Syncros AM Mountain Bike Stem Review

September 6, 2008

Stems are quite the personal thing and luckily, they are easy to swap out. For the most part, a stock bike will come with the length and rise that best suits the average consumer. However, each rider is different and may require a shorter or longer stem length or an increase or decrease in the rise. Syncros has been making bike components for years. Their target market isn't the titanium and carbon crowd, but the demanding rider that's either going to put the parts through their paces or want something that's going to be trouble-free for a long time. Their sweet spot is the all-mountain, freeride and DH market with burly designs that are bombproof--even after repeated abuse. Syncros AM Stem Specs Here are a few specs on the Syncros AM Stems: Intended use: All Mountain / Super D / Long travel trail bikes 3D-Net forged and CNC machined 6061 alloy Shorter reach lengths: 60 / 70 / 80 / 90 / 100 / 110mm 12 degree rise Also available with onepointfive (1.5) steerer clamp (60 / 70 / 80mm only) 12.9 grade black chrome bolts add approximately 20% strength and increased corrosion resistance over typical industry standard bolts with no increase in weight Lightweight: 175g (100mm) Finish options: BB black or matte white with black front cap Syncros AM Stem Review I've had the Syncros AM stem on my Santa Cruz Blur LT for the past few weeks. It looks great onboard and provides just the right length (90mm) to keep the cockpit dialed-in for my tastes. The standard 12-degree rise does keep me in an upright and comfortable position, but may be a little much. I think half that rise would be sufficient. Overall stiffness is top-notch. I can't say I've felt much stem flex in any stem over the years, but this square block stem design is solid-looking and solid-riding. No complaints whatsoever on the clamping ability on either the bar or the steerer--easy-to-use and adjust. The Good Nice looking square design Plenty of length options (60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 110 mm) Excellent value at $49.95 Durable design The Bad Should come in other rise options (only 12-degree is offered) Definitely a solid stem for the money if 12-degrees in rise is what you're looking for. It's hard to beat the price! Visit Buy Now: Syncros AM Stem from

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