New Ultimate Stem 31.8 review

New Ultimate stem 2011
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Best light stem I've used? Absolutely. Best stem full stop? Probably.

For
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    Light

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    Strong

Against
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    Nothing

Light doesn't necessarily mean expensive or flexy - well, not when it's from the small Danish component manufacturer New Ultimate.

Made from 7075 series aluminium, our test 13cm stem tipped the scales at just over 100 grams - seriously impressive and it wasn't without trepidation that I headed out for my first ride.

I was expecting to be home early removing the stem. Instead I soon forgot about it and didn't give it a second thought, even as I lined up for the London to Paris ride - three hard riding days to Paris, which was surely a perfect test.

And so it was - riding blind didn't allow for any mechanical sympathy yet the well proportioned, titanium-bolted stem performed perfectly.