Cinelli XA Stems

XA

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

User Reviews (2)

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chismog   [Apr 18, 2000]
Strength:

nice, clean design

Weakness:

not stiff enough in longer lengths

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.

Similar Products Used: Specialized, TTT, Ritchey, Salsa
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
tooker   [Mar 28, 2001]
Strength:

nice looking, polished finish

Weakness:

quill could be longer, but no biggie.

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.

Similar Products Used: 3t synthesis, itm eclypse, itm 400
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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