Race Face Deus XC Stem

2.79/5 (14 Reviews)
Weight : 125 grams MSRP : $24.98


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Product Description

Deus XC stem has been dramatically re-designed to minimize weight. We’ve kept the same performance enhancing features that have made our stems some of the industry’s best. However, we’ve trimmed the excess weight, making this stem ideal for high level cross country riders and racers.

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Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Wheelspeed a Cross Country Rider from Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2011

Strengths:    Low cost, light weight.

Weaknesses:    Bolts rusted after awhile, but, I never dry my bike after it gets wet and it rains a lot in Pittsburgh.

Bottom Line:   
Stem has been fine. I'm 170# with a 3x9 drivetrain and using CF bars. No problems. I don't normally rate parts, but I happened to see people's various complaints. Here are some pointers:

- If you're over 200#, you probably shouldn't be choosing lightweight parts. (Well, light derailleurs/shifters should be ok.)
- If you're using singlespeed or maybe even 1x9, then you probably shouldn't be using light xc stems since most of you guys like wide bars and need to pull on that bar pretty hard up hills.
- If you're using CF bars, it's probably a good idea to touch the edges of any stem with some emery paper or some kind of wet-sanding paper to be sure there are no manufacturing burrs on the edges that can score your bars or create a stress-concentration area.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $35.00

Similar Products Used:   Various no-name stems from the LBS parts-take-off bin box.

Bike Setup:   XC

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Acid a Cross Country Rider from Poland

Date Reviewed: November 21, 2010

Strengths:    Lightweight, nothing more

Weaknesses:    - CRACKED !!!
- Peeling finish
- Looks very bad in silver


Bottom Line:   
Where is the quality???

I agree with the opinion:

"For the finish on a high end stem to peel off after a couple of months and then to crack after a year after jumping off nothing higher than a foot is completely unacceptable...don't mess around, if you wanna spend this much get a thomson!"

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by pine_o a Cross Country Rider from Santa Monica, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2010

Strengths:    Lightweight

Weaknesses:    Very poor craftsmanship

Bottom Line:   
I purchased the white version of this stem. The white paint is very fragile and began chipping off during the installation. The top bolt did not thread properly and stripped the bolt. This is a lightweight stem, but the craftsmanship of the white version is weak.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $81.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   Race Face Evolve
Easton 90


Bike Setup:   2009 Giant Anthem X2

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dubdryver a Cross Country Rider from Miami, FL

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2010

Strengths:    One of the lightest stems for the price, and even against stuff much more expensive! Solid construction

Weaknesses:    lame Race Face "eye" emblem on the front?

Bottom Line:   
I read some of the other reviews for this product. I have the black version, it looks a little better I think. By the price/weight ratio there is nothing that really even comes close to to this stem. I run Easton MonkeyLite XCs CNT version and have no problems with the stem doing bad to the bars. It has been solid and has performed beyond my expectations.

There is a rumor, well maybe not..its true, there is a bunch of clydesdales riders rolling around on light XC equipment, and then putting a bunch of negative reviews on everything. If you are 220+ w/o gear, and rolling around on light XC components, news flash! You are probably going to break it! Thats just the way it is. Go out and purchase all-mountain type components and thrash it. It will better serve you! Its like taking a SID to a downhill event...not very smart.

I weigh 178 w/o Gear, and I ride hard and ask a lot of the stem, and it has held up flawlessly, so take it as a grain of sand, if you feel you fit the perimeters of this product's limits, you won't be disappointed.

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Favorite Trail:   singletrack

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   Easton EAs, Truvativ Stylo

Bike Setup:   SC Blur Fox/Fox, Sram x9, ZTR wheels maxxis tires Thompson, noir crank

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mtmtbkr a Cross Country Rider from rockies

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2010

Strengths:    Clean, Four Bolt Face Plate, Matte Black Model

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
For over a year this has served its purpose flawlessly. I run a typical XC set-Up in the Intermountain West. Never had a doubt about the strength or ability of this stem. I don't run Carbon bars as I am 200+ packed with gear.
Stiff, Lightweight, well made.

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Favorite Trail:   singletrack

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $26.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   Thomson, Syncros, Ringle, Easton, Syntace

Bike Setup:   Strong Steel 26"

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ecogeek a Cross Country Rider from Calgary

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2009

Strengths:    Cheap, light, strong enough in shorter lengths. 4-bolt face-plate.

Weaknesses:    Slightly too weak for strong, heavy riders using longer bars and bar-ends.

Bottom Line:   
Great deals to be had on this stem. If you use a shorter stem and/or are a lighter rider and use shorter bars this will be fine. If you use a long stem/bars, and/or are heavier (>180lbs) you should probably look elsewhere. I have the 110mm non-chrome version holding a 26" Easton Monkeylite XC carbon riser bar w bar-ends. I weigh 180lbs and 190lb+ loaded and haul on the bar ends. No problems so far (touch wood). I changed the stem and bars at the same time, so I'm not certain yet whether the extra flex I feel is just the 25.4mm carbon bars, or bars and stem. The reviewer that said this stem broke his Monkeylite probably had a scratch on the bar, a defect to the bar, a burr on the stem that was missed, overtorqued it (should be ~6.5N/m), or a combination of the above. These are def fine w carbon if you take care setting up. When you set up a carbon bar, you have to make sure the stem is free of sharp edges/burrs. I think at $25 these stems are a steal for the XC rider. Def a bit too light for heavier riders looking for an all-mountain stem. But that is not only obvious, but it's absolutely clear from the manufacturer. I switch this out for a shorter Easton Vice stem for freeride. Any fatties using the 130mm+ versions of the Deus for downhill are asking for trouble, but that is SOO obvious, you can't knock the product for failure under those circs. Certainly, if you're a strong, agressive XC rider, you will wonder if this is strong enough. I still wonder, but so far so good. 1chili off for making me wonder. V light though.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   WTB. Truvativ. Titec.

