Dodgy made stem – will it snap my handlebar?
I got a new stem delivered today (after wanting something with higher rise)
It doesn’t seem to have been made properly, to the point is visually quite obvious. One of the (threaded) holes for the (top)stem bolt isn’t straight:
The left side is the hole at a skew
Because of this, the bolt will be loading onto one side of the washer, and thus onto one side at one particular point(on the far edge where the bar stops being clamped).
How likely is it to snap my handlebar given its mainly loaded at one point, rather than right across the clamping zone(EA70s aren’t exactly thick walled)?
If it were for a commuter (with a thicker, narrower handlebar) I might not be so bothered, but I want to be able to do upto 3ft flat-flat drops and all manner of riding with it.
Should I send it back (given its a manufacturing defect) or Am I missing something that means it can’t load the handlebar unevenly?Posted 9 years agocarlnicholsony2kMember
That’s a pretty serious defect, it’s simply the work of a poorly controlled workshop, I know if I turned out work like that I’d be for the chop on the same day!! It’s been caused by nothing more than a system devoid of any care or attention to detail.
What make is it? There are plenty of stems knocking round for not a lot of money all with a seriously high attention to detail and beautifuly crafted finishing touches so you should be spoilt for choice at any price. That standard of manufacturing should never be endured!Posted 9 years ago
“What make is it?”
I’d assumed they’d at least be half decent.
“There are plenty of stems knocking round for not a lot of money all with a seriously high attention to detail and beautifuly crafted finishing touches so you should be spoilt for choice at any price”
If you’re after a 31.8mm clamp and 5, 6 or 8 degrees of rise there is.
But if you have 25.4mm bars, wanting to raise the (mid rise) bars cheaply in hieght, but not affect the fore-aft position (hence why a 40 degree (ie salsa) won’t do) a 25 degree one seems like the only choice, unless you can point me elsewhere?
A 15 degree thomson isn’t enough rise and is £60Posted 9 years ago
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