Mortop DMS-43 direct mount stem review£69.98

Lightweight adjustable downhill stem

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Mortop might not be a name you’ve heard before, but given that this adjustable downhill stem weighs just 150g, you may want to pay attention.

An eccentric shim inside the bar clamp enables you to adjust the reach between 40mm and 43mm – or, if you prefer, the rise/drop by 3mm.

With no faceplate to remove, each side of the two-piece stem has to be slipped over the bar. This can cause problems if you have a bar with an extended central bulge. Once you've got the stem loosely in place, it’s a case of making sure the shims are positioned correctly before clamping the bolts up.

We had some issues with creaking during testing, but managed to quieten it down with a light coating of grease.

A fair amount of attention to detail has gone into the CNC machining of the stem, and it comes with a nicely machined combined headset spacer and top cap – a tidy touch to finish off your cockpit.

 This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Freelance Writer, UK
Jake comes from a downhill background but now spends most of his time smashing shorter-travel trail and enduro bikes down those same downhill trails. He's well known for pushing components and gear to their limits, and a little further.
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 170cm / 5'7"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Any type of razzing, anywhere, on any bike!
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