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Direct Mount Stems Review

It seems crazy to imagine it now, but there was a time when we used standard stems on our DH bikes. If you had a crash it seemed that more often than not when you picked your bike up again your stem would no longer be pointing the way that it should. That was far from ideal in a race run, and just plain annoying the rest of the time. Thankfully though the idea of bolting a stem directly to the upper fork crown was brought across from the motorbike world, and we’ve never looked back since.

For a while we had the usual situation in the world of mountain bikes where compatibility was an issue, but eventually all the fork manufacturers saw sense and now we are left with a standard direct mount bolt pattern. So, as long you haven’t got an ancient set of DH forks you should be able to mount any of our selection of stems to your forks. What makes a good direct mount stem though? Well it’s the same as for most other components, as in it needs to be light, stiff and strong. Stems though are one area where manufacturers can go to town a bit with styling, so once you’ve got those three fundamental things ticked off you can start to let your heart make the final decision as to which one to go for. That said, your chosen one obviously has to be available in a rise, length and bar clamp diameter that suits your needs.

Race Face Atlas DM 35 Stem

Race Face have made quality direct mount stems for 31.8mm bars for some time, and still do, but this latest 35mm offering is new from the ground up, and it’s a great bit of kit. We love the simple clean design and it produces a very light stem with plenty of strength and stiffness. This stem is only available in a 50mm length, but a great touch is that each stem comes with a 5mm spacer kit so that you can fine tune your bar height.

  • Price: £82.95
  • Weight: 120g
  • Colour: Black

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