Truvativ Holzfeller Direct Mount Stems

May 8, 2009
by Simon Paton  
Truvativ Holzfeller Direct Mount Stems - it's about time! SRAM own RockShox and Truvativ and have done so for a few years now. Do they not play together in the play ground, did they have a fall out over a girl, dinner money or a bit of name calling?

Well finally the teachers banged their heads together and made them play nicely, now look at their work..How many of you realized the above? Surely the guys at SIC, Funn, Dangerboy, Sunline etc. were all laughing their tits off being first to market with their own brand of direct mount stems.

This is the new kid on the block and I'm sure the direct mount stem debate will continue. The main downside is the increased threat to damaging your forks or bars in a big spill. Regular stem users in a big stack get up, stand infront of their bike, knees locked either side of their front wheel and wrestle the bars and stem back straight.

Direct mounters may not be so lucky, twisted crowns, stanctions or bent bars. Then you may well cut your steerer tube down, affecting the re-sale value come sell time as the new end user may want to run a regular stem.

If you are a regular stem user, then I'm not here to change your mind. This is a simple insight into another offering on the direct mount market.

Belly side

Belly side

Plan

Plan


Well you can't cry over spilt milk can you and now all you new Fox 40 owners can now have a big smile on your face as well.

Available in 31.8mm oversized only. Two lengths 50mm or 60mm

Available in 31.8mm oversized only. Two lengths 50mm or 60mm

159grams in her birthday suit.

159grams in her birthday suit.

185 Grams in the flesh, should be no surprise how many companies weigh their stems without the fixing bolts and sometimes without the four front bolts!

185 Grams in the flesh, should be no surprise how many companies weigh their stems without the fixing bolts and sometimes without the four front bolts!

Super low stack height thanks to the drop at the front of the stem getting you another 2mm lower.

Super low stack height thanks to the drop at the front of the stem getting you another 2mm lower.

Ebony and Ivory - Black or white dumbo.

Ebony and Ivory - Black or white dumbo.

Maybe you fancy Red?

Maybe you fancy Red?


SRAM Website
RRP is £74.99GBP

I'm currently running the white stem with Element Nickel Wide Flat Bars on my Mountain Cycles. What I did like was the date printed on the inside of the stem. 4th March 2009 and today is the 9th of April as I write this. Plenty of torque setting printed on the stem as well, not that I pay any attention to that stuff, do you?

To improve?

To improve?


Personally I thought those back two bolts would have been a lot nicer recessed down, hidden in the base somewhere. Your comments are of course always welcome, please drop them below..

Always Clip In.

