It's trivia time at Competitive Cyclist. Q: What product have the meticulous engineers at ENVE obsessed over more than any other in their impressive product line? A: The Mountain Stem. It turns out that they've developed and discarded more prototypes of the new Mountain Stem than any other product that they manufacture. We were shocked to learn that, too, since they've already produced a stem that works just fine on mountain bikes. We were even more shocked when we saw it, since ENVE managed to one-up its previous stem design in looks. But ultimately, a stem isn't about looks, but quality, so we ask again: What was ENVE thinking?
It turns out that ENVE just wasn't satisfied with the previous stem's weight. It wanted to push it even lower, getting below 100 grams. The only length to fall outside of this mark is the longest, 85 millimeters, which weighs a claimed 104 grams. The other stems range from 85 to 99 grams, giving the whole series the best strength-to-weight ratio of any comparable mountain stems on the market today. The unidirectional carbon fiber's threads are molded in, and titanium hardware connects it to the aluminum face plate. This construction makes the stem light, as noted above, and it also makes it durable enough to ride fearlessly on cross-country, trail, and enduro events.
- Ultra-light and strong carbon fiber stem
- Aluminum faceplate and titanium hardware
- Lengths from 40mm to 85mm
- Designed for mountain use.