Syntace Megaforce 2
The new Megaforce 2 stems are designed for 31.8mm bars and 1 1/8 inch steerer diameters, have a 36mm stack height and flip-flop 6° rise. The stem has a rectangular shape for increased torsional stiffness and lower weight, and has a wide front clamp, all of which help with running uber wide 800mm bars. It is available in 30mm, 40mm, 50mm, 60mm, 70mm, and 80mm lengths, with weights between 107 to 149 grams (respectively), and retails for $150, and comes in black only with a flush mounting steerer cap.
The Megaforce 2 stems are well built, and are stout and burly beasts. The rectangular cross profile of the stem and the front clamp’s width, make for a very stiff and minimally flex-free bar and stem interface, even when using bars of 740mm and greater. I never felt any sort of movement even when really torquing the bars hard, so the new design works extremely well. I used the stem predominately with their 740mm Vector bars, and not a hint of sloppiness pulsed back to the steering. The bolts screwed in with precision, and the clamps all fit snugly when torqued down, showing the tightly engineered tolerances. I think the shorter length versions, and especially the 30mm will be greatly appreciated by a lot of riders. As always, the stems were subjected to their torturous VR-3 machine, highlighting its toughness and strength and high-quality standards.
Measured Spec (80mm length):
- Weight – 158.2 grams
- Length – 83mm
- Stack height – 36mm
- Front plate width – 48mm
Not much to say about this beast. It’s a plainly adorned stem, that does the job well, and performs its simple activity in the background, and is never noticed. Simple is, as simple does!
- Stiff and burly
- Excellent length coverage from uber short 30mm to longer 80mm
- Clamping system – no slippage
- Precise bolt interaction
Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
- MSRP – $150
- Visit the Syntace Megaforce 2 stem website
- Lengths & Weights -30 mm: 107 g, 40 mm: 116 g, 50 mm: 122 g, 60 mm: 127 g, 70 mm: 138 g and 80 mm: 149 g
- Steerer Ø – 28.6 mm (1 1/8″)
- Steerer Height – 36 mm
- Minimum Insert (steerer) – 30 mm
- Handlebar Clamp Ø – 31.8 mm
- Angle – 6° FlipFlop
- Color -Raceblack