a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: April 25, 2010
Strengths: strong,cheap,easy to maintain
Weaknesses: screw loosens after a while
It's a good, cheap and a very strong stem. I did a jump, which was 3 meters long and had now problems with it so far.
Only disadvantage is that the screws, from the faceplate, loosens itself after a while.Defiantly a go when you're on a budget like I am.
Bike Setup: i have beter things to do than list all the components on my bike
a Cross Country Rider
from P.E.I, Canada
Date Reviewed: February 22, 2001
Strengths: -very light for the price -not completely ugly -very strong
Weaknesses: -face bolts tend to come loose occassionally
If your just getting into mountain biking this is going to be the best stem for your dollar, it will last you for many years, i have done everything with this stem, downhill, cross-country, you name it and it's still held up! This stem could be used by any type of biker, i'm not sure how much it weighs but i've heard it's only about 220 grams! which isn't too shabby considering it only costs about thirty bucks at a bike shop.
a Weekend Warrior
from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Date Reviewed: February 13, 2001
Strengths: Strong, cheap, light
This stem has been on two of my bikes and is one of the only original parts from my first bike, which basicly everything else fell apart on (even the frame rusted which is why I bought the Mongoose). It is a solid piece and has held up through a few good crashes, including one that I snaped the brake lever off the bike. If you have limited cash and need a new stem I don't think their is any out there that would serve you better.
Similar Products Used: Velocity stem / Kona stem / Box stem
Bike Setup: Saracen 2001 X-ile dual
a Cross Country Rider
from richmond, va
Date Reviewed: June 17, 2000
Strengths: great looks, very light! Zoom competition zero degree rise 1and1/8 inch steerer.
Weaknesses: I just noticed stess fractures in the front portion that wraps around the handlebar!
This is a great stem that gave me some good years of service. I ride fairly hard, but never really jump off canyons or anything. I was actually contemplating switching my handlebars because I was worried about fatigue when I noticed the stem itself was beginning to rip apart. This is kindof scary because I'm imagining myself on a fast descent with my handlebars coming completely detached from the bike. Another three or four weeks and kabloom!, I would've been dead. I'm not badmouthing Zoom, but it's a good reminder to be wary of light weight parts that are several years old. I've never broken anything in the past, I always figure it happened to other people. Bottom line, Where can I get another NEW Zoom stem to last me several more years!
Strengths: +Stiff +Cheap (it came on my bike though) +Looks kinda cool
Weaknesses: - Mysterious loosening of the faceplate bolts - Looks kinda stupid
This stem does its job and it just plain good. I can't comment about weight because I haven't weighed it. Actually I think I heard it weighs something like 220 grams but I'm not really sure. The only bad thing about this stem is that on two occasions I have had the faceplate (the thing that holds the handlebar to the stem) bolts come loose and it made for a hard ride home (with the handlebar twisting back and forth!). It is not that big of a deal, but it was very unconvenient. I beleive this was due to me using the mtb that this stem is on for jumping off my backyard ramp (although I use it for XC racing too) and that might have been the cause. Still, I am only 100 pounds (junior racer) and I don't think my using the stem on jumping is a good enough exuse for what happened 2 TIMES. So, besides that it is perfect, so 5 flames, but subtract 2 for the loosning of its bolts.
I had a few minor setbacks in my Lefty conversion (scarcity of PBR internals, then my LBS cut the steerer tube too short, lol) but tomorrow I am FINALLY picking the bike up!
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Hey guys, I'm new to the forum.
Just bought a 2014 Camber 29 Comp, xl frame. 3 days ago
I'm 6'4 200lbs.
handlebars are to low for me, feels like I'm leaning to far downward.
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Just wondering what everyone is running...
Flat bar or Riser?
Negative degree stem?
A buddy said I would be more comfortable with a negative rise stem and a Falt bar. I thought this was all personal preference.
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Some good deals here. I havent gotten one, but thought someone might could use it. Carbon and Alloy stuff.
The link is for one of the deals, go to "bundles" to see the others.
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