preformance top load vs front load

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8/23/2014 8:37 AM

my stem is going and i was looking to buy a new one. i was wondering if there was any differences performance wise between the top load stems and front load stems?

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8/23/2014 8:59 AM

Front load is lower, top load is higher. It's all about personal preference.

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8/23/2014 9:07 AM

JW, how does a stem go bad? (New to bmx, never rode enough to wear a stem out...)

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8/23/2014 9:21 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/23/2014 9:21 AM

ghostx720 wrote:

JW, how does a stem go bad? (New to bmx, never rode enough to wear a stem out...)

Stripped knurling, stripped threads, cracks. That's mainly it.

Outside of that, color gets boring, or wanting something new.

My last stem lasted me about 7 years, and I STILL have it as backup. It was the original shadow topload.

Never had bars slip in it, despite having had like 6 sets of bars in there and painting it a handful of times.

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8/23/2014 9:29 AM

ghostx720 wrote:

JW, how does a stem go bad? (New to bmx, never rode enough to wear a stem out...)

dave lawrence wrote:

Stripped knurling, stripped threads, cracks. That's mainly it.

Outside of that, color gets boring, or wanting something new.

My last stem lasted me about 7 years, and I STILL have it as backup. It was the original shadow topload.

Never had bars slip in it, despite having had like 6 sets of bars in there and painting it a handful of times.

Thanks man, makes sense!

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8/23/2014 9:29 AM

ghostx720 wrote:

JW, how does a stem go bad? (New to bmx, never rode enough to wear a stem out...)

dave lawrence wrote:

Stripped knurling, stripped threads, cracks. That's mainly it.

Outside of that, color gets boring, or wanting something new.

My last stem lasted me about 7 years, and I STILL have it as backup. It was the original shadow topload.

Never had bars slip in it, despite having had like 6 sets of bars in there and painting it a handful of times.

dont forget pinching
its not too hard to deal with though, use some pennies to get it on until you can grab a new one

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8/23/2014 3:37 PM

biggybuggy wrote:

Front load is lower, top load is higher. It's all about personal preference.

It wouldn't hurt to elaborate some you know. lol

Op, you may prefer a top if you're on the taller side, front if shorter. Top loads from my experience take longer for the bike to react, but is more stable and less of a hassle. Although the difference from front load is very minimal in those regards. (depending highly on your size and what you like)

Also you never mentioned whether you current stem is top/front? If you're feeling bored of it in any way, I'd encourage you to explore something completely different. You never know what you may like till you try.

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8/23/2014 4:45 PM

Not muh difference in performance , no matter what if you break a stem top load or front load your going to have a bad time regardless

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