Our man on the scene, Fraser Britton, spotted this trick looking prototype Renthal direct mount stem bolted to the front of Sam Hill's Specialized Demo race bike.
Not much is known at this time, but here's what we do know:
- Fits the standard direct mount stem bolt pattern
- Seems to have two length options, with one of them likely to be 50mm
- Two piece, horizontally split design
- Availability: Late 2011
- Weight: unknown
- Price: TBD
Renthal isn't quite ready to release any details on their new prototype stem, simply stating that it may see production later this year, but that the final product may or may not look like the one in the photo above. The unit on the front of Sam's bike looks to be far from a rough prototype though, and we're willing to bet that the final version will closely resemble Sam's stem. Not surprisingly, Renthal has used the same two piece, horizontally split design that they employ on their very light
that they claim allows them to remove any and all unneeded material. The prototype stem's bar clamp also uses the same upright "U" shape as used on their standard stem. Stay tuned Pinkbike for more information and a closer look once we get our hands on a production version.
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