Syncros FL Series Review

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FL Stem
The Syncros FL Stem has smooth lines, without any sharp edges, a cutout at the back of the clamp area, and a lot of subtly removed surface material, all of which help reduce weight. The CNC stem is made with a bi-oval design, for maximum strength and weight savings, and is uses a 4-D cold forged 2014 aluminum alloy. The stem has a 6 degree rise, and can be flip flopped if desired, as the graphics are already designed for that function (only HP Black and Matte White). The simple four bolt front plate is a carbon bar friendly clamp, and the stem is available in 70, 80, 90, 100 and 110mm sizes, in the colors of HP Black, Matte White, and Black or White Grunge.


The stem was a snap to install, although I had to be careful, since the bolt heads seemed easy for the hex key to slip (might have been me)? I tested the 70mm, since it was the perfect accompaniment for my All Mountain rig. The stem has been durable, and has been taken on and off, and several bars swapped in and out during my testing period. The graphics on the HP Black are simple and subdued, and haven’t worn or scratched as yet.

The FL Stem looks good, with aesthetically pleasing lines, was stiff, light (113 grams) and blended into the background, and I never really thought about it much, since it did its job to perfection. I sign of a great component is when you forget it’s there.

Measured Spec:
Weight – 113.5 grams for 70mm size
Stack Height – 45mm
Length – 65mm

MSRP: $92

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Syncros FL Stem Specs
Intended use: XC / Marathon
Forged and CNC machined out of 2014 alloy using a patented 4D net manufacturing process
Black taper-head stainless steel bolts
Bi-oval design maximizes strength and minimizes weight
Engineered to be compatible with carbon handlebars and steerers
Lengths: 70 / 80 / 90 / 100 / 110mm
+/- 6 degree rise/drop
Four finish options: Available in high polish black or matte white with flip flop logo, HP black grunge or matte white grunge
Weight: 113g (70mm)

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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  • Rick says:

    Hey Brian, had the saddle for 6 months and it’s held up great out at Mt Herman with the occasional biff, great value with the Ti rails and I like the side panels and nose protection as that’s where I always rip other saddles. Pretty darn comfy too no complaints, and I agree the nose section if good for those steep grunters like the HZ switchbacks

  • Troels says:

    Hi Brian (& Rick too)
    Firstly, thanks – i much appreciate the review and feedback. I’m considering buying this saddle, but it’s hard to find hands-on experiences like these that one can trust.
    I have a few question i hope someone can help me by answering – even if all of these can’t be answered.

    Rick, since you’ve owned it for 6 months – how’s the durability of the joint where the leather->aramid section is located? Does the leather or aramid peel off or become damaged with time?
    The reason why i’m asking is that i once has an SQLab 610 saddle, and to put it quite frankly, the nose section did not last well at all. It wasn’t aramid, but the durability was bad.

    How’s the durability of the leather color – has this been fully dyed or is it just a thin layer of black or white dye?

    Is the upper layer made of leather, or is it protected by a thin layer of rubber coating? If yes, does this seem to last or will it rub off?

    Is it suitable to use more rough bike wear without damaging the surface? (such as using denim instead of lycra pants for exampe)

    Finally – does any of you notice any kind of creaking with this saddle?

    Thanks for any inputs,

  • Brian Mullin says:

    3.5 months of abuse (rain storms and typical damaging Colorado sunshine):
    no peeling nor even slight stitching pullout, the color has been fine, I would go with black if you are worried about it, it just has some nice age wrinkles (much like me), I think it is full leather (have to ask Syncros/Ritchey that one), since the wrinkles are a telltale sign, I wear freeride pants and its been fine, and it has been silent

  • Rick says:

    The stitching at the seams has held up great, no peeling so far. I got caught out in a good rainstorm a few weeks back and there’s a slight bit of discoloration and wear on the leather sides were the logo’s are but that’s to be expected, prior to that there was very little wear at all.

    I greased the rails prior to install and it’s been silent for me as well. This saddle is better made and has held up better than any WTB saddle I’ve owned and I only paid $65. It is on the firm side and took a few rides to break in compared to softer saddles but is comfy now.

    I would say there are more comfy saddles out there like the PureV or SDG BelAir but I couldn’t find the SDG model I wanted anywhere and the PureV or Silverado did not hold up well at all. Not to mention those saddles run at least $35 more

  • Troels says:

    Received an error when i tried to post earlier today, so i’ll try again.

    Both: Thanks for replying so quickly. Gotta say that this sounds like an impressive saddle – and silent too (what more can one ask for?). It seems as the more expensive saddles become, they get a more and more fancy designs but at the expense of durability – the FL sounds like a well-balanced choice, so this will also be my next saddle.

    Brian: Sure, i think i’ll go with the all-black version, even though the white/black looks better in my oppinion – but i have never been able to keep a white saddle anywhere near white for long.

    Rick: I was considering the WTB Silverado, but they seem to take a lot of adavantage of people who want anything beyong the stock configuration. I mean, combination of leather+Ti rails makes everything considerably more expensive. What do you think of the padding of the Syncros FL versus the WTB Silverado? Firmer, softer?

  • Rick says:

    The padding is tad bit softer on the Silverado but the saddle was not anymore comfortable for me, it didn’t holdup very well at all either. Even the side prot. panels ripped, as well as the leather cover in a few spots, will not buy another WTB.

  • Troels says:

    Me again. Does anyone know a better way of contacting Syncros except for their web contact form/application? I contacted them 2-3 weeks ago regarding whether the black dye is a surface treatment or throughout. No reply as of yet. Perhaps they got busy after Eurobike 2010…

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I spoke to their brand manager at Interbike and he thought it was a bit odd, here is their phone in San Carlos #650-517-1841

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