Model: Twenty6 DM Stem
Weight: 128 grams including all mounting hardware
Manufacturer Link: http://www.twenty6products.com
Twenty6 is a small company, one man, from Bozeman Montana that makes high quality, gorgeous looking component for discerning mountain bikers. The direct mount stem offered by Twenty6 is light weight, strong, and has adjustable reach settings for 45mm, 50mm 55mm. Made from 6061 t6 aluminum with quality hardware.
The coolest thing about this stem is the adjustable reach. It is amazing how much of a difference 5mm can make. I put the stem on to begin with at 45mm, after riding a 50mm stem for ever, and I could tell the difference immediately. Too short. And now I know. I put it at 55mm and it felt great. Being able to customize the reach to best fit is an unique and awesome feature.
Ride and Abuse
I have had the chance to run the Twenty6 stem for the past couple months, abusing it as much as possible and giving it the best work over I can. To be honest I was concerned about three things. One, the fact the bolts are in a semi slotted hole, not fully surrounded by material. Two, the width of the stem contact with the bar isn’t that wide, so I assumed there might be some flex. Three, there is a good amount of bolt showing between the face plate and the stem body. I was concerned this would be a weak point.
Did anything come of my concerns, no. I’ll explain point by point. Concern One; the stem never moved. Not once, ever. I am sure a machine or a horrific wreck could cause issue here, but after a few over the bars and a nasty hit on a local trail, I have confidence that the way the stem mounts is not an issue. On top of that, I actually ran across an a competitor of Twenty6 on the trails and I asked him what he thought about the stem. Mainly the exposed bolts and the semi-slotted mounting holes. Neither were a concern from a competing stem designer. So, not an issue, end of story.
Concern two; the width of the stem. The stem is not as wide as some others and I thought there might be bar flex. This also proved not to be an issue. One thing being 235lbs can do is find flex, especially with a ridged carbon bar and I found none.
The third concern; the space between the front plate and the rest of the stem, exposing a good amount of bolt, also appears to not be an issue. I talked to Tyler at Twenty6 and a competing stem designer, neither said that is an issue. Really the only concern with that much space is that it allows you to over tighten your stem bolts if you are being careless. More an issue with a carbon bar than anything else. Use your torque wrench!
The stem works, can take abuse, offers reach adjustment, is expensive, and is super sweet looking. So many riders on the trails said “oh, Twenty6 stem, nice!” Some guys might not dig the flower pattern as decoration, but if it doesn’t bother you, and you want a stem that work and will get you props, buy it, enjoy it.
4 out of 5 Stars
I have to knock one chili off because of the price. Though it is U.S. made. Once again I just hope demand increases and price can come down some due to scale of production. As long as quality is not affected.
5 out of 5 Stars
5 chilis for overall. The stem works great, it is very light yet incredibly stiff and great looking and adjustable. What more can you ask for in downhill product.
|A word from Twenty6: We are riders. Every Twenty6 product comes from an idea stemming from real world use. These ideas take shape, utilizing state of the art 3D modeling and CNC machinery. At Twenty6 we use only aerospace grade raw materials for our components. After carefully hand-selecting each piece of material, it is placed in one of our in-house CNC machines to be precisely sculpted into one of our top quality bicycle components. We design, test and manufacture our products in our own state of the art facility. Precision tolerances, innovative machining and excellent product finish are all hallmarks of Twenty6 products. We strive to remain at the forefront of high-end CNC machined bicycle components. Spare nothing.
Buy it here: www.twenty6products.com