RaceFace Evolve XC Stem review£39.95

RaceFace have done well with this one: the length options (70, 90, 110, 120 and 130mm) give you plenty of choice, which is vital when setting up your perfect controls. We tested the 70mm stem, which has a great 'all mountain' feel.

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RaceFace have done well with this one: the length options (70, 90, 110, 120 and 130mm) give you plenty of choice, which is vital when setting up your perfect controls. We tested the 70mm stem, which has a great 'all mountain' feel.

With a six-degree rise, the stem gives you good control when tackling technical singletrack or tricky descents, and it provides you with a good body position for climbs without feeling cramped. It also has an interlocking U-shaped face plate to help eliminate stress concentrations, which is a bonus for carbon bar users. The whole of the stem is forged from 6061 aluminium, so it's strong and it has a reasonable weight of 170g.

Rob Weaver

Technical Editor-in-Chief, Tech Hub, UK
Rob started riding mountain bikes seriously in 1993 racing cross-country, though he quickly moved to downhill where he competed all over the world. He now spends most of his time riding trail bikes up and down hills. Occasionally he'll jump into an enduro race.
  • Age: 36
  • Height: 172cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Natural trails where the loam fills my shoes on each and every turn
  • Beer of Choice: Guinness
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