If anyone knows how to design and produce a quality direct mount stem then it must surely be motocross brand Renthal. The Renthal Integra stem has been a favourite and our Dirt 100 pick for a few years now, and rightly so.

If you’re kitting out a trail or enduro bike, the all new Apex stem carries on with this pedigree and as with the Integra is available in the larger 35mm bar clamp size.

The original Integra direct mount was an innovative design with a two-pieced design and using only six bolts rather than the more common eight. A wide 64mm handlebar clamping area resulted in a massively stiff and strong stem that put far less stress through the bars than other designs. Renthal had done away with often seen issues that arose on other brands; loosening bolts, cracked mounts and creaks were not problems here.

‘Super light, easy to install and bomber strong these revised stems are another hit from UK brand Renthal’

Now, Renthal have refined their original design and now offer the Integra 2 stem keeping the simple six bolt fixing. Staying with the proven 6082 T6 aluminium for the lower body of the stem, Renthal have kept the installation simpler now, with two C-clamps in 7075 ali, keeping with the super-wide 64mm bar clamp. Handlebar support is best in class and the two separate clamps (which you cinch down flush at the top first, as per Easton) keep stress risers to a minimum. Now with two lengths (rather than the sliding mounts of the original) and two rises, most riders’ tastes are covered.

The Apex stem was launched back in July 2014, and although it sat alongside the established (and much loved by us) Duo stem, it soon found a place on our trail bikes. That was over 18 months ago now, and in that short period we have seen some real changes in frame geometry and sizing and when this 31mm stem arrived its timing was spot on. With a 31.8mm or 35mm bar clamp and lengths of 31mm, 40mm, 50mm, the spec, performance and looks hit the spot for us here at Dirt. A class act, the Apex stem sits well Renthal’s bars – a very desirable cockpit.

With a finish and looks second to none and spec’d on plenty of pro’s bikes, these stems ooze moto cool.

PRICE: £99.99 (Integra II) £89.95 (Apex)



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