Kore Elite stem review

A good looking alternative choice

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £29.99 RRP | USD $43.17
Kore Elite Stem

Our review

Well-priced, low weight and nicely thought-out trail stem
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If you’re looking for a proven stem that looks more costly than it is, then this neat piece from Kore is well worth considering.

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The smooth forged 2014 alloy back end uses a large thin-wall bore that continues right through for maximum overlap with the front clamp. 

This uses a diagonal cut (slots are at 11 and 5 o’clock rather than the normal 12 and 6 o’clock) and unique jigsaw interlock on the top lip of the twin-bolt front plate for a secure feeling and creak-free hold.

The stem clamps to the steerer with a single 6mm Allen bolt and takes an oversize (31.8mm) handlebar. It’s plenty stiff enough to cope with wide-handlebar out-of-the-saddle climbs and we’ve not had any case for complaint yet.

With a shallow five-degree rise it’s the ideal shape to get a low, race-friendly position when all you want to see is the trail and the finish line, rather than the surrounding views.

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At just 134g (for our 100mm model) and with 10mm spacing from 80-130mm it’s an obvious choice for length- and weight-fussy riders. The polycarbonate logo plug and polished silver and all-white options increase pimp appeal too.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Elite
Brand Kore

Weight (g) 134
Available Colours Black Silver
Clamp/Bar Size 31.8
Stem Rise 0, 10 or 17 degree rise
Material 2014-T6 Alloy
Bike Use Mountain
Stem Length/Reach Options 100mm 110mm 120mm 130mm 80mm 90mm