In a world where there now seems to be more direct mount stems than there are crowns to fit them to, we have to admit it’s tricky to pick just one out, especially because if the truth be told there’s very little to separate most of them. You could argue that we’ve picked this Hope one due to our patriotic side coming out, but considering it looks good, keeps the bars nice and low, is sturdy and yet not too heavy (helped by the use of Ti bolts), and it’s got a relatively sensible price tag, it’d be difficult not to include it in its own right. Whatever the case though, if you’ve got a pair of forks that’ll take a direct mount stem then you should as sure as hell get one on there.

Check out the Hope Direct Mount Stem

price: £85.00

hope 01282 851 200

www.hopetech.com