Thanks for the further suggestions, good options.
I'm leaning towards the newest RF Atlas though very few reviews out there on this new one. Almost
made an order...
The old one looks great for the money too. thanks.
The stuff that gave a little doubt over the mighty and beautiful Thomson is this thread along with a few other: http://forums.mtbr.com/all-mountain/ste ... 087-2.html
I'm not saying they are bad at all, millions of happy customers and you can't be certain if these folks have actually over-torqued or crashed/hit a tree/ ran metre long bars(!) or taken some very big hits, even though some say otherwise etc, torqued and just riding lite XC etc..., a few examples are the old Elite design too.
From what I can tell the face plates are all the same between 50mm 'DH' version and the longer slimmer X4's
Crazy how light the harder hitting capable stems are now.