Favorite Trail: Bob Sled Trail, Salt Lake City, Utah
Duration Product Used: 1 Year
Purchased At: CykelCity Stockholm Sweden
Similar Products Used: Kalloy Uno, Kore Lite, Zoom
Bike Setup: Giant AC2, RS Psylo XC, Öhlins Racing Rearsuspensinon, Full XT, Hope C2 brakes, Profile Riserbar, Flite Gel, Nokian Gazza 2,6 front, Hunchington Octopus 2,3 rear.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: October 4, 2002
Strengths: STIFF. Looks brutally strong. 3 bolt holder for bars. An Aftermarket stem that fits my 1.5 steerer tubed Cannondale!
Weaknesses: A little heavy, but that means strength!
This really is Stiffer than the CODA stems that come on Cdales, I prefer that feel so that I can get better feedback from the front end. I have the 105mm long by 14 degree incline and these are "flipable" for you XC racers. So far so Good. Time will tell on durability. I dont forsee issues.
Similar Products Used: Cannondale Coda (Stock)85mm length by 35 degree rise.
Bike Setup: 2002 Jekyll 1000 w/lefty fork, magura Louise FR discs, Easton risers, Sram Gripshifters, Thompson Post, Time pedals, Sun Singletrack rims on coda hubs, Conti Vertical ProTection 2.3s, a 4X4 inch FS 30 Lb trail bike for sure. It's all good under a clydesdale warrior like me!
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: October 25, 2001
Strengths: Use it with Profile carbon bars on a Ti hardtail and Marzzochi Xflys. It is a very stiff setup that makes the forks look the weakest part. the longish stem (120mm zero rise) helps to make it steer very quickly through rooty singletrack switchbacks which is where I have used it most. Clamp design is good but a shame I didnt get the titanium bolts as the steel ones are rusting already. Nice name and lazer etched graphics. Good value compared to a Race Face or easton equivalent.
Weaknesses: Rusting bolts!
Well priced stem which does its job very well and allows easy bar removal. Nice finish too. Loads of sizes to suit.
Bike Setup: Airborne Lucky Strike Ti hardtail with Sram 9.0sl rear mech and shifters, Shimano Hollowtech crank, XTR front mech, Hope hubs and mini discs on Mavic 317 rims
a Cross Country Rider
from Wiltshire, England
Date Reviewed: October 2, 2001
Strengths: Now stiffer than old two bolt version
Weaknesses: Steel bolts replaced the nice Ti bolts - rust, but its no big problem
Well I heard about the recall after I'd done a race and I phoned the Uk distributer for profile who are called Madison. The guy I talked to basically said they'd had a few failures and I could probably safely keep using it. Being an Engineer I just did not trust him and instead directly e-mailed profile US telling them of the advice I was given. They promptly said to ship it to them for a brand new stem and they would refund the small shipping charge. A week later I get a nice new trustable stem which is slightly more weighty but stiffer.
Anyone in the Uk - take care when dealing with madison - I was not amused to find out the advice they gave was a pile of sh&t. Five chillis to Profile USA for prompt service.
Bike Setup: Ti hardtail with pace and other Uk stuff
a Weekend Warrior
from San Diego
Date Reviewed: March 3, 2001
Strengths: Stiff, unique looks, wide assortment of lengths & rises, well made, cool name.
Weaknesses: None for the 3-bolt handlebar clamp model.
I am now riding with the 2nd Stiffy stem I've bought, on a new bike I just built up. This is an excellent product. It is very stiff, comes in a wide assortment of lengths & rises, making it easy to get that "just right" fit.
I've had no problems in the past year with the 3-bolt clamp model. The previous post about a recall was for the old 2-bolt model. I have been impressed with the quality of this stem, and its unique good looks is a bonus.
Give this stem a try; you'll be pleased with your new Stiffy!
Similar Products Used: Ritchey, Syncros, Salsa, Kore
Bike Setup: Jamis Dakar Team
Date Reviewed: December 1, 2000
Weaknesses: I came across a safety recall on these listed in the Consumer Product Safety Commission website. For more information, call Profile Design toll-free at (888) 800-5999 http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01044.html
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Profile Design Recall Hotline: (888) 800-5999 November 30, 2000 CPSC CONTACT: Kim Dulic Release # 01-044 (301) 504-0580 Ext. 11183 Profile Design Contact: John Cameron (888) 800-5999
CPSC, Profile Design Announce Recall of Bicycle Handlebar Stems
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Profile Design LLC, of Carson, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 8,000 mountain bike handlebar stems. The stem connects the bicycle's handlebars to the fork. These stems can break during use, causing the bicycle rider to crash and suffer serious injuries.
