Truvativ Team 3D stem review£24.99

Functional, simple & affordable

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Stems do a vital but fundamentally simple job and if you get the basics right they needn’t cost a fortune. Truvativ’s Team 3D offering is a prime example of low-cost functional simplicity.

It’s years since we first saw this smooth one-piece forged, mirror black finish stem with its initially worrying single bolt steerer clamp. However, we've used countless examples and haven't had a single problem, despite some pretty dramatic situations.

It’s not the stiffest piece around but it’s better than a lot of more expensive stems. The chunky H clamp front plate with reassuring overbite and chromoly bolts boosts confidence in terms of bar retention.

The 7050 TV alloy construction drops it to a very competitive cross-country/trail weight and there’s a titanium bolt option for pimpers. Even in stock form, it looks and performs a lot flashier than its £25 price tag would suggest, making it our clear value winner.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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