Cinelli XA Stems

3.5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $34.95

Product Description

Hidden clamp for a sleek. Very popular on the pro circuit.

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tooker from DC

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2001

Strengths:    nice looking, polished finish

Weaknesses:    quill could be longer, but no biggie.

Bottom Line:   
not stiff enough in the 14cm legnth? what the freak are you using a stem that long for in the first place?

also, can we all please stop equating "stiff" with "good"? a stiff stem (i.e. tig-welded cro-mo) transmits more road shock/vibration to the rider, leaving you hands tired and fatigued. a forged alu. stem softens things up. as far as forged alu stems go, the XA is probably one of the more stiff (3t sythesis, less stiff), but not too stiff.

anyways, this stem is a classic. it's got a great polished finish, streamlined shape, and is nice to look at (compared to a cro-mo stem). it's a little heavy, but not any heavier than a couple swigs out of your water bottle. a lot of places are blowing these out right now; got mine for 20 bucks from supergo. i likes it.

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Price Paid:    $20.00

Similar Products Used:   3t synthesis, itm eclypse, itm 400

Bike Setup:   serotta atlanta w/ DA 9sp

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by chismog from Santa Barbara, CA

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2000

Strengths:    nice, clean design

Weaknesses:    not stiff enough in longer lengths

Bottom Line:   
I see these all over the pro's bikes, and I cannot figure it out. It's a good product, but why don't they use cro mo stems which are at least as light and usually much stronger? I haven't weighed the Cinelli versus the Salsa I've got but I know that in a 14 cm length the Salsa feels way way stiffer and is about the same weight.

For me, stiffness is a much more important part of a stem than weight. If you ride a 12 cm or shorter, this product will probably work for you. But if you're on a longer stem, get a cro mo Salsa or Ritchey. Much stiffer.

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Similar Products Used:   Specialized, TTT, Ritchey, Salsa

Bike Setup:   Davidson Steel, mixed comp.

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