Thomson X2 stem review

Stylish, versatile stem

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £74.99 RRP | USD $134.23

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.


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.


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

Product Specifications


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