Full Carbon stem options

Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
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by nickf

I like the MCFK stem but not so much on the English. See below. The stem is bigger then the top tube! The stack heat of it is also a bit bulky looking on this bike. This is the only part of the build I'm just not crazy about. I look at it all the time. I like the look of the Ax-Lightness Rigid stem. What I don't like is that it cost $500! Is there another lightweight alternative? 3k is preferred. Was even thinking just swapping it with my extralite stem off the c-dale, really wanna tie in the carbon bits though. I know superficial.


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by rheosibal

There are no minimal looking full carbon stems available in a 3k weave.

All full carbon options that I know of are:
- 3T, Enve, Easton, Ritchey, Zipp, Mcfk, Ax, THM, Black Inc, ITM, and Time.

I think AX is your best bet

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by RyanH

Unfortunately the answer is the Ax Stem. On the plus side it seemed less prone to slipping than the Mcfk stem and was about 10g lighter and at least as stiff.

As you can see, it looks a little thin even on the Litespeed:

Current Stable. The Snob Machine
The Ex's. LS Siena: 6.21kg | Parlee Z5 SLi: 5.9kg | LS Xicon: 5.76kg | C59: 5.7kg | Cervelo R5ca: 5.09kg | Fuji Altamira SE - 6.2kg | Scott Foil - 6.2kg | Evo - 5.18kg | LS Classic - 6.7kg | The Crumpton - 5.9kg

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by nickf

Ah looks good. Might just to take the plunge and order one. $500 for a stem is a hard sell. Anyone looking for a 100 x 6* MCFK? No slippage here, carbon paste and proper torque, been good to go.

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by DJT21

WR Compositi make nice carbon stems from what I remember.

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