FSA FR-200 Stem

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FR-200

The FSA FR-200 Stem is 100% CNC machined for maximum tolerance control. Light weight with a 4 bolt front Alloy plate for best grip. Features: Massive shaft -- 4-bolt CNC AL2014/T73 front clamp -- Chromoly hardware -- Sizes: ? 6? x L50, 70, 90mm -

User Reviews (10)

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gibsonra   Cross Country Rider [Sep 28, 2008]
Strength:

Looks Good

Weakness:

Broke

Rode it for a year and it was fine. Then 4 miles into a 40 mile race the faceplace cracked all the way across. Luckily it was not on a steep downhill. Walked all the way out and missed the race. I will not buy a stem with this faceplate again. I feel lucky to be alive.

Similar Products Used: Just about everything. Never had another break.
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1
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Curt   Cross Country Rider [Jun 28, 2003]
Strength:

If someone has life insurance on you they may be able to collect it sooner than they thought.

Weakness:

weak bolts and poor clamping power to steer tube

First time I had to write a negative review for a product for 2 key points.

First, I noticed the stem had poor clamping power as evident by the stem turned after I the bike fell on it's side (not hard) and also that my headset came loose while riding (never had this happen with any other stem I have owned in the 10+ years I have been riding).

Second, after deciding to overhaul my fork since the headset was loose I figured I'll use my trusty Craftsman Torque wrench to get everything to FSA's torque specifications. While tightening the handle bar clamp bolts (as directed in FSA directions and common sense of slowing tightening bolts in a cris-cross pattern) only 1 bolt would reach torque spec, the other three kept spinning (stretching?) until 1 broke and I threw the stem away (i'm not about to risk getting hurt big time to try save a few bucks and get more lame (FSA calls them extra strong and advises that you use only their bolts for replacement, ROFL) bolts that I'll have to keep worrying about).

If you have this stem, I would suggest you bust out a torque wrench like I did to confirm that your bolts can/will be able to get to the the recommended torque spec. Just feels kind of lame that this is a free ride stem that is not very solidly built. I'm still using my FSA headset, lucky for me is doesn't have any bolts :), but it does not appear to have any sort of protection for the lower sealed bearing :(

To anser the MTBR checklist:
Who should buy it?: a person you have life insurance on, FSA bolt/stem research department or your enemies
Have I actually owned it?: shamefully I must say yes
Submit 1 product review?: yeah
No insults or attacks on other reviews?: I guess someone who loves FSA or parts that may break/hurt you (i'm not saying FSA as a whole is bad, just this stem!) may feel offended, otherwise no.
My spelling?: hooced-on-fonics works phor me

Similar Products Used: Thompson, bontrager, easton, syncros
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kent   Cross Country Rider [Apr 05, 2004]
Strength:

looks good
CNC aluminum
quite lightweight (90mm 5degree, 175g.)

Weakness:

1. ***sharp edges near screw for streeing tube)***
2. screw seems to be never lock tight on streeing tube

I weight 149lbs and ride mostly agressive trial and light downhill.

Bad:
1. The sharp edge near steering tube cut my arm while i crash and fell over my bike.
2. The steerling tube screw seems to be never tighten up. Maybe due to soft material aluminum. I worry i will damage the stem if i tighten it too hard. I don't have a troque wrench. However is the screw problem, it still hold tight and won't slip with the steering tube even crashed on the trial.

It hold both the steer tube and handle bar very well and never slip. I use this stem together with EA70 riser bar(285mm uncut / 1.5" rise / 8degree)

The sharp edge is one of the reason i dislike this product.

You will need a troque wrench to tighten up the steering tube screw. If you don't have this wrench, look for other stem. Or you troque it by experience.

I will give it a 2 chilis due to is sharp edge for value rating.
3 chilis for is overall rating on its design due to lack of choice for length & rise of degree.

Similar Products Used: kore
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3
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Kd Kane   [Dec 11, 2003]
Strength:

Seems strong and stiff to me. Have beat the hell out of it with no consequences.

Weakness:

None yet.

I'm kind of thrown off by the previous review bashing this stem as I've had nothing but good luck with it. I ride roughly 100 off road miles a week in season and have had no signs of failure what so ever. I mostly do technical freeride stuff with some smaller drops (no bigger than 3ft). The stem has been stiff and had held up to many wrecks without any sign of weakness. Personally I would highly recomend this product for the price.

Similar Products Used: a few specialized stock stems, Azonic shorty
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5
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5
Pascal C.   [Aug 25, 2005]
Strength:

Light, good looks

Weakness:

I cracked the front plate that holds the handle bar on.

