Profile Racing Stiffy Stem

Profile Stiffy

User Reviews (26)

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Paul Engman   Weekend Warrior [May 18, 2003]
Strength:

Stiffy says it all. Superstrong and zeroflex.

Weakness:

Cant find any weakness on this product.

A great stem that works for all kind of biking.

Similar Products Used: Kalloy Uno, Kore Lite, Zoom
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Badger   Weekend Warrior [Oct 25, 2001]
Strength:

Use it with Profile carbon bars on a Ti hardtail and Marzzochi Xflys. It is a very stiff setup that makes the forks look the weakest part. the longish stem (120mm zero rise) helps to make it steer very quickly through rooty singletrack switchbacks which is where I have used it most. Clamp design is good but a shame I didnt get the titanium bolts as the steel ones are rusting already. Nice name and lazer etched graphics. Good value compared to a Race Face or easton equivalent.

Weakness:

Rusting bolts!

Well priced stem which does its job very well and allows easy bar removal. Nice finish too. Loads of sizes to suit.

Similar Products Used: None as good
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Kelvin   Cross Country Rider [Oct 02, 2001]
Strength:

Now stiffer than old two bolt version

Weakness:

Steel bolts replaced the nice Ti bolts - rust, but its no big problem

Well I heard about the recall after I'd done a race and I phoned the Uk distributer for profile who are called Madison. The guy I talked to basically said they'd had a few failures and I could probably safely keep using it. Being an Engineer I just did not trust him and instead directly e-mailed profile US telling them of the advice I was given. They promptly said to ship it to them for a brand new stem and they would refund the small shipping charge. A week later I get a nice new trustable stem which is slightly more weighty but stiffer.

Anyone in the Uk - take care when dealing with madison - I was not amused to find out the advice they gave was a pile of sh&t.
Five chillis to Profile USA for prompt service.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Nat   Weekend Warrior [Apr 05, 1999]
Strength:

Easy to install

Weakness:

Decals yukk.

Yukk, the graphics are coming off on mine. Oh well. The stem is as strong as ever, maybe I should take off half a chili for the grafix, but that would be nit picking on an otherwise fine product. Be warned potential buyers, if you are a brand freak and losing the logos upsets you, consider it before you buy. Then again, if you are a brand freak then hell, you'd get Syncros or Kore. Maybe even Dean.

Similar Products Used: Specialized
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
mike kruz   cross-country rider [Sep 23, 1998]

Shame, Shame, Shame on you Profile, I came by your booth at the trade show in Vegas and saw your new stems that looked just like a Kore Lite 3 stem that I use on my Xcountry bike. Except your stem was upside down, Same front and rear clamps with your square tube, What gives? Does kore know about this? do you licence this from them? You should probably stick with your own design! I cant give a zero chile because of somebody elses design, so I will give you one

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
BS   cross-country rider [Sep 12, 1998]

Bought this stem to replace a non-removable face Syncros stem (to install a Profile riser bar). Sweet stem. Lighter than the Syncros and just as stiff. The finish is superior to Syncros - the logos are etched rather than cheap stickers. Also Profile stuff is cheaper and has a lifetime warranty!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Darren Weagly   Cross Country Rider [May 26, 2000]
Strength:

Cheap, looks good, stiff, gets the job done with no hassle.

Weakness:

None

Went from 135 mm 5 degree rise Control Tech to a 120 mm 10 degree rise Stiffee: best purchase I've made yet for my bike and my riding. I know changing the geometry has added to the stability of my bike, but above and beyond that the Stiffee feels more sturdy and sure thru technical trails. Great buy for a great price. Looks cool, too.

Similar Products Used: Control Tech
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
x   [Dec 01, 2000]
Weakness:

I came across a safety recall on these listed in the Consumer Product Safety Commission website. For more information, call Profile Design toll-free at (888) 800-5999
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01044.html

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Profile Design Recall Hotline: (888) 800-5999
November 30, 2000
CPSC CONTACT: Kim Dulic
Release # 01-044
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 11183
Profile Design Contact: John Cameron
(888) 800-5999


CPSC, Profile Design Announce Recall of Bicycle Handlebar Stems

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Profile Design LLC, of Carson, Calif., is voluntarily
recalling about 8,000 mountain bike handlebar stems. The stem connects the bicycle's handlebars to the fork. These stems can break during use, causing the bicycle
rider to crash and suffer serious injuries.

Profile Design has received reports of six riders crashing when the stems on their bicycles broke, resulting in teeth injuries, bruises and abrasions.

This recall only involves "Stiffy"TM threadless mountain bike stems. Threadless stems clamp directly around the fork's steering tube. These stems were sold
individually, and also on custom-built bicycles and in bicycle parts kits distributed by:

Porter Frames
Slingshot Bicycle Co.
Cicili Fondriest
Javelin Cycle
Hillside Mountain Cycles
Security Bicycle Accessories
Mountain Cycle
Ellsworth Bicycles
G. Joannou Cycle Co.
Simo Cycle Corp.
Jamis Bicycles
Samchulu Bicycle Co.
Softride Bicycle Co.

The recalled stems have "Profile" and "Stiffy" written on them. The rear portion of the steer tube clamp is sharply angled (45 degrees) at the top and the front
handlebar clamp has two bolts. The recalled stems were sold in black, red, blue, yellow and cream.

Independent bicycle dealers nationwide sold bicycles and parts kits with these stems and individual stems from March 1997 through April 2000. The stems sold for
about $50.

Consumers should stop using bicycles with these stems immediately, and either call Profile Design to get a free replacement stem, or return the bicycle with the
recalled stem to a Profile-Design retailer to have the stem replaced free of charge. For more information, call Profile Design toll-free at (888) 800-5999 between
8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. "Stiffy"TM stems with "Profile Design" written on the side and that have three bolts on the handlebar clamp are not
included in the recall.




The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To
report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at
http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. For information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call the above numbers or visit the web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/103.html. To order a
press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at
CPSC's web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Andrew   Racer [Aug 10, 2000]
Strength:

Light, Reasonably Stiff, Cheap, Looks cool

Weakness:

Threads stripped after about 9 months

It was light, pretty stiff, priced right, and matched the paint on my Kula. Stood up to the technical stuff well. One day I was loosening the steer tube clamp bolts to change the steerer on my fork, and the the threads on the stem (not the bolt)stripped. Helicoiled it, and put a new bolt in, worked fine. Then I was changing my handlebar, and the same thing happened at the bar clamp. While it worked, it was great. 1 for durability, 5 for everything else.

Similar Products Used: Specialized, Thomson
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
crazy bob   Cross Country Rider [Feb 22, 2000]
Strength:

stem(s) look good and are priced right(around $55)

Weakness:

none

i have 2 different STIFFY stems. The old 2-bolt stem on my 1997 Proflex Beast and the new OS stem(3 bolt) on my 1999 Cannondale SV500. The CDale stem is proportionally bigger than the Proflex stem (1 1/2 vs 1 1/8). I am quite happy with both stems and it is nice to have a reasonably priced alternative to the basic C-Dale EOM stem.Mine are both 135mm with 12 degree rise. I say "try it, you'll like it."

Similar Products Used: too many to list
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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