Salsa Moto Ace SUL stem review

Strong stem in many sizes

BikeRadar score3.5/5

It won’t be the first choice of weight watchers or fashion freaks but Salsa’s SUL is available in a super-wide range of sizes. 

The old skool steerer clamp shaft welded onto the forward extension isn't that light but it does its job without any distracting flex or twist. The bolts in the two-bolt ‘stiff upper lip’ face clamp are also big enough not to worry about snapping one. 

Where this stem really scores is if you want a reach and rise combination that’s out of the ordinary. There are some proper high rise options here for anyone who doesn’t want a stack of washers under their stem or who hasn’t got enough steerer tube left to gain the height conventionally. It also ticks the box of anyone still using 25.4mm bars.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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