Syncros Ahead Hinged Stem

DESCRIPTION

  • The power of the bioval design. The massive differentially tapered hard-drawn 6061T6 aircraft aluminum extension tube absorbs the most brutal terrain while delivering awesome power transfer and control during the most grueling climbs.
  • Simpler installation. Thanks to a traditional star-fangled nut.
  • The indestructible Syncros hinge. Featuring a bombproof nickel stainless steel hinge pin design for lightning fast bar switches from straight to downhill bars.

  • USER REVIEWS

    Showing 1-10 of 36  
    [Dec 16, 2001]
    mike b
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    Strength:

    looks cool
    stiff
    simplicity, ease of use

    Weakness:

    plastic top cap
    cheap decals
    slow death

    the previous reviewer is correct--syncros stuff made after 98 is not much good.

    this stem did give me almost two years of good, hard use though. the only real negatives were the two broken top caps--which should'nt even be on a part in this price range. somehow the brass pich bolt on the side got funky as well and eventually would'nt clamp the stem to the steerer tube.

    in comparison, the relatively cheap control tech stem on my other bike is still trouble free. my snycros (sans top cap) languishes in my Old Parts Drawer.

    so far so good on the seatposts, though.

    don't bother buying one of these things. even if the plastic top cap breaks for whatever reason, a cheap plastic part does not belong on a component of this caliber.

    Similar Products Used:

    control tech, titec

    [Dec 15, 2001]
    carlos
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    -light
    -stiffer than a hard-on
    -it just looks cool

    Weakness:

    -i guess the stickers....but who really cares?

    ok, first, if the Syncros parts you have came on a GT, they are junk. end of story. Syncros was purchased WAY back in '98.

    second, many on-line shops are selling Syncros OEM parts as aftermarket. buyer beware....it's not made in Canada.

    third, i know, for a fact, that Peter Hamilton (president) and Leanna Trogi (VP) left Syncros in early 2001. Schwinn/Gt basically said that Syncros parts were to expensive to make in Canada so they moved producion off shore. thanks corporate America!

    forth, as mentioned in other posts about Syncros products, just because you work in a shop, or know someone who works in a shop, or call yourself a mechanic, DOESN'T mean you, or or your buddy are QUALIFIED. i've been a mechanic for a few years now and am close to getting my certification but i can say, you guys would be surprised at the kinda folks some shops hire. kids mostly, just looking for some summer work. i have stories that would boggle the mind!

    fifth, the nylon cap was used because Syncros wanted ammunition when some half-wit called up and said "my top cap broke". there are several reasons why that thing breaks. improper preperation of a steerer tube, improper torque, improper intallation, improper adjustment, and non-qualified individuals.

    sixth, Syncros USED to make some awesome stuff. that ended in '98. do the math.

    seventh, their customer service used to be just fine. after '98......

    eighth, i agree with Tim from the UK, i can't even begin to count, how many ham fisted dudes i know, who love to work on their bikes.

    ninth, i would NOT buy any Syncros parts from anyone unless i knew, without a doubt, that it was a pre-98 part. no exceptions.

    tenth, go to school, learn to read, then, read the instuctions. half, yes, half of all broken or worn parts come from folks who didn't read the instructions.

    how many rebuild their SIDs every 100 riding hours? i hear "oh they just say that so you will buy small parts", yeah ok, well, we'll see when your fork starts to leak air. OR maybe it'll never leak and you'll wear the finish off the stanchions from not replacing the bushings.

    i'll give it 5 chilis for pre-98 parts.

    live and let ride!

    Similar Products Used:

    stems listed in previous post WAY down.

    [Sep 14, 2002]
    Saby R
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Very Still, I have not detected any torque, good name for pre-98 stuff (mine is :-), aluminium cap, very cool look

    Weakness:

    Sticker peel off (that does not make any differece to the performance but then again it is sure not an issue with a Thompson...)

    I bought this stem in 1997, to this day I have absolutly no complaint regarding performance. I do not have the one with the hinge so I can't put riser bar (back in 1997 riser weren't that popular). When I bought it, it was the best and it performed the way it was intended,I am a very heave rider (not a racer)and I really like this stuff. I will evantually replace it with a Thompson at some time but only to put a riser.

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    El Cheapo OEM Rocky Mountain

    [Sep 14, 2001]
    alain was bon...
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    makes a great decoration, or you can use the decal letters on the side to write other cool stuff the front looks like a face so if you have kids you could make puppet shows...

    Weakness:

    everything broke, and nobody really takes care of Syncros anymore. i cant get a top cap, rode the thing for 3 weeks, took a spill plastic top cap broke and now, nor GT or Sycros (Syncros bought out by GT) will get me a new one. All the bolts rusted and striped (no other bolt on my bike has done so). Cant believe they sell a 200$(can) stem with a dime top cap and rusty bolts. oh yea the front lock mec. looks like it'll fall apart on you, so i kept staring at it...