Bike Setup:   110mm black stem holds 26" monkeylite carbon bar w ergo grips and bar-ends.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Andy from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2008

Strengths:    Light and nice looking.

Weaknesses:    Narrow walls.

Bottom Line:   
The narrow walls trashed my beautiful Easton Monkeylite bar. Was torqued to 40 inch pounds with a torque wrench. These are NOT carbon safe. GARBAGE!!!
WTF Race Face???

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Old Race Face Deus, Thomson Syncros and many others

Bike Setup:   Superlight

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ed Ballow a Cross Country Rider from navarre,Fl,USA

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2007

Strengths:    looked good, light, lasted 1yr-1.5 yr, when it failed it did'nt kill me

Weaknesses:    cracked face plate, peeling finish

Bottom Line:   
face plate has been peeling but no biggie for me. now I noticed the face plate is cracked in several places, thats a biggie. yes it's the crome version. 12-18 months is pretty weak. It's on a carbon bar. Maybe some people can toss stuff after a year but not me, I want stuff that lasts.

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Favorite Trail:   kokapelli trails, Fruita

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   can' remember

Bike Setup:   nrs

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Evan Price a Cross Country Rider from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2006

Strengths:    Light,looks bling when new

Weaknesses:    Silver chrome finish started to peel off after a month or so. Was completly gone after a year and peeled off leaving sharp edges.
Cracks developed at the headset side on top and below and spread towards the handlebar.


Bottom Line:   
For the finish on a high end stem to peel off after a couple of months and then to crack after a year after jumping off nothing higher than a foot is completely unacceptable...don't mess around, if you wanna spend this much get a thomson!

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Favorite Trail:   Lebanon

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   ChainReactionCycles.com

Similar Products Used:   Easton EA50

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz blur with fox suspension, and SRAM and raceface drivetrain

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Reynolds a Weekend Warrior from Japan

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2006

Strengths:    It just looks cool. Fantastic polished silver finish (no problem with "peeling). For use with oversize bar

Weaknesses:    None. It's bullet proof. A real good looker

Bottom Line:   
Works great. Beautiful looking.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Japan

Similar Products Used:   FSA OS-115

Bike Setup:   TREK 8500

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by scott from md

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2006

Strengths:    light weight, pretty.

Weaknesses:    it cracked.

Bottom Line:   
Was nice. Now its cracked. Split right up the middle from the headset. Used it for about a year, no big hits, just cool x-country. sent it back for full warranty, but who wants to wait for that? I'll be getting a Thompson.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $65.00

Similar Products Used:   specialized mt. stem, bontranger select

Bike Setup:   04 epic

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by paul a Racer from rutland, ma

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2006

Strengths:    light wt.

Weaknesses:    don't hold up, only lasted 8-9 months before cracking at top and bottom around where it clamps on to the fork steerer tub

Bottom Line:   
yes we all like light bikes, but it needs to hold up and not break!!!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $65.00


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James Rai a Cross Country Rider from Bristol, U.K.

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2006

Strengths:    This is for the late Deus 2 xc at the time of writing.

Super lightweight and strong, nice logo and great finish.
Available in good lengths (errr).


Weaknesses:    Restricted to 6 degrees.
Heard that the Silver version can peel off if you need to file up for oversize tubes.

Xc does not need oversize, maybe dh or fr.


Bottom Line:   
Great piece kit, nice finish, trick light weight, bit pricy but equivlent Thompson costs the same and weighs a ton.

Stay away from peeling silver version.

In black-Fantastic!

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Favorite Trail:   To be found, Wales is great.

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $62.00

Purchased At:   PsycleWorX Bristol

Similar Products Used:   Raceface Deus 1, Syncros, Tioga.

Bike Setup:   Refitted Gt Zaskar Race easton 2001 edt, 717 wheels Dt rev spokes, xt hubs and brakes, Lx shifters, arzonic double-wall risers, Xtr rm, Lx fm, Syncros 6061 seatpost, specialized Jett saddle-ladies I know...Hope hose supporters and stem spacers. RC31 forks. Conti tyres.

Awaiting reba 07 or manitou R7,

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Giancarlo Pelosi a Weekend Warrior from Miramar, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2006

Strengths:    Good lookin stem and lighter than a Thomson Elite. So far so good. Rugged.

Weaknesses:    A little thin lookin for my taste but still an eye catcher. If not this stem than I would choose a Thomson Elite.

Bottom Line:   
Good so far. Get it for the price.

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Favorite Trail:   Markham Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Bell's Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Kore

Bike Setup:   06 Giant Trance 1, 06 XTR rear der, 06 XT front der, XT rotors, chain, and shifters. Hayes 9 Carbon, 06 FOX F100RL, 06 FOX Float RP3, Mavic Crossmax SL disc, Chris King headset, Kenda Nevagal UST's, ODI Rogue lock on grips, WTB Rocket V Stealth saddle, and a SRAM 990 rear cog.

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