Salsa Cycles CRO-MOTO Stem

SALSA CRO-MOTO

User Reviews (3)

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jadedbee   Cross Country Rider [Jan 18, 2011]
Strength:

Matches frame, bent before it broke

Weakness:

had to remove all controls to get bar out, heavy, cut knee of bolt a lot, sticker was peeling

Not something I'd upgrade to (more lighter and stiffer aluminum options), but if it's the right size I'd leave it on your bike for the matching factor (wear knee pads).
I mainly wanted to comment how in a crash that cracked my helmet and should have snapped my bars, the CroMo stem took one for the team and bent almost 45 degrees without cracking or damaging my steerer tube. I can't help but think if I had an indestructible stem like a Thompson that I'd be buying a new fork or even frame!

Similar Products Used: Bontrager and Truvativ aluminum stems
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Jonathan   Weekend Warrior [Apr 05, 2000]
Strength:

Just about everything. The stem is a great upgrade.

Weakness:

I guess the Salsa sticker on the stem leaves something to be desired. Also, no removable face plate, so you must remove shifter, brake lever and grip to slide bar out. But its worth it!

I put this stem on my bike right away. I have the 130mm 10 deg rise stem, and it is beautiful. Salsa makes some of the best stuff around and this stem is no exception. Granted, it seems like is should come with better graphics that a sticker, but there is no chance that it is coming off. I have abused my Salsa for two years and the sticker is still fully intact. This stem is very stiff and is soo pretty, so just get one!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Charlie   Cross Country Rider [Apr 25, 2002]
Strength:

stiff, light, stong, reaonably priced: pick 4. Looks great. Handmade by Ross the MotoMan.

Weakness:

Mine is not the SUL model and so it's a pain to remove everything off your bars when you want to install or swap out the stem. I did swap it out for a 110mm stem when I though the Salsa, at 130mm was too long. Sometime I would like to buy a 110mm Salsa SUL.
The bolts at the steer tube clamp are not "knee friendly." But despite all the crashes I've had on my bike, even in tight switchbacks where the steering is extreme, I've never cut my knees. It's the Rapid Fire shifters and my barend bolts that excel in that department.

This stem is light, strong and stiff. It's creak free and has never cut my knees. I really like the looks because it's not as fat as a lot of aluminum stems. It's steel so it doesn't have to be.

The SUL model would be great because you wouldn't have to remove everything from the bars to install it. The MotoAce SULs is aluminum and is lighter, but steel is real.

Similar Products Used: Klein Mission Control (excellent but was for threaded forks and I had to give them up when I went threadless); Tioga and no-name stems
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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