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Titec Big Al Stem

4.42/5 (36 Reviews)
Weight : 190 grams MSRP : $65.95


Product Description

Everything a great stem should be: light, stiff, and KnockRated™ - our seal of abuse-proof performance!
Heat-treated 6061-T6 aluminum, welded together in a wide array of sizes, with a dual-bolt offset handlebar faceplate that eliminates direct stress on the bolts.
  • Material: 6061-T6 Heat Treated Aluminum
  • Construction: TIG-welded


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Diamondhead a Weekend Warrior from Jersey, UK Channel Islands

    Date Reviewed: November 26, 2008

    Strengths:    strong, simple, and silent

    Weaknesses:    chrome allen bolts rust

    Bottom Line:   
    Hasn't been reviewed for a while but still out there, not sexy, but sturdy, strong and as simple as a bag of hammers.
    Over 3 years old but looks like new, (aside from some rust in the handlebar clamp bolts) Quit possibly the strongest part of my bike! If you run with 25.4mm bars, like my Titec Hellbent DH get them while you still can.

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    Favorite Trail:   any

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $9.00

    Purchased At:   Pricepoint.com

    Similar Products Used:   FSA, Ritchy

    Bike Setup:   Diamondback hardtail frame, trail bike, nothing left stock

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by CL a Cross Country Rider from S. CAL

    Date Reviewed: February 5, 2004

    Strengths:    Beefy yet Light weight, good looking finish, very strong.
    Come with short size 60mm.


    Weaknesses:    None so far.

    Bottom Line:   
    Awesome stem, I needed a shorter stem than the 90mm stock, and there are not too many choice on the market other than heavy DH's. Big-Al is a big and tough one, I do feel the quality upgrade from Bontrager Race. Titec.com usually has clearance for very good price, their quality and value are impressive.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Race, Tioga.

    Bike Setup:   Sugar 3+, Titec Flat Tracker bar.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by næstep a Cross Country Rider from SF Bay Area, California

    Date Reviewed: August 9, 2003

    Strengths:    Strong, quiet and good looking -- the kind of stem you forget about once you bolt it up to the bike.

    Weaknesses:    Is it a weakness if the clamp bolt heads begin to oxidize after 3 or 4 years?

    Bottom Line:   
    Strong, quiet, good looking AND CHEAP! Well, relatively inexpensive compared to the Thomsons and Racefaces. Also maybe the only commonly available stem in a 25° rise?

    I actually own three Big Al stems. One has been in use for around 4 years, one is a few months old and the third is brand new. Never a worry of stripped bolts or creaks developing, even after repeated installations of the original one.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Frank Howard a Racer from Madison

    Date Reviewed: July 26, 2003

    Strengths:    I have 2 of these. Never a problem. Cost $16 at Titec, about 1/4 the price as a Thomson.

    Weaknesses:    None. Well, not as nice as a Thomson

    Bottom Line:   
    Excellent stem. Knock rated by Titec so they will replace it if it breaks. Well rated in Dirt Rag #100. The 52mm clamp makes for a very solid steerer tube interface.
    User below doesn't know anything about bike setup if his brake cable is snagging on a bolt. Have to chuckle at that one:)

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   Titec

    Similar Products Used:   Have many stems.

    Bike Setup:   One is on a Klein. Other one is on a Jamis Dragon.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by SWISS a Cross Country Rider from Boise

    Date Reviewed: July 15, 2003

    Strengths:    none

    Weaknesses:    lower face plate bolt catches brake cable
    lower face plate bolt stripped out
    creaky


    Bottom Line:   
    What a POS. First, the design of the face plate results in a lower bolt that catches on your front brake cable, so every time your fork compresses, the bolt catches the brake cable on the rebound. Not good. Second, I had incessant creaking from the face plate/bar interface that would not go away, no matter what I tried. Finally, the lower face plate bolt stripped the threads on the stem. Bad, bad, bad all the way around. Stay away from this stem.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   came stock on Bianchi SISS

    Similar Products Used:   Thomson, Kore Elite, Race Face System

    Bike Setup:   Bianchi SISS

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by martin a Cross Country Rider from melbourne,vic,Australia

    Date Reviewed: June 7, 2003

    Strengths:    very good strenghts, the stem is durable, strong , will take anything u throw at it and IT IS A GOOD PRICE!

