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Specialized S-works stems

Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:09 pm
by rvlvr
Hi all,

Hey, looking for a stem, and was offered S-works options. One is the older carbon model with the magnesium faceplace issues (the faceplate has been changed), and the other is a new aluminum one. Does anyone know if those stems are stiff? I'd rather the stem was a sturdy one (I am 6 feet and 200 pounds, so not a giant, but not a flyweight either). How do S-works stems compare to FSA or others, are they worth the money?

Thank you.

Oh yeah: both stems are 130mm. The carbon one weighs 182 grams, and the aluminum is 136 grams (which makes it feel flimsy).

And I tried to look for a topic so I wouldn't need to create a new one, but I failed. If this has been done to death already, please, do show me to the right thread. Thank you.

Specialized S-works stems

Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:09 pm
by Weenie

Re: Specialized S-works stems

Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:02 pm
by pyrahna
Of those 2 go with the aluminum one....it is just a nicer piece if the carbon one is the one I think it is.

The real answer is once you get out to 120mm plus and want a stiff stem you should go with the Zipp SL Sprint stem. It's heavy'ish, but there is a reason that there are a lot of sprinters in the pro peloton on it even though Zipp doesn't sponsor them. It is silly stiff. Or the Pro Vibe sprint carbon is in a similar category.

Re: Specialized S-works stems

Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:10 pm
by rvlvr
Gotcha!

Thanks, man. Much appreciated.