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Having snapped off a steer tube once and knowing a number of guys who have also broken steer tubes, some of whom ended up with a broken arm and another 150 or so stitches to his face, I retire certain critical components every so often just because for peace of mind. I had an interesting stem problem this year. I installed a new fork, DVO Diamond and after I could not keep the headset tight. Over about 7 or 8 rides I was adjusting every ride. Crown race was on all the way, parts were checked and rechecked and all seemed normal with the headset. I changed the stem to one that had no weight saving cutouts and boom, problem solved. Some stems are quite skeletal and tend to be the pricy ones. Perhaps we are better off with a bit more weight but better more reliable product.
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