    Bottom Line:   
    i know the mg60 is a very good stem it does take more impact making ur ride more smooth.i do really much like the stem but if u are underbudget trust me and get the titec big al!
    i never had problems with the stem on that the bolt heads are rusting but that can be replaced for cheap

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    Favorite Trail:   tThe track

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   easton MG60

    Bike Setup:   Giant atx 890

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by dennisd a Cross Country Rider from Cornwall, Ont.

    Date Reviewed: November 11, 2002

    Strengths:    -killer matt black finish
    -super strong and stiff


    Weaknesses:    -obscolescent technology
    -no four bolt set up


    Bottom Line:   
    The Titec BigAl is, gram for gram, probably one of the best stems out there for the money. It's reasonably light, very stiff and beefed up. It also has one of the best warranties in the business.

    The Big Al does not represent the latest in technology, though. That is, it isn't machined out of a single block of aluminum, it's welded. Also it has a two bolt configuration instead of a four bolt. So if that bothers you, or you want the very best out there no matter what it costs, then get a Thompson or a Race Face Deus.

    I would still recommend the Titec unit though, it has killer looks and won't cost you $200 which is just crazy.

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    Favorite Trail:   Charlottenburg

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Bike Setup:   '01 Secialized Enduro w/ Hayes hydraulics

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ryan a Weekend Warrior from Sodus, NY, USA

    Date Reviewed: June 16, 2002

    Strengths:    Great stem, well worth the money, if not 30 dollars more. Stiff, strong, great looking.

    Weaknesses:    NONE!!!

    Bottom Line:   
    if you need a cheap and very good stem, visit www.titec.com this stem is awesome. it is light yet still very stiff. it looks great on any bike (mine is black) helps to put your steering effort to the front wheel. bottom line: if u dont have one buy one.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $5.00

    Purchased At:   TITEC

    Similar Products Used:   some cheap aluminum thing that weighed a ton and was flexy...

    Bike Setup:   Mongoose AR-50 with LX drivetrain, RST fork (sucks), TIME ATAC ALIUM pedals, panaracer fire xc pro, TITEC big al and enduro handlebar, sun ZJ18 rims.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Nat a Cross Country Rider from State College, PA

    Date Reviewed: May 26, 2002

    Strengths:    This titec stem gets the job done. Excellent price directly from Titec.

    Bottom Line:   
    I don't understand why anyone would pass up a Titec stem for five bucks. I'm not exactly sure why people are willing to empty their wallets out for some of those expensive stems such as the Thompson Elite and what not. I've been noticing that people like to brag about having Thompson stuff when they list their bike setup, must be a prestige issue.

    This stem comes in a variety of angles and lengths.

    Buy this stem if you're not worried about having a fancy hood ornament on your bike. Make sure you buy the stem that fits you best though.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $5.00

    Purchased At:   www.titec.com


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Andy Orr a Cross Country Rider from Fort Collins, CO

    Date Reviewed: May 6, 2002

    Strengths:    Very stiff, holds the bar securely, nice rise.

    Weaknesses:    None so far.

    Bottom Line:   
    Contemplated swapping this stem for a chi-chi RaceFace or Thomson from one of my old bikes. Decided why bother? This thing does its job very well. Great stem.

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    Favorite Trail:   Whatever's next...

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Stock on Giant AC Air Lite

    Similar Products Used:   Thomson Elite, RaceFace System

    Bike Setup:   32 pounds of long travel fun

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Bob Gifford a Cross Country Rider from Schenectady, NY, USA

    Date Reviewed: April 25, 2002

    Strengths:    Relativly light, strong, stiff, responsive, beefy look.

