Strengths: Top CNCed build and finished. Very strong build and design wise. Basically "install and forget" parts that you do not need to worry.
Weaknesses: Nothing so far.
A very strong and stiff stem not only material wise but also design wise. The handle bar is fitted into the main body of the stem, and the cap of the stem has a tounge that interlock with the main body. This design will distribute the force not just to the bolts but also to the main body of the stem. I have not seen other stem with this design and I am sure this is why the diabolous stem has such a strong reputation.
Strengths: Will never break. There is no cooler looking stem. May not be for all but taste is something that cannot be argued about. Most will agree this stem is worth every penny based on looks alone
Weaknesses: None, its heavier because its stronger - Bottom line. Made in canada, home of the most insane riders in the world. If it's good enough to last in British columbia. . . enough said
Yeah, this stem is the dog's bollocks. Its sick looking, very strong, will hold the bar securely (forever). Anything going wrong with this stem seems very unlikely. Serious xc racers obviously will look elsewhere but those of us who appreciate rigidity, flash and something that will last for life should buy this stem Can attract a lot of attention as it adds much to your bikes appearance, so watch our for the dodgy folk who 'just wanna take your bike for a spin'. Londoner's - buy a cannister of mace to go along with it. 5 flaming ringpieces for this one
a Weekend Warrior
from Waterloo, Ontario
Date Reviewed: November 14, 2005
Strengths: Sexy, strong
Pretty basic review...this stem is super tough and it looks great. If you get the 70mm length it looks kinda odd but the 30mm and 50mm stems are pure sex. This stems seems strong enough to handle anything but a lot of stems are these days so what sets this one apart is the style. There are lighter stems but not ones that are stronger...it has a good strength to weight ratio.
5 flames chilli's for a product that works flawlessly and looks good doing it.
a Weekend Warrior
from sf bay area
Date Reviewed: May 24, 2005
Strengths: unbreakable sexy sex
Weaknesses: chrome bolts rust and mar an otherwise stealth stem
No other stem out there matches killer stiffness and strength with such hot CNC machining - no self-respecting freerider/DHer shouldn't run this stem 75 bucks is a bit of dough for a stem but: A) it's nothing compared to a solid gold stem B) it's the last stem you will ever have to buy
Bike Setup: '05 Norco Bigfoot, Hayes HFX-9 HD, Truvativ crank, Raceface Diabolous stem and handlebars
a Cross Country Rider
from aurora, colorado
Date Reviewed: March 19, 2005
Strengths: warranty,killer looks,pretty tough.
Weaknesses: mine cracked after two years .
after two years on my rockhopper and one year on my kona this stem's faceplate was discolored and faded looking,not the stem,just faceplate which seems to be made from a lower grade aluminum. after three years the metal on the sides of the faceplate had cracked on all four sides. this may have been caused by overtightening, but when you look at the thickness of the aluminum around the bolts that hold the faceplate on you can see there is almost NO METAL on the sides of the bolt heads. anyway, raceface replaced without even wanting the old one.way to go,raceface! i have since switched to a dangerboy tank which has MORE METAL around the bolts,but i got top dallar resale for the diabolous with the replacement faceplate, and true service from raceface, so five flaming stinkbombs overall.
Wicked stem, definetly worth the price. For a FR stem this thing rocks, if your a DH racer looking for a light strong stem this isnt for you (Go thompson). This is another example of a raceface part you can throw on your bike, and not have to worry about if its going to hold up on a drop/gap. Lets you focus on doing the stunt, which is what its all about. Go for it
Bike Setup: 2004 Norco Aline..888rt...Diabolus stem...
from Long Island N.Y.
Date Reviewed: September 2, 2004
Strengths: No this is a S-T-R-O-N-G A$$ Stem! No slipping, no bending, no cracking or creaking! Just Strong, Stiff, and built to last! This sucka will hold on to your bars and your steerer tube like an 800 lbs Gorilla! I have never had it slip even through some NASTY Drops! If looks could kill you'd be DEAD for installing this stem!
Weaknesses: Heavy for you weight weenies out there but most weight weenies don't Freeride or downhill! So Nothin, Nada, Zip, Zero! BULLIT PROOF!
First off I am a Freerider Not just a Downhiller!
As for this stem it is close to bullit proof. I would recommend this stem to anyone who rides through nasty trails and loves to Freeride and do massive drops! It has yet to slip or creak at all! If looks could kill then this stem has it all! After you install it take time to just look at it pearched up there! The graphics are awesome just wish they were integrated into the stem. You know some nice laser eching, I guess that might ruin the strength of it though! If your a weight weenie then go some place else but if your freeriding and not building your bike up tough, then it will more than likely it's gonna break really soon. Heavy Duty means Heavy weight no way around it, if your looking for a really strong stem for Freeriding or Downhilling get this one and it will be your last one you buy, EVER!!!! PEACE!!!!!
Well with the closing of Race Face, and in the market for a new stem...found one of the last D2 stems floating around.
Anyone have experience on these? Good stems or, should I pass and get a Thomson?
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Okay so here's the deal...I set up my pug and the thing rules like no other. There's just one problem, I've got all those little white spacers on the non-drive side. It looks like the crank arms are the same distance from each of the respective chain-stays. The question I suppose is this; Did I s ... Read More »
Just got a 2009 V-10.
Currently has '09 Holzfeller that were raced for 1 season.
I also have a new set of Diabolus that I've ridden about 3 times on my FR bike.
Holzfeller most likely needs a new BB, but I have an XT in good shape.
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