3TARX II Team Stem
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November 8, 2017
As nice an alloy stem as you'll find.
A perfect match for my new black/white/red Emonda SLR. This is probably the nicest, cleanest looking alloy stem you'll find anywhere. And at a reasonable price. Would have preferred, however, that they stuck with hex heads on the bolts instead going to torx heads. Just a convenience thing when swapping bits on my torque wrench.
September 15, 2017
Light, strong, cool.
- I've put it through the wringer
I've always been wary of lighter-weight components, ever since I stripped the bolts on a 3T 'Zepp' stem (remember those?) back in the day. I thought it was the stem's fault. Traditional (i.e. non-Torx) bolts didn't help. So I stayed away from 3T for a long time because of it. Experience soon taught me that precision-engineered parts require precision tools and, most importantly, a precision hand on the wrench. I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Heinken's words of wisdom, below! This stem has only one steerer clamp bolt, which concerned me a bit. No problem at all. All of my trepidation vanished once I'd put some miles on it. It's been a fine stem--among the best I've ever used. It gives carbon's weight a run for it's money and looks understatedly cool: graphics-wise, of course, but also with it's shallow rise angle--straight and low.
September 21, 2015
3T is arguably the most famous manufacturer of cycling cockpit components (posts, stems, handlebars) in the cycling world. Turin Tube Technology and was founded by Mario Dedioniggi in Northern Italy in 1961. In 1975 Dedioniggi was the first person to use aircraft grade 7050 aluminum alloy in cycling cockpit components. 3T is found all over the UCI pro peleton. Lots of experience here. The 3T ARX 2 "Team" stem is lightweight, strong, stiff, functional, and beautiful. A great value too. Titanium fasteners are used on this top-of-the-line aluminum stem. And the head is of Torx design (as they are on top-of-the-line Zipp stems) because they are more resistant to stripping when being torqued down. Note: I recommend using a torque key or torque wrench to tighten the stem's bolts down per spec (5.5 Nm front; 8 Nm rear). If you have a carbon handlebar, it is essential to use a torque key/wrench. I recommend a swipe of grip paste on the hb/stem interface (Finish Line "Fiber Grip" -$7/tube is really good). Don't over-tighten your bar. And you don't need to if you use a torque wrench and grip paste.
January 4, 2018
Hi Johnny; If a carbon steerer and bars, are you still recommending the torque measurements above? Thanks!