The Boxcar stem is Paul Component’s flagship stem design and it’s now available in a 110mm length, perfect for a road, all-road, or cross bike. These stems are made in Chico, come in 7º, in black, silver, or polished and are in stock now, shipping direct from Paul, or available for ordering at your local dealer.
While Paul recommends not breaching the 4nm torque spec on their Boxcar stem bolts, just how much can Travis push it? This should go without saying but don’t try this at home!
There are gooseneck and “LD” stems, so why not go with a 0mm upright stem? Analog Cycles believes the long and low stem is on its way out, that stems should evolve and while this might be on the extreme end, I can see its application for high to mid trail vintage mountain bikes, turned all-rounder city and tourers. Why only high to mid trail? Read all about it at Analog, who now has these stems open for pre-order at $80 with a total cost of $140 for raw, or $185 for a clear coat.
In the world of modern mountain bikes, shorter stems are usually better, and that’s the motivation for Paul Component’s newest version of the Box Stem. These made in Chico stems now come in a 35mm length and weigh only 118grams. They’re in stock now at Paul. I can’t wait to put one on my mountain bike and on my touring bike.
Shorter is better sometimes, and for those times, there is Crust Bikes’ new 30mm fillet stem. Perhaps you want your bars 66.6cm wide and your stem as short as possible? Or maybe you ordered the wrong size bike for your t-rex arms. Whatever the reason, even if it’s experimentation, Crust has the solution to the problem you may or may not have known you had. These US-made stems come in 60mm or 73mm rise and in a raw finish, for you to paint to match for your bike or just ride it raw. They’re in stock now in limited quantities, so if your interest is piqued, waste no time! Head to Crust Bikes.
Originally made famous by Charlie Cunningham, yet modernized for your 31.8 clamp, 1 1/8″ bike by Crust, these new high-as-hell stems are available for pre-order, complete with matching spacers, exclusively at Crust Bikes for $115. Best of all, all profits will go to support Charlie Cunningham!
Perfect for your dirt droop shred sled!
When Factory Five first introduced their 31.8 clamp quill stem in silver, a lot of people requested it in black. Well, it’s finally here and in stock now so head over to Factory Five to see more information!
“The Boxcar Stem is the perfect combination of stiffness, strength and reasonable weight. Available in +/- 0 in 50, 70 and 90mm. Also +/- 15 in 70 and 90mm. All screws are high strength stainless steel with the popular T25 head. Made in Chico, California with US sourced 2024 aircraft alloy.”
Sounds good to me! Especially for a made in the USA, steel hardtail! See more at PAUL.
Ever want to run a 31.8 clamp bar on your traditional 1″ threaded frame? Well, the guys at Factory Five do all the time but they didn’t stop there. By adding a removable, two-bolt faceplate, they made switching bars a cinch. Now if you’re running this stem on your track bike, you can swap between drops and flats or riser bars without unwrapping your tape or removing your grips.
Designed, made and tested in China, forged from 7075 aluminium, these unique and useful stems come in a 90mm length at the moment, with more lengths on the horizon. The Titan Stem is shipping TODAY so order now at Factory Five!
Now I wonder what this will do for all the classic road builds out there?
MTB stems keep getting shorter, but there’s a barrier to ultimate stubbiness. That threshold seems to be around 30mm. Maybe that’s short enough, but for not for Kirk Pacenti. In his quest to push new ideas, Kirk has developed a patent pending PDent™ system, allowing stems to go as short at 15mm, with initial test products coming in at 25mm. Now, 5mm isn’t anything to brag about, but this is an interesting concept and an even moreso, something worthy of discussion.
Rather than paraphrasing Pacenti’s PR, I’ve pasted it in below, along with a few product photos.