    Weaknesses:    for 5 bucks are you kidding me????

    Bottom Line:   
    BUY IT. for 5 bukc you can't beat it. u can drop a concrete cinder block on it and they will replace it cause its knockrated. its very easy to ovetighten, many people underestimate how much u gotta clamp down on it. just take a turn or 2 past the "snugg" zone

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    Favorite Trail:   trailless woods in my backyard

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $5.00

    Purchased At:   www.titec.com

    Similar Products Used:   schwinn "ride tuned"

    Bike Setup:   Schwinn Mesa GS Titec appendages, XTR/Sun wheelset, duke fork

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Troy Nicholson a Weekend Warrior from Athens, Ohio

    Date Reviewed: April 16, 2002

    Strengths:    looks good, strong, not super heavy

    Weaknesses:    a bit long, not the lightest

    Bottom Line:   
    couldn't go wrong with the price!!!

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    Favorite Trail:   anything

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $5.00

    Purchased At:   titec

    Similar Products Used:   specialized factory one


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Michael a Cross Country Rider from Seattle

    Date Reviewed: April 8, 2002

    Strengths:    Stiff, quiet, light, inexpensive.

    Weaknesses:    Ugly welds.

    Bottom Line:   
    I rode the Ritchie for years with no issues. Rode the Race Face and always seemed flexy and made lots of creaking noises. Changed to the Titec becuase it came with a buddy's bike and was not the right size for him.

    I have been very happy with it. The creaking noise is gone, and it feels stiffer. Ugly welds though.

    Good stem for a cross country guy. Great value.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   Got it from a buddy

    Similar Products Used:   Race Face System, Ritchey.

    Bike Setup:   Strong Frame with the usual XT bits.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from Bay Area, CA

    Date Reviewed: March 15, 2002

    Strengths:    strong, close tolerance with steerer tube, light, wide range of sizes

    Bottom Line:   
    I got this stem on deep discount directly from Titec because I didn't mind choosing between red or blue. I think I paid about $25 for it, which alone makes it a 5-chili value. It's noticeably stiffer laterally than any stem I've tried, takes impacts like nothing, and I've never had it come loose. Before I installed it, I coated all surfaces with anti-seize: all 4 bolt threads, the inside of the handlebar clamp, and the steerer tube clamp. It did have a minor blemish where the powder coating (or whatever) dripped on the inside of the clamp, which would have scratched the steerer if I hadn't filed it down. Overall, I cannot recommend this product highly enough! If you experience any creaking, pull out all the bolts and coat them with anti-seize. I had a friend who did this and it solved all his creaking problems.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   www.titec.com

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Race 135mm, Barracuda 130mm, Icon 135mm

    Bike Setup:   Titus Racer-X, Marzocchi Z-1 X-Fly, Icon handlebar

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by joe smiley a Cross Country Rider from van,b.c, canada

    Date Reviewed: October 29, 2001

    Strengths:    works

    Weaknesses:    none.

    Bottom Line:   
    it's hard to find a product like this these days....no flash but just plain good engineering at a decent price. i was looking to purchase a new fancy stem(read pricey, glizty)to compliment the bike. but heck, the stuff out there just isn't worth the trust and money. that's what it's all about isn't it? i mean, if i have to pay $120 for a raceface system stem, it better be damn near its intended engineering specs. i don't expect to hear creaking noises or have the sales staff tell me 'it's a minor design flaw.' good grief! if people pay mercedes prices, they shouldn't get a hyundai. i think this stem is pretty wicked and i wouldn't trade it for something else more pricy or branded. its price, design and functionality mirrors the finer qualities in our sport.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Similar Products Used:   easton magnesium, control-tech,kore.

    Bike Setup:   santa cruz superlite, xtr brakes, xt all around,pyslo.

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