings but I would not recommend buying this from mail order. If you must buy this stem visually inspect it carefully for flaws, especially the headset surface and the faceplate alignment. This stem really doesn't deserve such a high rating.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   kore lite 3

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by matthew a Cross Country Rider from vienna va usa

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2000

Strengths:    absolutely bombproof. dont even remember when i put this thing on. its seen many handle bar changes.

Weaknesses:    stickers wear off long before it will be replaced

Bottom Line:   
great investment for your control center

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   control tech

Bike Setup:   '94 zaskar le

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Cadel a Weekend Warrior from Singapore

Date Reviewed: December 9, 1999

Strengths:    
too weak to have any strengths...


Weaknesses:    
Treads on stem comes out easily..
lousy decals..
blah blah blah


Bottom Line:   
Sucks......i got 2 of em and both stem are now threadless...

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Favorite Trail:   
Toilet

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Bike Setup:   
Mountain Bike

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Daron Tan a Weekend Warrior from Kuching, Malaysia

Date Reviewed: October 15, 1999

Strengths:    
This stem is well made with all edges smoothed. The stem is very durable and light.


Weaknesses:    
The decals comes off after wetrides. The bolt turns rusty too quickly. Would have have given it full marks except for these 2 minor flaws.


Bottom Line:   
I have no reservation recommending this stem for XC riders using flat bars. Great value for money/performance product.

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Favorite Trail:   
still looking for it....

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Zoom


Bike Setup:   
Marin Nail Trail 19, RST Mozo Pro3.5, LX/STX RC Groupo, Mavic 517

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Fritz a Cross-Country Rider from Carrboro, NC

Date Reviewed: September 10, 1999

Strengths:    
Light
Looks good
Will not hurt knees


Weaknesses:    
Poor quality
Poor design and use of materials


Bottom Line:   
The stem bends easily . I don't know how or why b/c it looks very tough, but mine was bent so bad I couldn't turn my bike without the steerer tube rubbing the headset. I would never have imagined this would bend and it is surprising since I only ride cross country. I don't reccomend this stem to anyone b/c of potential safety issues if you do ride hard.

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Favorite Trail:   
Dunn RD, Raleigh

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Rocket Power stem


Bike Setup:   
Ellsworth Truth, Marzocchi Z1, XTR Drive, Chris King Headset, Race Face Cranks

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Billy Bob a Cross-Country Rider from Kansas

Date Reviewed: August 1, 1999

Strengths:    
This son o B will put you through Hell and High water and still keep your britches clean


Weaknesses:    
The metal is as pussy as the fat cats
who made it


Bottom Line:   
What it lacks in strength it makes up for by being as light as hogs eyelash.
Also it's paint never fades even after being pelted with doggarn all the pig crap in
southern Texas.

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Favorite Trail:   
The pigs manour heap round back uh my house

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Tioga Alchemy
Kore lite3d


Bike Setup:   
Full suspensionGT

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan a Weekend Warrior from NY`

Date Reviewed: May 30, 1999

Strengths:    
KORE name, Strength, clamping power.


Weaknesses:    
Not really any except for the decals


Bottom Line:   
great stem. came stock on my tequesta and has never failed me. It is very strong and light. couldnt ask for anything elese. the only problem is the decals are acctually stickers. i hope they don't come off! The KORE name is one of my favorite parts of the stem. oh well. 5

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Favorite Trail:   
some dirt mound by my house

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Azonic ORC(piece of shit)


Bike Setup:   
98 GT tequesta Judy XCs
kore lite bar and stem

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Ramon a Cross-Country Rider from Daraga, Philippines

Date Reviewed: April 26, 1999

Strengths:    
Ample handle bar clamp area. humongous no-non-sense design. Clamp is tighter than the grip of a snapping turtle.


Weaknesses:    
Too shiny. Get the painted version. Watch out when trading to this stem. You need a lot of steerer tube for it to be clamped the right way.


Bottom Line:   
Great trade-up aheadstem. Install and forget mechenism. No need to retighten or regrease. I causion riders buying the polished finish. I had a couple of times where I was momentarily blinded from the super-reflectiveness of this darn thing. I had to trade up this one with the syncros. If I had bought a painted model I wouldn't have gotten rid of it. Also. Kore should have include titanium bold instead of steel one. The steel one formed a layer of rust whenever it touches water. BEST STEM AROUND.

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Favorite Trail:   
bumpy congested roads

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Syncros CattleHead


Bike Setup:   
Answer/Balance AL-750. Sun/ChrisKing/Syncros/Shinao XTR

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Sean C. a Cross-Country Rider from Houston, TX

Date Reviewed: April 20, 1999

Strengths:    
Light weight and price, since it has been discontinued? On clearance everywhere...


Weaknesses:    
One bolt clamping of the bars means you have to strip your bars to install it....has held my carbon fiber bars in place thus far though!


Bottom Line:   
Lighter, cheap weight savings, has not slipped yet!Log it!

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Favorite Trail:   
W/O Bunny Lovers

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Titec on same dimensions, 120mm, 10 degree rise...HEAVIER


Bike Setup:   
Giant XTC SE-1

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