-Si Paton.
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48 Comments

  • + 9
 i dont understand how this can have an RRP of £74.99 when its obviously less material than a normal holzfeller stem. new MFG processes granted...but an extra £30 on RRP is a bit steep to say the least, especially when you can get a nicely CNC'd anodized stem from one of the competitors for not alot more....
  • + 3
 could'nt agree more!!!!! its a rip off!! basicly fashion its the same with fork crowns,check the price difference with flat crowns an drop crowns
  • + 4
 its actually the same amount of material (you need to start with the same sized block.) the machining to remove all of the wasted material is what is expensive.
  • + 1
 these aren't machined...so it is way to expensive!
  • + 1
 yep looks forged or possibly die cast to me
  • + 1
 its both. It's forged, then its machined internally. All the holes in the stem, are machined like the bar clamp. steer tube clamp, bolt holes and the holes in the front.
  • + 8
 they look pretty sweet si! you dont facy writing up a little report for a few of us pinkbikers if we can give you the info?
  • - 1
 I fear I'm the odd one out. I think they look "clunky" like a lot of the other Truvative parts. I prefer ANod. to paint/coatings.....whatever, I'm sure they're well enough made.
  • + 1
 god damn, every one is copying point 1
  • + 4
 they are so nice! but as u wrote above, i like normal stems because the chances to ruin my crowns, bars or stem are reduced in case of a big crash or tree hug. but they are a fine product and many find it useful. nice write up! cheers
  • + 3
 looks smart, but i would agree that the two back bolts should be recessed. direct mount stems rule,,,, no resetting your stem if you crash and your on the hill, no bashing it back in place.....doh. they are lighter and look great. i have never had a problem with my direct mount. peace g
  • + 0
 You wont have to reset it because it wont turn of you crash cause its not directly connected.....doh.
  • + 3
 you can completely forget about what I said.
  • + 2
 yes but instead of having to bash ya bars back in place, you could risk doing damage to your bars forks and frame, i prefer normal stems they may weigh alot more but i dont honestly care Smile
  • + 2
 cool , bike it up... love your bike peace g
  • + 3
 fallen55 - I don't know how you have broken 4 pairs of cranks, maybe you should crash a little less;-). I have had Hussefelt cranks (not even their top stuff) on my Santa Cruz for 4 years of hard riding, think Whistler season's passes, and not had a problem. That's why my new bike is an all Truvativ build. Holzfeller this time.
  • + 6
 hahaha always clip in...ur funny
  • + 8
 i dont understand. it's always been stay unclipped... what's going on?
  • + 2
 si peton stays clipped
  • + 3
 humor perhaps
  • + 2
 i have always liked and used truvi stems because they are bombproof , recently i steered away "excuse the pun" beacause there was no direct mount option available . new puchase me thinks ..
  • + 3
 Mint...60 mm! Finally! Red looks spanky too! Finally, something DESIREABLE made by Truvativ...
  • + 1
 Nice copy of all the Direct-mount Stems already on the market... Point 1 was the original with Sunline, 26 and now SRAM copying it. Point 1 is 128g with ALL HARDWARE which is 58g lighter than TRUVATIV...
  • + 1
 Yes but the point one stem is £45 more! That's not a great £/g ratio! In my opinion the new sixpack-racing stem is the best value...cnc'd, adjustable reach, 3 colourways and it's the same price as this truvativ one.
  • + 3
 Stevey, Good question! Yes if you have new Fox 40 forks then you can run any Boxxer Direct Mount Stem.
  • + 1
 yup, boxxers and 40 have the new ISDM standard (international standard for direct mount). It looks nice, but can be way lighter without sacrificing strength. best DM stem, Point1 Split Second DM. way lighter, 4 piece, no colors but crap, you can do that your self! pointoneracing.com
  • + 4
 Hey, don't forget about the new Dorado. It's ISDM too!
  • + 3
 i personally like the sunline integrated but i wish they had cool colors like these =(
  • + 3
 I've got one of these on order for my Session. It's gonna be sweet.
  • + 3
 now only if they had blue
  • + 3
 lovin' the flat bars...
  • + 1
 Who made the first Boxxer Direct Mount Stem? I had a SIC one a few years ago, can anyone answer this for me please?
  • + 2
 this makes me want boxxers more lol
  • + 2
 Just bought this stem for my Sunday. Very satisfied!
  • + 1
 Truvativ makes bom stems! and i use the cranks too. good stuff/good prices. and heres another...
  • - 3
 ssry but no you are completely wrong, truvativ makes the shittyest cranks ever. broken like 4 pairs between my brother and I (stock cranks on 4 bikes all had the same problem)
  • + 2
 To be fair a company may have shitty entry-level crankets but still maintain a quality top-end lineup.
  • - 1
 they all rely on the same isis system (think its isis)to connect the cranks to the BB, the spindle wears down on all of tehm and then there useless. Such a pain in the ass lol
  • + 1
 once they go x-type their cranks will dominate saints. X-type holzfellers would be the bomb
  • + 3
 really nice
  • + 2
 Truvativ has always made good products at good prices.
  • + 2
 does it only fit boxxers then?
  • + 2
 No 888?
  • + 1
 Not from Truvativ... but Marzocchi make their own and I've just purchased the Sunline V1 888 direct mount and it's sweet Big Grin
  • + 2
 Nice...
  • + 2
 Nice!!!
  • + 1
 how much ??
  • - 1
 Cool stuff, but that glossy red is just plain hideous.

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