FIRST LOOK: Steve Peat's Prototype ENVE Carbon Direct Mount Stem

ENVE Composites outfitted Peaty's Val di Sole World Cup race bike with what may be the world's first carbon direct mount stem. Have a gander at the prototype and start saving your pennies...
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14 comments
  • Varaxis

    6/15/2013 9:37 PM

    That carbon looks thick! Thick = more vibration damping. Maybe that's what he means by ride feel, maybe to mute things like braking bumps, that might address rider fatigue, arm pump, etc. Might even be less likely to death grip if you're hands aren't being rattled loose as much.

  • Fredleth

    6/15/2013 11:00 AM

    Naaah, I would probably just go with a T-bolt stem instead. Super light and stiff: http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/9714543/

  • Capricorn

    6/15/2013 12:33 PM

    for a second, i thought it was a Point One Racing Infinite stem. Evidently not, but my word, it's almost exactly like the Point One, just with the front clamping bolt at the bottom..

    http://brimages.bikeboardmedia.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Point-One-1-Infinite-Direct-Mount-Stem01.jpg

  • Reality Check

    6/14/2013 7:11 PM

    Yeah, let's worry about shaving 30 grams where your hands on connecting to the bike, totally with the risk of breakage and added cost.

  • Northwest

    6/14/2013 12:37 PM

    I'm surprised ENVE didn't use barrels for the threads. I'm fine with carbon and all. But bonded threaded inserts would be the most sketch aspect of this stem. If the face plate rips off... yikes. Not sold on this.

  • groghunter

    6/14/2013 1:13 PM

    I think the solution Ritchey uses is the smartest, then you don't need inserts or barrels.

  • Northwest

    6/14/2013 1:31 PM

    Oh yeah, that would be cool idea. But then you don't have much material around the bolt head. Maybe ok for a XC stem. But for DH...

  • Northwest

    6/14/2013 1:43 PM

    Ok, but that's not a carbon stem. Let's not compare apples to oranges here.

  • groghunter

    6/14/2013 2:23 PM

    I imagine that there is a carbon version coming, but I missread your comment and thought you were talking about the amount of material around the threads, not the bolt head.

  • Capricorn

    6/14/2013 10:34 PM

    funny setup and it's not even carbon. But the renthal method used on the Integra DH stem would be a neat way to overcome the implementation of the ritchey method on a shorter stem: the lack of space on a shorter, thicker stem could pose clearance issues with that ritchey bolting.

  • mrpowerjd

    6/14/2013 12:21 PM

    Hell yeah! I dig direct mount, I dig ENVE. What more could a strung out bike junkie ask for at the proto stage?

  • Scrub

    6/14/2013 11:58 AM

    What? No faceplate ti bolts...pffftttt. hehe

  • kev.1n

    6/14/2013 11:43 AM

    honestly...... sketch