USE Race stem review

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£75

Atom stem is simple to fit and light yet rugged

BikeRadar verdict

80.0 out of 5 stars

"It’s not cheap but it is good looking, strong and suitably light"

Sunday, July 6, 2008 11.00am By

USE’s new open-top Race stem is a light and rugged stem that aims to beat its predecessors in ease of use.

While USE’s closed-top Atom stem was a fettler’s dream, this open-topper is more conventional – and better for it. Titanium bolts made our 100mm sample a slim 154g (roughly 10g lighter than Hope/Thomson opposition), and the forged then CNC-machined body is stiff and sturdy in use. 

Chamfered edges mean no nasty bar scratching, and the rear clamp bolts aren’t too knee hungry. Increments of 10mm from 80-130mm will suit most cross-country/trail cockpits, while the quality roughly justifies the price tag.

We’ve nothing bad to say about performance so far – and it’s had some hammer. The +/- 8 degree angle and the clamp's oversize-only format mean it won’t fit every bike, however.

Buy If: You want a light and rugged open-topped stem.

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Specification

Name:
Race Stem (08)
Brand:
USE
Price:
£75

Manufacturer's Description:
* Ultra stiff,Light-weight,User friendly,Conventional clamping system,Carbon friendly,Made in the UK CNC machined from 3-D Hot Forged 7075 T-6 aluminium and extensively FEA tested. The new USE Race stem sets the benchmark for all others to follow.
Weight (g):
154
Angle:
8
Clamp/Bar Size:
31.8
Material:
7075 T6 Aluminium
Stem Length/Reach Options:
100mm 110mm 120mm 130mm 80mm 90mm
Stem Size Compatibility:
1 - 1/8 In

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