Zipp SL Sprint Carbon Stem $249.95
When you want a stem that won't bow to the pressures of a pack sprint, Zipp has the answer.
The Zipp SL Sprint Carbon Stem is the updated version of its highly popular SL145. It is strong enough for the most aggressive pack sprint, yet it is light enough to satisfy the weight-weenie in all of us. Like the SL145, the SL Sprint Carbon Stem has a +/-12 degree angle. What this means is that the effective stem angle is 77.5 degrees relative to the steerer tube. While this is not parallel to the ground as in a 73 degree stem, it is much more aero than the 80-84 degree angle range provided my most other manufacturers.
The stem was created as a complement to the rest of its race-worthy carbon cockpit offerings. Both the stem and faceplate were constructed with unidirectional, hand-wrapped, carbon fiber. They were then treated with a clear coat, giving the overall finished stem a lustrous beauty. The faceplate and steerer tube bolts are titanium, but not just any titanium. In a display of no-expenses-spared, Zipp sourced these bolts from the same Italian producer used by the Ducati MotoGP racing program.
The Zipp SL Sprint Carbon Stem has a 31.8mm clamp diameter. It is available in 10mm increments from 90 to 140mm. It is designed to be compatible with 1-1/8 inch steerer tubes, but when used with an included aluminum reducer sleeve, it will also work with a 1-inch steerer tube. It comes in Black, but please note, it does not include a top cap.
Reviews & Community
Great new design
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Zipp moved the threads from the face plate to the stem this year. This simple change made this stem 1000x better. Last years stem was so hard to torch down you would most likely strip the bolts. Zipp makes a great product and obviously they've learned something and made steps to correct flaws.