USE’s new open-top Race stem is a light and rugged stem that aims to beat its predecessors in ease of use.
While USE’s closed-top Atom stem was a fettler’s dream, this open-topper is more conventional – and better for it. Titanium bolts made our 100mm sample a slim 154g (roughly 10g lighter than Hope/Thomson opposition), and the forged then CNC-machined body is stiff and sturdy in use.
Chamfered edges mean no nasty bar scratching, and the rear clamp bolts aren’t too knee hungry. Increments of 10mm from 80-130mm will suit most cross-country/trail cockpits, while the quality roughly justiﬁes the price tag.
We’ve nothing bad to say about performance so far – and it’s had some hammer. The +/- 8 degree angle and the clamp’s oversize-only format mean it won’t ﬁt every bike, however.
Buy If: You want a light and rugged open-topped stem.
|Name||Race Stem (08)|
|Manufacturer's Description||* Ultra stiff,Light-weight,User friendly,Conventional clamping system,Carbon friendly,Made in the UK CNC machined from 3-D Hot Forged 7075 T-6 aluminium and extensively FEA tested. The new USE Race stem sets the benchmark for all others to follow.|
|Material||7075 T6 Aluminium|
|Stem Length/Reach Options||100mm 110mm 120mm 130mm 80mm 90mm|
|Stem Size Compatibility||1 - 1/8 In|