It’s great to use a mountainbike component that’s been designed, tested and manufactured on these shores. In fact this UK made Hope stem keeps making the grade and remaining a firm favourite year after year.

This AM stem sits alongside Hope’s DH wheelset, the Orange Stage 5 29er and the Alpine 6 as British made products in this year’s Dirt 100 pick.

Hope’s test team are riders like us, and know what products works well in our demanding climate and what will go the distance. The beauty of their set-up is that they can constantly evaluate their designs and watch the market closely. If you’ve not owned and used one of Hope’s British made components, then this is a great place to start – the Hope AM/Freeride stem.

CNC’d in house from 2014 T6 aluminium this stem has remained almost unchanged from the original version. Sure, there are very few parts to a stem but Hope got it right from the start and was in there with short sizes from the very beginning.

From the opposing steerer clamp bolts, to the graphics and the exquisite machining, no detail has been missed. The performance is faultless too. Light, with weights from just 134g, and in the shorter sizes ideal for modern geometry, this stem is stiff, direct and creak free. In either 35mm or 50mm lengths (the latter available with a 20 degree rise option), the dimensions are spot on for us. Pair it up with a well shaped 750-800mm bar and you have an ideal cockpit for your trail or enduro bike.

You’re probably running a shorter stem on your trail or enduro bike but it may well be a lacklustre original equipment model. Add a touch of class to your cockpit with an upgrade to this tried and tested stem from Hope. With six colour choices and now a 35mm bar clamp option, this stem will suit almost every bike.

PRICE: £85



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