Profile Design has received reports of six riders crashing when the stems on their bicycles broke, resulting in teeth injuries, bruises and abrasions.
This recall only involves "Stiffy"TM threadless mountain bike stems. Threadless stems clamp directly around the fork's steering tube. These stems were sold individually, and also on custom-built bicycles and in bicycle parts kits distributed by:
The recalled stems have "Profile" and "Stiffy" written on them. The rear portion of the steer tube clamp is sharply angled (45 degrees) at the top and the front handlebar clamp has two bolts. The recalled stems were sold in black, red, blue, yellow and cream.
Independent bicycle dealers nationwide sold bicycles and parts kits with these stems and individual stems from March 1997 through April 2000. The stems sold for about $50.
Consumers should stop using bicycles with these stems immediately, and either call Profile Design to get a free replacement stem, or return the bicycle with the recalled stem to a Profile-Design retailer to have the stem replaced free of charge. For more information, call Profile Design toll-free at (888) 800-5999 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. "Stiffy"TM stems with "Profile Design" written on the side and that have three bolts on the handlebar clamp are not included in the recall.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. For information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call the above numbers or visit the web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/103.html. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.
It was light, pretty stiff, priced right, and matched the paint on my Kula. Stood up to the technical stuff well. One day I was loosening the steer tube clamp bolts to change the steerer on my fork, and the the threads on the stem (not the bolt)stripped. Helicoiled it, and put a new bolt in, worked fine. Then I was changing my handlebar, and the same thing happened at the bar clamp. While it worked, it was great. 1 for durability, 5 for everything else.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: May 26, 2000
Strengths: Cheap, looks good, stiff, gets the job done with no hassle.
Went from 135 mm 5 degree rise Control Tech to a 120 mm 10 degree rise Stiffee: best purchase I've made yet for my bike and my riding. I know changing the geometry has added to the stability of my bike, but above and beyond that the Stiffee feels more sturdy and sure thru technical trails. Great buy for a great price. Looks cool, too.
Bike Setup: Bontrager Race with with SunRhyno Lite-XTR Hub wheels. Race Face Cranks, Seatpost, and bars.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: February 22, 2000
Strengths: stem(s) look good and are priced right(around $55)
i have 2 different STIFFY stems. The old 2-bolt stem on my 1997 Proflex Beast and the new OS stem(3 bolt) on my 1999 Cannondale SV500. The CDale stem is proportionally bigger than the Proflex stem (1 1/2 vs 1 1/8). I am quite happy with both stems and it is nice to have a reasonably priced alternative to the basic C-Dale EOM stem.Mine are both 135mm with 12 degree rise. I say "try it, you'll like it."
Similar Products Used: I´VE TRIED ANSWER, KORE, CONTROL TECH.
Bike Setup: MY RIDE IS A MOUNTAIN CYCLE MOHO CXS WITH MANITOU SX TI FORK
a Cross-Country Rider
Date Reviewed: July 23, 1999
Strengths: low weight, looks
Weaknesses: flex, color chips off easily
Does Stiify imply it's stiff? Well, it is not. It flexes a lot, only riders who are light themselves should use this light product. BTW: I don't understand the reviews here that rate 1 because of Kore-like design. Imagine ALL products on this site were rated suchlike...
Similar Products Used: Specialized Ti stem that creaked a lot
Bike Setup: Seven Sola, SID 80mm
a Weekend Warrior
from Philly, PA
Date Reviewed: May 14, 1999
Strengths: Stiff Removable face-plate Great finish Excellent size variety
Weaknesses: None found yet.....
First off, what else can you say about that name?? I got one of these at a great price from Profile (while working at a bike shop), great stem for the money. Profile even sent a set of Ti bolts that should have come with the stem to me about 2 weeks later (it came with Al). The decals on mine are laser-etched, so no problems with them coming off as described in posts below. I just bought a new one for my little bro from Marketplace which is yellow powdercoat, the decals on that are just vinyl, so I can see them being a problem down the line...
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Was about to pull the trigger on a 29 steel HT and found a nice used Indy Fab frame. Got looking at my dirt bikes and started thinking about going big up front with a CF fork and had no idea that people were already doing this mix. The bike will be trail/ basic single track and urban assualt tool ... Read More »
I am looking to build up a new wheelset for my DH rig, and I don't know whether to get the Mavic EX 721 rims or the Spank Stiffy. I have a friend with a lime green set on his lime green bullit and they look sick. They look super beefy. I am wondering can anyone give me any insight? I am thinking ... Read More »
I just had my DU bushing changed and now my bike has zero play. Completely stiff again. After four years, my X2 is still pretty bad a@@. Sure, I might want a more sophisticated suspension set-up one day, but I can't believe how tough this frame has been.
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