Race Face System Stem

DESCRIPTION

CNC machined 6061-T6 uses no welds in the construction, giving it incredible strength and durability. Available in a wide range of sizes and colors to give your steed some hot rod charm.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 28, 2003]
Daniel
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

I never had to think about it

Weakness:

Heavy. but that makes it strong

I bought this stem two and half years ago. You know its good when you don't think about it. I have taken it apart to remove the fork and the handler bars several time and i never worried about strippen the bolts. its a good stem

[Mar 06, 2002]
grant
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Looks good, and finishes my bike with its other raceface bits.

Weakness:

It creaks and moans and makes more noise than the rest of my bike and my mate's bike put together.

The stem seems to work fine. It just makes so much bloody noise. I tried to fault find my front end creaks and ruled out the stem because it was from "raceface". What a joke. It takes more than a good name to be successful for the long term. If this stem performed as advertised I would certainly recommend it to my friends and also buy another myself, but it doesn't. Raceface just lost another half dozen potential sales. That doesn't make good sense to anyone, even a top canadian company like Raceface. They must have known from R and D that their stem design creaks, or why else does the new high-end stem design look so different. Does it work? Convince me Raceface.

Similar Products Used:

Syncros, Azonic

[Oct 04, 2003]
Doug
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Looks damn cool, respect from the name alone causes people to tremble in my wake, or perhaps it's the lightning bolts I conjure up from my fingertips to strike down the unworthy... One of the two.

Weakness:

The System stem has a SHORT clamp height on the steer tube- Beware! If you ever want to replace it, think about using shims to make up the difference, or suffer the consequences of needing a new fork, as well, because not many stems will fit afterwards, especially stock and/or cheapie replacements. It's more expensive than most.

As a large, 6'3", 275lb man, I can assure you that the pressures I exert on this stem will be greater than anything you can come up with in your wildest imaginations. Even buying this used (very nice condition), I have yet to have a single problem with it, other than needing new spacers to compensate for the shorter clamp height. PLEASE NOTE: stems such as these are aluminum, and have a set amount of torque that they can take before the mounting threads stretch. DO NOT yank on the bolts like an ape- you're being as counterproductive as possible. TO all those who hate this stem because it loosens up in 20 minutes or whatever, you've gone too far already. No amount of grease, or locktite, or praying to your favorite God will help you now. You MIGHT get away with Heli-Coiling the holes and starting over with less torque. Even Heli-coils, though, have torque limits. You do NOT need to crank down on one of these things to get it tight! Max torque should be around 15lbs/ft? It's only a little bolt!

Similar Products Used:

stock crap, stock on Schwinns, stock on Treks, Titec (who hasn't?)

[Jan 08, 2002]
Michael
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Seems strong

Weakness:

begins to flex and allows the handlebar to creak, even when installed with a torque wrench.

This is my second review. I put a lot of miles on this stem, and only switched because I had to when I put a 100mm fork on the bike. When I put on the Titec Stem the handlebar creak disappeared, and I noticed a lot less flex in the handlebars.

I wouldn't buy another Raceface stem for this reason only.

So far so good with the Titec. Stiffer and lighter than the Raceface, and a more secure fit with my carbon handlebar (load is spread over a much larger faceplate).

Similar Products Used:

Titec, Ritchey, Bontrager, etc.

[Sep 13, 2003]
Gary White
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Very strong, quite low weight, no movement or creaking - an excellent clamping system, good range of sizes and degrees of rise

Weakness:

Absolutely none apart from price, but you get what you pay for....

Another excellent Race Face product.

Similar Products Used:

Race Face Prodigy, Easton EA50 & 70

[Dec 25, 2001]
BEAUX DUKE
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

extremely stiff, easy to swap bars if needed, no welds so really is 120mm by 5 deg rise bcs no heat cycle and/or sloppy welding to change things

Weakness:

squeeks and squeeks, not too light

this has been a very reliable stem and has only started squeeking the past 8 mths or so-can't really complain aftr 3 yrs some of which i rode quite a bit and i weigh 205 lbs-5 flamers because i'd buy another one but 4 overall bcs of the squeeking-i really feel that its a good idea to buy a stem that hasn't been welded bcs i've seen several stems at the shop that were supposed to be the same rise and many were off including one thats made by a hi-end ti frame bulder whose name rhymes with shoots!!

Similar Products Used:

stock specialized which failed catastrophically

[Oct 02, 2001]
Adrian D'Souza
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Good looks, no welds

Weakness:

small steerer clamp

A great looking stem that is easy to install.

[Oct 01, 2001]
Alex

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very strong and stable.
cool look, cnc-machined

Weakness:

none

This stem is the f...kin best ive ever seen.
to all the people who have problems because the stem gets loose after a while... this may have to do with your steerer.
I got both the SYStem and the air alloy riser and it fits perfect.
I check the screws app. every month (after heavy riding).
Easy install.

[Sep 17, 2006]
Chuck
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Looks cool. Does what it's supposed to.

This is the best looking stem out there. I could drop about 100 grams with something else that's just as sturdy but I like the way it blings my bike.

[Sep 24, 2001]
James H
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Looks...err...that's it.

Weakness:

Oh yeah. It creaks, squeals, then comes off the steerer.

Are Race Face takin' the flippin' piss? So maybe some of them work, but what has happened to their quality control? There was never a problem with stem design, but those Race Face boys have successfully made the lamest stem I have ever had the displeasure to use. I suppose it manages to hold the handlebars (Race Face ones) on, but what about the steerer? It always loosens after about half an hour of riding. I tried taking it apart and greasing the dove tail and after all that palavar ('just tap out the bolts' yeah, right)it stays tight for 40mins but creaks instead. Absolute, unmitigated tat. If it cost $20 it would be bad, but at $100??????????????????????????????????? To make things worse, I've cut down my steerer to fit it and as it has such a low steerer clamp hight I'm going to have to get another one as nothing else I know will fit.

Similar Products Used:

loads of other stems, some expensive, some cheap. All noteable for quietly getting on with their job.

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