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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:06 am 
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Hi, I am going to buy a new stem.
I already have a 3T seatpost and bars, so 3T stem is the brand of choice.

Is there anybody who tried any of them?
I am deciding among these:

ARX Team Stealth (Aluminium)
ARX LTD (carbon)
INTEGRA LTD (carbon)


It looks like INTEGRA could be the stiffest.....the shape and the highest weigth.....?
Is the INTEGRA worth of the money? Is it significantly stiffer than ARX Team?

Thank You for advice.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:40 am 
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I can not compare the 3T's, but I have the ARX LTD and I really like it.
Super stiff, low weight and nice looks.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:14 pm 
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Note that the Integra is a -10º whereas the Arx range are either -17º or -6º.

Also, the Arx has just been updated (not the Ltd version) so I suggest waiting for the Arx II.

All of them will be plenty stiff enough for anyone - they're used by amateurs and pros the world over for road, track and MTB.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:12 pm 
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Also, why would you actually want the stiffest possible stem? Are you a 2.000w+ sprinter or is this a pure crit bike? There is something to be said for the benefits of a little give in the stem. It's not like even the ARX Pro is a noodle...

Don't go build a 'dead' feeling bike because you imagine stiffer is better.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:29 pm 
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While each stem will serve whatever purpose just fine the LTD models are indeed stiffer than the PRO\TEAM models.

I have both of the ARX and my LTD is easily stiffer. I would imagine just given the shape the Integra would continue that trend.

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I have the ARX. 165 lbs. I have not been able to detect any stem flex. I really like the slipper profile of the ARX and the Team stealt option. You know looks are important too :-)


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:15 pm 
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I have the ARX TEAM STEALTH and in the FWIW category, it weighs 131 grams in 110mm length, just a few over the 125 grams advertised. You can pick one up relatively cheap since the Arx II is indeed on the way.

Personally, I'm waiting on the Deda Superleggero stem which is finally in stock and on the way from ribble....

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