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 Post subject: 3t arx ii stem
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:43 am 
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Does anyone have anything good to say about the arx ii?

The arx 1 tested well at fairwheelbikes but the 2 now has the 2 bolts closer together and 1 bolt for the steerer.. I was wondering if it might be a downgrade.

On the other hand.. one store listed arx made in china and arx ii made in taiwan.
Arx ii using t25 is more resistant to stripping out even if that means a new tool is needed


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 Post subject: Re: 3t arx ii stem
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:36 am 
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I have a ii. Nothing much to compare with except a old Pro stem from 6 years ago. Much stiffer... No issues with the close bolt design though prefer the look if the mark 1. Yes the t25 is a pain in the backside... Good thing it is not something you adjust often.


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 Post subject: Re: 3t arx ii stem
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:52 pm 
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What I don't understand is why, with such low torque specs, are more manufacturers starting to use Torx-head bolts on stems? On most stems, you're only supposed to torque the bolts to 6 Nm or so.

It's a hassle when you want to make adjustments in the field. I have multitools with hex drivers, but none with Torx. Do we now have to carry tools for both hex and Torx?

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 Post subject: Re: 3t arx ii stem
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:21 pm 
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Was stiffness an issue with the first iteration?


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 Post subject: Re: 3t arx ii stem
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:20 pm 
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kame wrote:
On most stems, you're only supposed to torque the bolts to 6 Nm or so.


On most stems 5 or 6Nm is the maximum not the target. Which is probably why 3T chose to go with Torx

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 Post subject: Re: 3t arx ii stem
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:23 am 
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The original arx stem bolts in steel or ti should never strip if torquing to recommended settings and lubing threads.

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 Post subject: Re: 3t arx ii stem
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:12 am 
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Max, not recommended

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