I've always thought this was a nice stem:Tarmacjack said:So i am in need of a new stem. I currently have a 100mm and want to get a 90mm. Does anyone have any suggestions, to start my search, in the say $40-80 price range? Right now I just have the stock one(31.8mm)
aluminum is more flexy than carbon? and you can notice this through a stem only?AlexCad5 said:Don't go really light. In that price point you are probably going to have to get aluminum, and they are flexy if they are too light. I rode the Richey WCS for many years, and liked it. With Titanium hardware it was around 100 grams. When I got fitted the guy put me on a 90mm - and my budget mated me to a PRO (Shimano) stem. Nice enough and for $50 it didn't break the bank - I had to buy new shorter reach carbon bars too - the whole fitting and parts was a little over $500.
Recently I found a Control Tech carbon stem (in 90mm) for under $100 on ebay (I'd been looking for a long time!)
The difference between aluminum and Carbon is the Carbon does not flex at all. I had assumed it was the steerer tube that was flexing. No - it was that short aluminum stem, and every other stem I'd ever ridden flexed the same way. The whole front end feels stiffer.
I'd highly recommend getting a beefy carbon stem like Bontrager, Specialized, or Time. They aren't light, usually well over 150 grams. But in terms of performance, they can't be beat.