Here's a bit of all-mountain bike bling that's hard to ignore. The Easton Haven Stem has the highest stiffness-to-weight ratio of any stem Easton's ever produced. That's saying a lot for a label as legendary as Easton.They achieved this by CNC machining away a huge amount extraneous alloy at the steer tube end of the stem, leaving behind a steerer clamp that's just as sculptural as it is structural. The machine work at the handlebar clamp is what Easton calls Top Lock, where it's designed to be assembled in a certain way. The uppermost portion of the clamp should be tightened first, actually "locking" the top portion together. Then you'd proceed to torque the lower two bolts to spec. This perfect match of the faceplate against the stem body better distributes clamping force, and reduces any excess load on your bars due to uneven clamping pressures which can cause damaging fatigue.Without getting lost in all this talk of amazing strength, the Easton Haven Stem is ridiculously gorgeous. It may just be a stem, but you can tell Easton's engineers and graphics teams suffered to make this one shine.The Easton Haven Stem is made of Easton CNC Aluminum. It's available in 55, 70, 85, and 100mm lengths with an oversize 31.8mm clamp diameter. It fits 1-1/8" steerers and has a 0? rise. Color options include Gloss Black and Magnesium.Application: All-Mountain
Strengths: ~ Looks absolutely stunning, in Magnesium
~ Incredible stiffness and 144g weight(31.8x70mm)
~ Workmanship rivals even Thomson
~ Set and forget functionality
Weaknesses: ~ NOT made in USA
~ Lots of Chinese counterfeits around
I came from a Thomson Elite X4 stem and I must say the Easton Haven AM stem is light, stiff and strong like bull, in all riding conditions. Even though the Thomson is machined in the USA - the Haven is made in Asia, under Easton/Bell Sports' strict manufacturing tolerances. The only way to get the actual Easton product, is if the stem comes in the original OEM box, with bar-coding. The fakes almost never come boxed and you'll get a stem that LOOKS like the real deal....until something snaps. Counterfeit stems scrimp on critical things, like not using hardened stainless steel bolts, or come cast in alloy, made to appear machined from a billet block.
I have tried nearly ALL stems made and the Easton Haven AM gets my two thumbs-up. It's light and stiff enough for XC....but has rugged Trail/AM durability and brute strength.
Similar Products Used: ~ Thomson Elite X4
~ Giant Connect SL
~ Bontrager Race X Lite
~ Ritchey 4-Axis
~ Truvativ Stylo
~ Syncros AM
~ Race Face Deus
~ FSA OS 150
~ Titec El Norte
~ Syntace F-109
~ Kalloy Uno Lite
~ 3T ARX ltd
~ Cannondale XC3
Bike Setup: 2012 Trek Superfly 100 Pro - SRAM XX; Enve
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