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Old 04-21-21, 09:51 AM
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Suspension stems

I wanted to talk about suspension stems.

My first one I got close to 30 years ago. It had a simple pivot, which meant when you braked, the bars would not only go down, they would also move towards you. Occasionally, people got launched, over the handlebars, and off their bike.

I replaced that with a beauty. Somebody should still be making this one. CNC aluminum in a parallelogram design. This meant your bars would go straight down a little. I still have it, but it has the old school stem, and won't work on modern bikes.

I recently got a Redshift, I like it. But suspension is largely about travel, and it doesn't offer much. This is not a criticism, it's a terrific design. I saw an article recently comparing the Redshift to the built in head tube shock absorber on Gazelle bikes (I love that idea). The Gazelle shock prob has 3 or 4 times the travel of the Redshift, and the guy thought the Gazelle did a better job.

No surprise there.

Anyway, if you are getting beat up, the Redshift is something to think about. It works better than I thought it would.

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Thanks for the info. I had an Alsop (Softride) years ago and loved it, but someone offered me too much money and I sold it. Been rigid, or more recently front suspension since, but may try the Redshift.
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Adding a Redshift Shockstop stem to my gravel bike is the single most beneficial change Iíve made, better even than changing to a 1500g wheelset run tubeless. Iíve seen lots of positive reviews about the Shockstop and never a negative one.
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you also have the https://www.amazon.com/stores/page/F...e&ref_=ast_bln
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My Specialized has their own built-in "Future Shock" stem suspension, but I added the Redshift suspension seatpost, and it's fantastic. If their suspension stem is as well-designed and built as the seatpost I'm sure it's a very good product.
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