After the frame, the part on our bikes we often obsess over the most is the stem. Besides its crucial role as that bit that attaches the handlebar to the fork steerer, it’s also what we end up staring at the most during those long, grinding climbs up mountains. So when carbon wheel and bar […]
OneUp Components released an EDC tool system last year that allows the rider to store essential trailside tools using the space in the steerer of the bike. Residing where the star-fangled nut usually lives, in order to get the headset adjusted, they created a proprietary top cap that threads directly into the steerer. (they also […]
The FSA Gradient riser handlebar is billed as light enough for XC trail riding and strong enough for freeriding. Triple butted and tapered from Al7050/T6 alloy materials, the shot-peened aluminum is aimed at riders seeking durability for bike park riding and shuttle trails that still pedal up mountains. Available with 25 and 40mm of rise, […]
Syntace is a German outfit that specializes in stems, bars, and wheels as well as a few other innovative components. Apparently there are some badass mountains and riders over there because they’re clearly dialed into the increasing demands riders are putting on their equipment with components that perform while being extremely lightweight and durable. For […]
The Renthal Duo is a great looking stem. When I first saw it, I was enamored with its innovative and minimal design and had to try one. Mostly because it’s wicked light and it looks sweet. The most unique feature of the Duo is the approach they took with the design. CNC machined from a block of […]
I’m just going to say it. The Pro Tharsis stem is the coolest carbon fiber stem I’ve seen. With a listed weight of 130 grams, it’s light, but is still rated as trail worthy and suitable for all mountain and regular trail riding. I recently built up my first lightweight XC/trail bike in years, and […]
If you are looking for a good looking, stiff stem with a low stack height, look no further. Nemesis Project has got what you need. Their bars are pretty sweet too.