HOT: Active* forum members generally gain 5% discount at starbike.com store!
Weight Weenies
* FAQ    * Search    * Trending Topics
* Login   * Register
HOME Listings Articles FAQ Contact About




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 10 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 8:04 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Oct 04, 2002 4:45 pm
Posts: 179
Location: UK
What is the vibration dampening like with various stems... which is best stem for this and low weight?

Are carbon stems best in this respect?

At the moment I'm looking at trying an F99 but was wondering if it might be worth gaining a few grams for something which might absorb more road noise??? (I'm getting old and like my creature comforts!!)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 8:10 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:21 pm
Posts: 254
Location: Eureka, Ca.
I've got an el-cheapo Token aluminum/carbon stem with a carbon tube running between CNC'd aluminum sections for the bar and steerer tube clamps. Not recommended for sprinter types probably, but has a nice amount of flex for those of us interested in smoothing out the harshness of crappy roads. I think it's about 175 grams though :-(

Chris


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 8:10 pm 


Top
  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 8:24 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Oct 04, 2002 4:45 pm
Posts: 179
Location: UK
Do you actually feel a difference in road dampening between this type of stem and an alloy version?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 8:29 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jun 10, 2006 6:41 pm
Posts: 539
Location: St Petersburg Florida
I don't know that I'd trust a carbon stem.

_________________
This board would be MUCH nicer if everybody would just chill out.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 8:29 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:21 pm
Posts: 254
Location: Eureka, Ca.
Yeah. I am light, but there is still considerable movement in my front end. Probably 1/4" of damping between my carbon bars and stem on that particular bike.

Chris


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 3:20 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Sep 03, 2006 1:55 pm
Posts: 1838
Location: Western Australia
That tiny amount of carbon would make bugger all difference. It is like 100mm of carbon tube and whatever in alloy. Excluding the true full carbon stems.

_________________
Cyclist turned music producer

Visiting South West Australia? Visit Crank n' Cycles!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 2:17 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Sep 26, 2005 4:29 pm
Posts: 413
Location: The Lowlands
For comfort I'd go for a 26mm stem such as an Syntace F99 and a 26mm carbon handlebar like Kestrel, Easton (if they have one) or Schmolke. People often rave about the comfort of a CF bar, not so much about CF stems.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 2:39 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Apr 11, 2006 12:17 pm
Posts: 550
Location: Not where I said I was.
Girvan FlexStem. :D


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 4:18 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Aug 20, 2006 7:05 am
Posts: 136
Specialized bar phat bar tape and Specialized BG gloves...If your still not comfy put two layers of the bar phat on.

I wouldn't trust a light carbon stem and if you crash on carbon fibre bars you should REALLY! Throw them away!

Your front should be stiff IMO anyway...maybe a tanky carbon stem but often carbon stems are still flexier than aluminium and MUCH heavier anyways so I dont see the point when you could just wear gloves.

here is an ideal combo of stiff/ light/ comfy: ec90 SL, Deda Newton bar and stem, Bar Phat tape! There you go. enjoy!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 10:19 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Jan 05, 2006 3:51 pm
Posts: 110
Location: East Yorks
MattC wrote:
Girvan FlexStem. :D


Oh sweet! You would need a GT RTS full Suspension bike to go with that! And maybe some Proflex Forks!

Bright Pink Local Motion or Cosmic Trail clothing and accessories anyone?

Stylish Era!

_________________
09 TCR Advanced SL Team with 303s
09 TCR Advanced 3 with Dura Ace and Ksyriums
09 TCX with Dura Ace
'Dale F1000 Full Wood (Last one after the cracking Super 6 saga!)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 10:19 am 


Top
  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 10 posts ] 


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Baidu [Spider], eric, FourthWall, Google [Bot] and 34 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

   Similar Topics   Author   Replies   Views   Last post 
There are no new unread posts for this topic. Pro 1.25" stems

in Road

carbon337

3

605

Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:31 am

lindsaywollin View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Vittoria Valve Stems?

in Road

addicted

0

249

Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:23 am

addicted View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Stem Testing Round 1, 19 Stems

[ Go to page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ]

in Road

madcow

65

5909

Sat May 31, 2014 11:05 am

Juanmoretime View the latest post


It is currently Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:05 am

All times are UTC + 1 hour




Advertising   –  FAQ   –  Contact   –  Convert   –  About

© Weight Weenies 2000-2013
hosted by starbike.com


How to get rid of these ads? Just register!


Powered by phpBB