Avid SAAGO Stem

DESCRIPTION

  • No bolts extended - saves your knees
  • Removable Face Plate
  • Tubular design maximizes stiffness and reduces weight

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Jun 20, 2011]
    dlongto
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Bomber, looks cool.

    Weakness:

    Can't run steerer tube above stem, so commitment is required.

    This is my favorite. Got 3 on bikes. I got a screaming deal on these on ebay so will give only 4 chilis for value at the usual price.

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    [Dec 20, 2010]
    EBasil
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Now 7 years on this stem: it's rugged and excellent. They're occasionally on eBay in clearance -- excellent buy if you understand the collet system and it will fit your fork.

    Weakness:

    The collet attachment system is a weakness if you're unprepared for it. It works great, though.

    Get this if you find a size that fits what you need.

    [Jul 10, 2003]
    Erik
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Stiff As All Get Out, very low "stack height", yet very secure collet attachment system. Matte "black ops" finish looks good. Relatively light. Relatively rare.

    Weakness:

    No negative rise or greater than 120mm extension available. Minimal marketing-based cool factor. Not possible to use spacers above the stem, since there is no cap or opening (it's a one piece top).


    This is a good, stiff, light stem with a low stack height. It steers very well, is very easy to set up and yet delivers a secure grip on an aluminum steerer (I don't know about steel).

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    [Oct 06, 2005]
    Ryan N.
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    BlackOps Resesarch for the masses, be the first to prove your LBS mechanic wrong when he insists "Avid has never made a stem". Stealthy matte black finish. Stiffer than your dead uncle Ray.

    Weakness:

    Good luck finding one. CBO has them off and on. Try Ebay. Think before you slap this thing on. There's a certain order - follow the directions.

    Only gets 4 chilis because it's a little heavy, but a few extra grams is worth it for being indestructible as well as easy on carbon bars & steerer tubes. The collett system can be confusing, just grease the bolts and think it through. Don't forget to put the thin nylon washer between the stem and the Chris King headset; you do and you'll be starting all over.

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    [Mar 20, 2004]
    Erik
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Collet mounting, stiff as they say, light, duro

    Weakness:

    as below

    An update from my earlier review, after now having a full year on the stem. I've also converted the bike to a singlespeed, which means much more hard effort on the bars.

    This is a great stem. Very solid, very secure.

    [Dec 31, 2002]
    Mark Wein
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Awesome design

    Weakness:

    None

    The SAAGO stem is the best clamping system of any stem out there. It is stiff, has a awesome bar clamping area, clean collet fork steer clamping system. The bar clamping design is easy on carbon bars. The only down side is the limited size selection(100mm and 120mm).

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    Thomson, Ringle, Salsa

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