This stem wrecked my holliday when the front plate cracked. I hope that FSA stands behind their product. I will review this stem again after I have seen what FSA does.

Similar Products Used: Roox danny, axiom junk, thompson quality
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4
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3
4 Jaw Chuck   Cross Country Rider [Jun 23, 2005]
Strength:

Beefy forged 7075 AL and one of the few out there that come in 0 degree and 105mm length, the front clamp is wide and grips the entire length of my bar knurl too. No slipping problems here.

Weakness:

I don't need the graphics thanks. How come the XC 120 stem comes with TI bolts and the freeride FR200 comes with Stainless bolts? I would have preferred the TI bolts FSA. Since there is very little strength difference the TI bolts would have been a nice touch...and where the F**K is my FSA fork cap to make the 111$ CDN investment worthwhile, cheap bastages.

Try and find a forged 7075 stem in 0 degree and 105mm length, there aren't any other choices. After testing my Stock NRS stem for rigidity I swapped this component on and was blown away by how much my stock NRS stem flexed, this thing is stiff (what a piece of junk that piece of carbon tube is for looks only, it's glued in?). It's basically the same stem as the FSA XC 120 but the hole through the center is smaller making for a beefier part (60 grams heavier too). I'm a big rider (6' 1" and 230pds at last weigh in) and after learning the hard way I don't buy light weight weenie stuff anymore. The machining is excellent but the bolts were shipped greased which I removed for a drop of blue loctite. All holes were deburred and the finish was excellent.

As for the "riders" that can't figure out how to install a stem all I can say is buy a decent torque wrench or take it in to your LBS for the install. Sharp edge give ya a boo boo then maybe you should take up knitting. :P Like a dull edge would have hurt less...sheesh.

As you can tell I am a type A personality rider that rides rigid 365 days a year here in Canada and I value solid components that can take the punishment I dish out and not let me down, if you know anything about metallurgy then you will know that forged 7075 AL is the strongest you can get outside a forged steel alloy or forged titanium...thats why I bought it. Beware the 6061 AL machined parts sold for almost the same price, they are nowhere near as strong.

I would have given 5 chilis for overall rating but because they cheesed out with the stainless bolts and no cap you get three FSA.

I would wager it's the strongest stem on the market but because some "riders" cry about the sharp edge and stripping the smaller bolts out it won't be on the market for long, get em while you can.

Similar Products Used: Stock NRS Air stem, stock Giant stem, Thompson cam locks etc. etc.
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3
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5
Vladimir   [Feb 25, 2008]
Strength:

Looks good and strong.

Weakness:

A bit heavy.
Front plait cracks after 500 or less km of light XC

dont buy

Similar Products Used: Richy, Loock, RF, NoBrandName
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2
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Peter   Weekend Warrior [Jul 31, 2004]
Strength:

looks very good, seems to have cured my sore back problem, gives me more confidence on the steep stuff, very stiff and is pretty light

Weakness:

none yet, came without fitting instructions!

I know this stem wouldn't normally be found on a Gary Fisher Big Sur, but i'm looking at my next bike here which will defo be a fair bit more burly... It was also bought with the aim of bringing my bars closer to me and sorting out a bit of lower back pain i've been getting on longer rides. Seems to have done the job so far.

When i received the stem from CRC it never had fitting instructions so i didn't know the torque settings. Tightened it up to what i felt was tight enough but not to tight and it has not had any problems as pointed out in these other reviews.

This is a good stem and at £40 from CRC, is very good value.

;o)

Similar Products Used: Bontrager Race Stem
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5
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5
Ken   Cross Country Rider [Jul 19, 2004]
Strength:

It looks nice.

Weakness:

Broke without warning, causing me to crash on a technical, rocky downhill.

I'm still screwed-up from my crash in 1/04 from this stem breaking. FSA tried to blame me for installing it incorrectly. Same failure of this stem happened to a riding friend of mine that has the same Yeti.

FSA should recall this product. Anyone else having this same problem should post on this forum.

Ken

Similar Products Used: RaceFace
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1
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1
Rupert Wyllie   Weekend Warrior [Aug 25, 2006]
Strength:

Looks good, nice detailing and quality machining. Light for a freeride stem

Weakness:

Handlebar clamp plate cracked, sharp edges

Not too good I'm afraid as it broke, but this is my only FSA product so I shall reserve judgement till I hear from their warranty dept.
I'm only 12 stone so I don't really expect to break stuff!)
I have got hold of a bloke at FSA in the states so far who has been very prompt in replying, but warranties have to start at your local bike shop apparently!

I'll post back once I have an answer..

Good value and I was happy with it till it broke!

Similar Products Used: Lots
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2
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4
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