Is it really that hard to make a great stem? Seems like there’s lots of people out there making stems these days. Judging by the testing we do on the stems that we make and the best of the rest, yes. It is difficult. Very difficult to make a very light stem that is also stiff enough to ensure precise handling and durable enough to stand up to the unexpected. To make a great stem we often call on new materials and innovative engineering solutions. Once we think they’re great, we put them on the bikes of the world’s best riders—everyone from Tour contenders like Cadel Evans to bleeding edge huckers like Paul B—and let them tell us if our stems are great. They’re a pretty good judge of those things.