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I am now riding with a Thomson 120mm/ 15degree stem on a Hammerhead. The Thomson stem is great...but heavy. Is there a stem out there that is 15 degrees, and LIGHT? If I went to a higher riser bar- Right now I have the low rise Maxxm...could I then use a lower degree stem? The new Thomson is lighter, but 10 degrees....I would have to shim for the handlebar.
There seems to be more options open at less than 15 degrees. The steerer tube is cut and at the tallest I would feel comfortable with.
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check out the USE atom stem. 12 degree, not 15, but pretty light, and comes with their star-nut eliminator which I've found to work ok..
 

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Ritchey makes a 17deg WCS stem for road (26.0mm?) which would be OK on your MTB bar. I have used road stems with carbon bars at the recommendation of a local shop and had no problems. Weight should be less than 120g.

Alan said:
I am now riding with a Thomson 120mm/ 15degree stem on a Hammerhead. The Thomson stem is great...but heavy. Is there a stem out there that is 15 degrees, and LIGHT? If I went to a higher riser bar- Right now I have the low rise Maxxm...could I then use a lower degree stem? The new Thomson is lighter, but 10 degrees....I would have to shim for the handlebar.
There seems to be more options open at less than 15 degrees. The steerer tube is cut and at the tallest I would feel comfortable with.
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hello

Ritchey makes lightwight WCS stems that are designed for MTB bars, you should not need to run a road stem with a MTB bar to get a light combo. I am surprised that any dealer would recommend this, as they are usually the first ones to roll their eyes & pull out their hair over "JRA" warranty claims related to parts being used wrong.

Ritchey's new 4 Axis '06 stems (with the revised faceplate and the newer graphics) are even lighter than the '05 stems. You can see what I mean by new graphics/faceplate here:

http://www.ritcheylogic.com/newsite/

These are for the 31.8 clamp diameter. They still make WCS stems for 25.4 as well.

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kretzel said:
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Ritchey makes lightwight WCS stems that are designed for MTB bars, you should not need to run a road stem with a MTB bar to get a light combo. I am surprised that any dealer would recommend this, as they are usually the first ones to roll their eyes & pull out their hair over "JRA" warranty claims related to parts being used wrong.

Ritchey's new 4 Axis '06 stems (with the revised faceplate and the newer graphics) are even lighter than the '05 stems. You can see what I mean by new graphics/faceplate here:

http://www.ritcheylogic.com/newsite/

These are for the 31.8 clamp diameter. They still make WCS stems for 25.4 as well.

cheers
Yep you should check what you are running. Road and MTB bars are different diameters being 26.0 and 25.4mm respectively (OS are the same). I don't think its a good idea to use a 26mm clamp stem on a 25.4mm bar (or vice versa). Ritchey do a WCS stem in both road and MTB sizes (aswell and OS) so perhaps you are ok.
 
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