Moots Open Trail Stem Review

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Bottom Line
The Moots Open Trail titanium stem is plain and simple a beautiful work of art, and it offers unsurpassed stiffness and strength, excellent vibration damping, and lifetime of durability due to the long fatigue life of the material. Moots have engineered the Open Trail with specific tubing, alignments and geometry that not only creates a functional juggernaut, but one that are aligned with the titanium’s properties to create a superlative masterpiece.

The issues and complaints I had with the stem were nitpicking, and were very minor.

Why Ti? It is silky yet stiff!

-Silky titanium feel
-Strong 4 bolt handlebar clamp
-Moots welds

-Clamp tube is a bit sharp/rough
-Difficult getting onto steerer tube
-Steerer clamp height is tall

Value Rating: 3.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
Overall Rating: 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Moots Open Trail Specs:
Five Stock sizes with custom options.
Available in 31.8 diameter handlebar clamp only.
Aluminum and carbon handlebar compatible.
Removable 4 bolt AL faceplate
Double ovalized for strength and stiffness.
Exclusive Moots designed and manufactured dual binder for superior clamping strength.
Steerer tube clamp 45mm
170 grams for 110mm length
Five year limited warranty on craftsmanship and materials.
90×6 OT stem $395.00
100×6 OT stem $395.00
110×6 OT stem $395.00
120×6 OT stem $395.00
130×10 OT stem $395.00

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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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  • Anonymous says:

    Its a $400 stem, there are other ti stems that can be had for 1/4 the price. Sure quality has a price, but I sure can’t afford it. And I thought my $200 rotor stem was spendy.

  • Anonymous says:

    It’s a stem. Besides being light and being strong, a stem is pretty much just a stem. If you’re interested in shock absorbion via flex, surely the fact that you’re running carbon bars is going to be far more noticeable then a stem.

    Sure, Ti has some great properties. I’m running Ti for my frame, handlebars and seatpost and I notice the feel. But a stem is so short that the amount of flex afforded should be truely miniscule.

  • Anonymous says:

    It is noticeable, I used different stems (ti, carbon, al), different bars (ti, carbon), etc and this stem has very distinct properties. You can easily feel the difference when you do an A/B comparison. When going to a full ti set up it will be more subtle though, but it is still there. I had a great test bed of equipment and 2 bikes for cross comparisons, and of course 8 months of time to evaluate.

  • Anonymous says:

    forget Ti. Magnesium stems offer the best in vibration damping, it feels like riding on air..especially paired with a Carbon bar.

  • Anonymous says:

    Please recommend one for mtb’ing

  • Anonymous says:

    I purchased a Moot’s Open trail stem this spring for my ten year old Moots YBB. The stem was the only non Ti part on the bike because I thought it couldn’t possible make a difference. Boy was I wrong! The stem feels rock solid, yet smooth. After twenty miles of rough single track, you no longer think it’s expensive, after thirty you thinks it’s a deal, after forty you know it’s the real deal!

  • Anonymous says:

    Yep, world of difference!

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