FSA OS-99 CSI Stem $180.00
The 20-words-or-less summary is easy to do: The FSA OS-99 CSI stem is an FSA OS-99 stem wrapped in carbon fiber. But there are nuances to it that require elaboration: For starters, this is different than most other wrapped carbon fiber stems we've seen. It's much lighter than those stems. For the older wrapped stems, manufacturers were generally taking their heaviest stem, wrapping some cloth around it and clear coating the thing. But the carbon fiber wrap on the OS-99 CSI is actually doing something. It's structural.
The CSI acronym stands for Carbon Structural Integration. It is designed to stiffen up a really light stem (it adds 20g in weight in comparison to the standard OS-99). A stiffer stem is a more durable stem. This isn't to suggest that the OS-99 is weak. It isn't, and maybe some people won't notice the difference between the two stems, but if you're a bigger rider, or want some more bling on the bike, this is a great way to do it.
We suspect CSI is a technology FSA will use more and more of in the future. It's already being used in the aerospace industry. The basic idea seems to be going around the bike industry some. Shimano has an super-light clincher wheelset that bulks up an ultra-lean aluminum rim with carbon fiber.
The FSA OS-99 CSI Stem is a forged and CNC'd aluminum stem wrapped in carbon for extra stiffness. The aluminum base is AL7050. A gloss carbon is wrapped on top of the aluminum. There is a four-bolt sculpted face clamp. The clamp is anodized black. The four faceplate bolts and two steerer pinch bolts are made from titanium. The stack height of the stem is 41mm. The stem angle is plus or minus (+/-) 6 degrees aka 84/96-degrees. The stem comes in 80-130mm lengths in 10mm increments. The finish is gloss 3K weave. Weight is 118g.
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Great FSA carbon wrap stem
Really light. Super stiff. Looks amazing! Perfect if you are one of those people (like me) where it has to be carbon for you to put it on your bike ;)