    It's great if your gonna ride TANDEMS, when i went to get mine replaced they told me that there was nothing to do, everything was discontinued, i had to go back and tell them GT now owns syn. + i'm banned from the store for well letting them know what i think. if your going to get one, buy ten top caps and three sets of hardware cause you'll need'em. Called Gt in cali they gave me the run around(25$ phone call), 200$ in the garbage, who cares i like my old Bontrager stem and new FSR better than my new Syncros and old GT tequesta. i'll never touch GT again. i'd go "-" on the chilly's if i could...
    (had problem with race face stuff, they sent me a new one before i sent them my busted item, that's service! that's why i'd pay the extra 30$ and get canadian race face)

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    a Mc Donalds Straw, or maybee two

    [Oct 17, 2001]
    JC Brownfield
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Good price, apparently adequate design and construction

    Weakness:

    None so far. Installed and torqued as per directions on my Heckler and have a few hundred miles of the best trails in the West now (SF bay area, Downieville, Moab) and no complaints. Only weenies complain about the damn logos; if you read a bunch of these stem reviews obviously this impresses more people than the use of the installation instructions and a torque wrench! Keep the rubber side down...

    Never had a problem with Syncros seatposts, but hopefully GT/Schwinn/Pacific will continue to support previously sold products...but for $35 I'm willing to experiment!

    Similar Products Used:

    Trek OEM stuff, Profile, Titec, Moots (all successfully retired except the Moots and the Trek OEM on my other rides)

    [Nov 04, 2001]
    Isaac
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    bi-ovalized tubing is some of the strongest out there. love the smooth pinch bolt system, saves the knees on tough out-of-the-saddle climbs. looks very beefy but is extemely light weight.

    Weakness:

    yes the cheapo stickers come off very easy but its not the stickers that get you where you want to go and besides the stem is stylish enough without any logos. I have an older version without the hinged front plate and that makes for a tough installation but what the heck its fun working on your bike,not as much fun as riding but fun nonetheless.

    i've never had any issues with flex, either from the control tech or from this stem but at 155 lbs I don't expect to either. the stem works great if you carefully follow the installation instructions. mine was used and did not come with instructions but it wasn't that hard to figure out. it would be very nice if an aftermarket aluminum top cap were made and put out for sale but just be careful with the composite one and all will go well.all in all I think this is a great stem and for the price I couldn't beat it. only time will tell if i really got a great deal. if you are one who pays attention to details and instructions and still likes high quality parts get this stem, however if you wrench every bolt on your bike as tight as it can go, just for safety don't get this stem.

    Similar Products Used:

    130mm control tech

    [Jul 01, 2001]
    Adam
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    Nice look, saves knees better than the Kore I have on there now.

    Weakness:

    The screws all stripped out on me, not because of my hex set, but because of the less than perfect metal. Also, the plastic cap is a dissapointment, broke multiple time, big wait for replacement.

    I gave up on this stem after perhaps the third time the weak plastic cap broke. I hear that these parts used to be made in canada, now made in taiwan. I must have gotten the taiwan model, because things went wrong constantly, and replacement parts were hard to get, and took a long time. I would rather ride my $2500 bike with a new (better) Kore stem than not ride it all because the cap broke. The first time it broke, I didnt expect or notice it and noticed after a week of riding on a loose setup that the cap was broken. Obviously its not cool to ride on a loose setup, especially with a $500 fork! I wouldnt reccomend Syncros stems to anyone unless they have ridden on them and haven't broken them, because that way they are probably a light rider.

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    [Jan 14, 2000]
    Dave V.
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    Lightweight, stiff, great craftsmanship. Looks good with a Syncros post.

    Weakness:

    Composite top cap works fine, but an aluminum one would look nicer. Expensive!

    This stem performs great - its light, stiff, and easy to install. At 140 lbs, I don't think I'm capable of breaking it.

    Syncros has a new cotter system so you don't have to worry about crushing your steerer tube and you can use a standard star-fangled nut. However, I actually like using the Syncros aluminum nut because I can install it myself.

    The composite top cap works fine - but it looks funny.

    I decided to get this stem because the stock stem on my bike was too long. However, if your bike fits you OK, then the stem is probably one of the last things you need to upgrade.

    Similar Products Used:

    Generic Taiwanese stuff - which happens to work just fine.

    [Aug 08, 1999]
    DJE
    Cross-Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    Strength:

    Very Stiff

    Weakness:

    Confusing installation instructions

    After almost killing myself with the Control Tech, this stem is the definition of stiff. Installation is much easier using a regular star nut. The composite cap is only for holding the stack together while you tighten the pinch bolt. After tightening the pinch bolt you MUST back off on the cap bolt, or it WILL crack. The cap is not what holds the stack together while you ride, the pinch bolt is designed for that purpose. I can take my cap off completely and still ride safely with this stem, you just have a hole there.

    Similar Products Used:

    Control Tech (crap)
    Answer
    Manitou
    Moots
    Grove Innovations
    Pro_Flex

    [Feb 21, 2001]
    Andrew Klauser
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    Strength:

    very stiff, bar clamp.

    Weakness:

    plastic cap,decals, wedgenut

    The overall design and especially the bar clamp is perfect. The thing is a beauty, and the bar feels well in the broad clamp, too, I am quite sure. The fixing of the wedgenut and exact placing the stem on the steerer tube with that plastic cap is a pain in the neck. I is nearly useless in the state it is sold.

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    easton ea70, syntace VRO, V2

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