Finding the right bike stem
There are a number of factors that go into choosing the right bike stem for your build. In general (if you ride a road bike, an MTB or even a BMX) you make two measurements before buying a new stem. These are the width of your handlebars and the size of your steerer tube. This is so you can know both the clamp size and if the stem will fit correctly to your bike.
We offer a complete variety of bike stems on our website, from stress-dispersing MTB stems to adjustable lightweight stems for road bikes, so you can rest assured that we have the perfect stem for your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know what size stem I need for my bike?
Bike stems come in a variety of sizes. You’ll know if you need the shorter or longer stem sizes judging by the shape and style of your bike. Stems tend to have their size printed on them, making it easier for you to choose your next one if you’re replacing your current one. However, if you don’t have this information, you will need the width of your handlebars and the size of your steerer tube handy so that you can find the right stem for your build.
How do I choose a bike stem?
This will depend entirely on the needs of your bike. First, you will need to ensure that the stem is the right size for your bike. Secondly, you may want to look into its specifications. For example, if you want a lightweight stem, it may be best to opt for a carbon-built product.
Are all bike stems compatible?
Unfortunately, not all bike stems are compatible. For one to be compatible with your bike, the handlebar component on the stem itself must be compatible with your own handlebar. Although the standard sizes can be 80mm, 90mm and 100mm, different brands can have different-sized stems to others. You can also find longer lengths for oversized road bikes and MTB.
Is it easy to change the stem on my bike?
Most bike stems are super easy to install and can be connected to your bike via bolts between the stem and the steering.
What does a shorter bike stem do?
Shorter bike stems are ideal for riders who prefer muddy or eclectic terrain. This is because shorter stems orientate a rider’s body so that they lean over the bike’s front axle. As a result, the rider has better tyre grip and steering responses.