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Chromag Ranger Stem

Featured Review

“Sorry Thomson”


The Good:

So light, very stiff, many length options, wider faceplate than it looks, 0 degree rise, low stack height, Canadian Made!, killer with wide bars on any trail bike. In shorter lengths also killer lightweight stem option for your DJ bike. Could go on for days even with such a simple product. Have one on my Nomad C, and also running one on my SC Jackal. Perfect!

The Bad:

Bad? Some will say price... Chromag can have my money.. Killer service from guys that ride bikes with amazing attitudes...

Overall Review: Chromag is flat out making impressive bits these days... This stem has opened my eyes to their entire line and I will do what I can to run Chromag parts where I can on my bikes... The Ranger is no exception, and is a quality stem with killer performance. As much as I dig Thomson stuff(killer customer service also by the way, and also North American manufacturing always a bonus), i will be running these from now on.

Chromag HIFI Stem

“Hi-Fi is ready for the Apocalypse...”


The Good:

Very stout, Zero flex even while running wide bars, good wide faceplate, solid Steel hardware. The way a DH/FR stem should be for single crown forks. Simple, solid construction..

The Bad:

Lighter? Maybe... but I think the weight lends to it's solid feel.

Overall Review: Looking for a stout stem for your Mini DH rig with a single crown fork? HI-FI fits the bill to a T... Solid reliable stem, that you will set up and forget about....

Gravity Lite Os Stem

“Great stem”


The Good:

-Looks good

The Bad:

-no problems at all

Overall Review: I use this stem with their gravity light bar on my stumpy evo. Its never slipped move or shifted in any way since I put her on (over a year ago). What else are you looking for in a stem? Oh yea and it comes in ice gray.

Azonic Barretta Stem

“Awesome Stem!”


The Good:

Not heavy

The Bad:

Not exactly light either

Overall Review: I have this stem on my '10 GT Force along with a set of Spank bars that are 762mm long. It's a great combo for all mountain riding.  I do wish sometimes that the stem was about 10mm longer for some of the more XC'ish type riding I do but all in all I really like how stiff it is and in white it looks as awesome as it feels.  It's not the heaviest stem out there but its not exactly light either.

Truvativ Hussefelt Stem

“As strong as heck, in a jail they'd put it in a sock and use it as a weapon!”


The Good:

Strong with strong bolts

The Bad:

Heavy, limited color choices, painted and not anodized

Overall Review: To be honest if I was going to upgrade anything I'd plumb for a stem under 180 grams. At 220 grams on my scale it's a tad on the heavy side, OK so not by much, but consider you can get a really strong attractive anodized CNC machined stem in a choice of colors at 160 grams, and those grams here and there add up into kilos by the end of your build. So I'd only buy this for a budget freeride or DH build, maybe spend extra and go lighter for AM and trail bikes. However it is a serious stem that gives you piece of mind with no doubts to its strength.

Loaded Precision X-lite Titanium Stem

“Cocked and Loaded”


The Good:

Strong lite and great looking.

The Bad:

The anodizing scratches easily.

Overall Review: About 3 years ago I found these guys when it was time to build up some new wheels. I build a set with their hubs, hoops and spokes.  They have been by far the best wheels I have ever used.  Once I started to use them I kept an eye on their other products.  When I build a new SS I needed  a stem and bars.  So the Loaded site I went.  I purchased the stem and some AMX Bars in green of course.  I have been running them for around 6 months on the trainer and 2 months in the dirt.  As always they well made and just what I needed.  Great product from a great US company.  Any time I have ever had an issue I just call them up and Anthony has always been a huge help.  Buy their products if you can.  They are all awesome.

Schwalbe Nobby Nic Evolution Tire

“Lots of grip and plenty of rip, Trailstar w/ snakeskin”


The Good:

grippy, predictable, quick roller

The Bad:

wear fast, flats!!!!, spendy for such a short life span

Overall Review: Here is what I like. 1. Predictable throughout all angles of the tire 2. rolls quick 4. Grippy on all surfaces so far 5. Light 6. Stiffish sidewall for such a light tire Here is hat I don't like 1. Flats, I get a lot of flats with these tires, probably because of how light they are 2. Knobs wear very quick 3. Wobbly! It's a bitch to get these things on straight. My buddy has the same issue.

FOX 40 FIT RC2 Fork

“great but holy crap it was a lot of work/$$$ to keep working”


The Good:

stiff, adjustable, confidence inspiring

The Bad:

a lot of money in upkeep

Overall Review: Performance wise this fork was great when it worked. I had mine for 3 seasons and it got rebuilt twice and was serviced often by a legit shop with a certified fox mech. With all that it still caused a lot of headaches. It squeaked, knocked and spewed oil a lot. I had to get a whole new dampener after a trip to Whistler then about 2 months later it needed new seals after I had just replaced them. I can go on and on but i must've just had some crap luck because my buddies didn't have as many issues as I did. I'd still give the 40 another shot because I've had 3 36's and my girlfriend has a 36 and they work flawlessly.

Banshee Paradox Frame

“I wanted an XC bike and I got a trail shredder”


The Good:

forward thinking 29r that is now copied

The Bad:

could be a bit slacker

Overall Review: This was my 1st 29r and my 1st hardtail since I owed my Yeti DJ back in 2005 and my Cannondale F700 before that in1998. I really enjoyed this bike and road it quite a bit. If i didn't have to consolidate my garage I'd still have this. I also have a feeling I'll own one again and here is why. 1. Rolls over anything 2. Stiff and efficient 3. best looking 29r hardtail 4. short stays 5. was slacker than anything out when it came out 6. rips downhill They revised it recently and slacked it out a bit more + they lowered it and added a DM front derailleur. Honestly though I'd only ride this thing as a 1 by. I always enjoyed riding it faster on more technical trails or certain sections other guys on their super AM bikes either walked or tip toed down.

Banshee Wildcard Frame

“Had his from 2009 to 2012”


The Good:

great geo, durable, stiff and versatile

The Bad:

a bit porky

Overall Review: I had 2 builds on this frame. 1 at 41lbs and the other at 36 or under. with the adjustable travel/geo this bike could be low and slack or a bit taller with more travel. Normally i ran it in the 6.5" mode. This bike was at home at Blackrock, Post Canyon and on the flowier Whistler trails. It make jumping effortless. The bike was confidence inspiring too. I've hit some of the biggest stuff I've done on this frame. If they didn't make the Rune V2 I'd still have it. But sadly I needed to consolidate my garage and that included selling this frame. I kind of regret it now while writing this review because it was so damn fun.