- Thomson X2 or X4 stem for my commuter?
Right I need a 70mm stem for my commuter bike. It’s going to be a Thomson item and it needs to be oversized. The bike is an Inbred with 700c wheels, full mudguards and a pannier rack so it isn’t going anywhere new the muddy stuff. It’s also got carbon bars and seatpost.
Here’s my query that I’d appreciate peoples opinions on. Will an X2 stem work better with the carbon bars to reduce road buzz or should I just fit an X4 and accept the 12g weight penalty?Posted 9 years ago
I thought the Roadhog forks would be no different to the Superlights they replaced but they are a lot ‘plusher’. Fitting the carbon bars and seatpost also gave a noticable improvement.
If I’m spending £60 on either of the stems then I might as well fit the most suitable one. It would be retarded not to.
The 12g differnce was a tongue in cheek comment. I’d rather have more dampening than save weight – I’ve got 20lbs of kit to carry and my 13.5stone frame 😀Posted 9 years agorsMember
I’m not sure what the difference is between the two forks you mention so can’t comment there, carbon post and bars will make a noticeable difference to alloy ones, but a metal stem is just a metal stem. you won’t feel any difference, certainly not on a commuter, I would consider the X4 might feel stiffer flying through a rock garden but it’ll make **** all difference on the commute, seriously get whichever one you prefer the look of.Posted 9 years agotwohatsMember
I run an X4 on my road bike with Easton EC90 Equipe carbon bars and EC90 superlite forks. I chose the X4 over the X2 because I prefer 0 degree stems and also the fact that the X4 is torsionally stiffer than the X2, so less twisting when out of the saddle, something you may want to consider if you are carrying loads of kit!Posted 9 years ago
theboatman, the time would have been better spent actually reading the thread 😉
The bike is brilliant and a very good ride. It is certainly more comfortable to ride than my old Scott commuter bike.
The strange thing to me is that there is such little weight difference between the X2 and X4. Given that the X2 has a two less bolts and a stripped out face plate.
Hhmmm I may just flip a coin.Posted 9 years ago
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