The not-so-minor details
Syntace Flatforce Stems
44, 55, 66, 77, 88, 99 and 111mm
Australian Syntace distributor EightyOneSprices has just received some news from Syntace headquarters concerning plans for the all new Flatforce stem, a very unique design, the first of its kind, with a steerer clamp build height of only 27mm, requiring a steerer length of only 22mm min insert depth (record breaking world wide as far as we are aware!), and the bar being placed with a negative 12mm from top of headset – to date an unseen construction.
Given the company’s origin, proximity to the alps, and the majority of European customers using the stem on All Mountain bikes (such as sister company’s popular Liteville bikes) in steep terrain, the stem was originally only designed to become available in 44, 55, 66, and 77mm lengths suitable for this application where a slighty longer top tube but shorter cockpit are advantageous. However, the demand from Australia and America which lies in the use for 29er XC race hardtails for such a stem, has been heard, and Syntace are now also planning 88, 99 and 111mm lengths to cater for these markets also. These lengths are planned for availability after Eurobike 2013.
Currently, EightyOneSpices is expecting lengths 55, 66, 77mm to become available in June.