Thomson X2 Stems

3.82/5 (22 Reviews)
MSRP : $100.00

Product Description

The legendary Thomson Elite, in a downsized clamp version for road use. With two bolts instead of four, it shaves grams but still provides similar stiffness to the MTB Elite stem. 100% Made in the USA Smooth-edged clamp for c...

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ziscwg

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2013

Strengths:    Very solid feel. Coming from an FSA OC-99, it's very apparent.
The look. At first it seemed bulbish looking. When mounted, I like it.
The quality of the stem.

Weaknesses:    A tad heavier than the FSA OC-99 it replaced by 10 gr.

Bottom Line:   
I put X2 on because the FSA OC-99 I was using seemed to dig into bars as if the face plate was too small.

The feel of the X2 was stiffer and way more "solid" feeling. I'll take the 10 gr weight difference any day.

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Similar Products Used:   FSA OC-99

Bike Setup:   CAAD10 with Thomson KFC One bars

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Richard a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2012

Strengths:    Light, classy looking, precisely made

Weaknesses:    Face plate cracks

Bottom Line:   
The face plate has cracked where the bottom bolt is located after a few hundred miles and it is showing cracking appearing where the top bolt is located.

If I had not noticed this I may have lost my front teeth.

I don't believe I over tightened the bolt as I used a torque wrench. It is just the stresses are too great in that area for the amount of material. There is a reason why four bolts are used.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by river roadie a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2010

Strengths:    Looks great. Love the 17 degree drop. Very aggressive looking.

Weaknesses:    the weight savings is not worth the risk. that crack could have happened on the road. I would not like to think of the consequences.

Bottom Line:   
this stem is mounted to Ritchey WCS bars on my Titus Modena. Didn't ride it more than 500 miles. It was stored for over a month. When I pulled it down from it's suspended hooks I discovered a crack across the faceplate top and bottom near the bolt. I have WCS Ritchey stems on my other three bikes. No problems with them.

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Similar Products Used:   I use the thomson elites on my mountain problem. My other road bikes have the Ritchey WCS 4 axis stems. Good stuff so far.

Bike Setup:   My Titus Modena is set up with Kysrium SLs, gatorskins, ultegra running gear, prolink seat, Ritchey WCS bars and now a WCS stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott Ayler a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2010

Strengths:    High quality. Great price. Very durable. At 260 lbs, it comes clydesdale approved. Overall appearance is gorgeous ... very well made.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Purchased Thomson X2 stem to complete my 2009 Capo upgrade. (Somehow the C4 stem didn't do justice to my setup.) The X2 stem is well designed with sleek lines. Absolutely gorgeous. Never had a problem with the faceplate or fit with my bars.

Would not hesitate to place this stem on an $8000+ professional road bike.

For those weight weenies (you know who you are), the weights posted on the IH Thomson website are accurate. Grab the scale and enjoy!

This stem is better than other stems costing in the $200+ range (that includes carbon).

I have been told that I am a VERY selective biker. Being picky, having the right components with exceptional quality is what I demand. This Thomson product is the finest I have seen (regardless of price).

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Favorite Ride:   Anywhere Dry

Price Paid:    $85.00

Purchased At:   Art's Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Thomson Masterpiece seatpost, FSA OS 99 CSI stem, FSA (cracked) carbon stem, Bontrager Race Lite stem, Cannondale C4 stem.

Bike Setup:   2009 Cannondale Capo with Thomson X2 stem, Thomson Masterpiece seatpost, Selle Italia Prolink Gel Flow saddle, custom wheels built with Velocity Fusion rims, Sapim CX Ray spokes, Phil Wood hubs, White Industries Uno freewheel, Conti Ultra Gatroskins 25c tires, Easton EC90 SL forks, and Profile Design T2 Wing bars.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lebikerboy a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2009

Strengths:    Light,stiff,attractive.

Weaknesses:    None that I've discovered.

Bottom Line:   
I initially bought this stem because it was the only one with a low enough stack height
for the carbon take off fork I'd purchased.
Stiff enough for me and the bike goes where I point it. Some folks think it a good idea to grease the stem/steer tube interface. This is a definite no-no. Grease the stem bolts themselves and use a torque wrench and you're good to go.

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Favorite Ride:   Any sunny day...

Similar Products Used:   Easton EM90 magnesium stem.

Bike Setup:   Klein Quantum full Ultegra group.

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