Thomson X2 stem review

Stylish, versatile stem

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£74.99 RRP

Our review

A slightly pricey rolling style statement that works very well
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Recently revamped be sleeker and generally a little smaller all over than the previous version, the Elite X2 is machined from a length of extruded 7000 series aluminium alloy bar and is visually one of the most appealing stems around.

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In our deflection test it makes the top five (we expected more considering the interlocking front cap design), and out on the road it behaved like a good stem should, which is what you’d expect considering the price tag. 

The weight is quite good for a machined stem, and overall the Thomson X2 is a very nice bit of kit, albeit a little pricey. The stem angles are steeper than usual, with 10 or 17 degrees available.

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Unusually for a very much road-styled stem, Thomson say it’s robust enough for cross-country mountain bike riding too.

Product Specifications

Product

Name X2 Road Stem
Brand Thomson

Manufacturer's Description The X2 features a lighter - 2-bolt handlebar clamp. In our testing we found that the 2-bolt handlebar clamp.. with its patent-pending interlocking faceplate holds the bar as well as our earlier 4 bolt design. X2 is 50 grams lighter than the 26.0mm Elite and has a lower 36mm stack height. The X2 is ride tuned for the road to eliminate harshness and has a narrow front end that allows for easier use of aero bars. The Elite X2 is a breakthrough stem and will be a classic.
Weight (g) 156
Steerer Size 1 1/8
Clamp/Bar Size 31.8
Stem Length/Reach Options 100mm 110mm 120mm 130mm 70mm 90mm