Industry Nine Announces New A318 Stem

Aug 8, 2019
by Industry Nine  
A318 stem


PRESS RELEASE: Industry Nine

In response to the popularity of the A35, we're expanding on the all-mountain stem collection to include the A318, aptly titled to fit 31.8mm diameter handlebar clamps. Taking name and shape from the A-axis in our five-axis machining center, the A318 is designed for all-mountain applications. A318 will be offered in lengths of 30mm, 40mm, and 50mm.

A318 stem

Both of our A-Series stems are crafted from domestically sourced 7075 aluminum billet into an impeccable design of equal form and function. Leaning on practices gleaned from over a decade of CNC manufacturing, the A318 represents another uncompromising Industry Nine component. The A318 Stem will be machined, anodized and assembled entirely in our Asheville, NC facility and available in all 11 anodized color options. Offering unparalleled customization, riders will have a plethora of stylistic options thanks to the ability to mix and match different colored stem body and faceplates.

A318 stem
A318 stem

To match the rigors and demands of every riding style, A318 was tested extensively on our in-house stem and handlebar testing unit to meet and exceed the ISO standard resulting in a reliable component that meets at the confluence of both form and function.

Lengths: 30, 40, 50mm
MSRP One Color: $145
MSRP Color Combo: $160

More info: www.industrynine.com


MENTIONS: @IndustryNineOfficial




86 Comments

  • + 39
 What? How much? You can get Hope ones starting at £56. Brands need to get off their pretentious high horse somewhat. A stem is a stem. Well not quite but you know what I mean
  • + 7
 where can you get a hope stem of £56?
  • + 5
 Hope AM FR stem starts at £63, if you're lucky to find the colour length and fitting you want at that price. Average price is £75. Personally, I think the iNine stem is way better looking but definitely not worth that much cash. Although, I guess if I still had very deep pockets I might buy one..."might"!
  • + 3
 Thats the price you pay for "Made in USA"... Same with Push.

You can get the same quality products Made in Europe for less.

And we have higher corporate taxes, automatic healthcare, income taxes etc. to pay
  • + 2
 Too late already purchased a 31.8 hem of a stem for half the price. Back then you only had the 35mm mustache shop joints.
  • + 26
 It's OK to like nice things. It doesn't make you a bad person.
  • + 6
 @yupstate: but what about the children?!
  • + 4
 @NotNamed: yeah, we are the land of the corporate greed here anymore. Big companies buy the little guys and the little guys need to charge $140 for a stem because trade wars and big business need their tax breaks otherwise “our economy will crash”. It’s all a shill.
  • + 2
 @kennyken1015: hope stems start at £90 rrp for the AM-FR 35mm stem,
  • + 7
 @ilovedust the Hope stem had an MSRP of $136 USD in 2014. If that stem is cheaper today it's because they've made back the money on the tooling.
  • + 3
 Hope RRP for the AM 35 is $126-$135, I see it for $92 cheapest for blue one with 20deg rise. If shop is blowing them out on sale/zero to little profit that is on them. $145 RRP for the i9 isn't far off from $126...so there is that. Don't like it, do buy it. Simple as that, plenty of people will. I have a 35 version and love it. Do I need it? No, but is looks great and perform perfectly.

@NotNamed, the US has an approx 35% corp tax rate until 2017 when it was lowered to 21%. That is roughly the same as the EU avg for around 21-22%. Just a heads up
  • + 2
 @brianpark: I agree with the concept but tooling for this type of part in a 5 axis machine center is fairly minimal and the cost would be made up on the first shipment. I think the inflated cost is more due to design engineering and testing costs. That being said, $145 is definitely still overpriced even if you can "justify it" IMO. Our industry expects to recoup their investment costs almost instantly rather than amortizing them over several years.
  • + 2
 Credit cards boys?

Stop complaining and just live a la limite always paying the minimum on your credit card and yer good
  • + 25
 Completely ridiculous. Cant believe people pay this much for a stem!... Wait it that Fuschia?
  • + 25
 nope
  • + 10
 Hard nope.
  • + 15
 Thank you i9 for keeping and supporting the local economy and skilled craftspeople that you employ. Nicely done on the stem!
  • + 1
 I was just up there and took a tour of the factory.Their quality control is unbelievable.the amount of oversight every step of the way was impressive.please take my money.i am waiting for a longer stem to put on my XC bike.i'll be waiting
  • + 13
 Hell no way $145 for a stem, even if its Indust ... wait is that apple green with sour lime?
  • + 12
 Wait, what?.. did you just steal that from @monstertiki ? Lol..
  • + 12
 Raceface aeffect stem for $45usd works just fine
  • + 2
 This is indistinguishable from a RF Turbine R. Every angle is the same. I guess it clamps!
  • + 4
 but it ain't purple bizitch so how's everyone gonna know how sic you are?
  • + 3
 For all the machinists or product designers out there, how do they get their anodising to be so vibrant, are the products polished prior to anodising? If so what is the exact process called?
  • + 11
 Photoshop
  • + 1
 Yes probably photoshop :p But also they may mill the parts to a hire defiition than Hope (which doesn't mean one is better, just a different style) also they may polish the parts in some kind of "micro marble polishing machine", I don't know the name, which smoothes out the smallest CNC marks.
  • + 3
 @Will-narayan: They are definitely polished. In fact, when they first started making these they had a guy polishing by hand! But, they overshot their sales target by a long shot, and I don't think they could sustain that. They are machine polished now. I believe I have a photo of the machine that does the job in my Instagram - link in my profile.
  • + 1
 @privateer-wbc: Ok thanks, I checked it. So it may be more some sort of sand blasting than micro marbles.
Also with all these bevels I thought the stem were CNC milled but seeing the raw stem on your instagram they look rather forged.
  • + 1
 @privateer-wbc: Cheers for the reply, I am designing and also make aftermarket automotive parts and am trying to find out how to get an even polish on the parts prior to anodising. I am looking to get a nice gun metal grey finish but cannot find anybody in the UK who seems to offer this polishing service... Can you polish bead blast?
  • + 3
 @Will-narayan: I do believe they are cnc'd
  • + 2
 @privateer-wbc: Arf, indeed, the lack of CNC marks may indicate some 5 axis tooling which could help doing a bevel in a single pass rather than willimeter after millimeter.
  • + 2
 @Will-narayan: you don't generally see much in way if CNC marks on i9 stuff. They are very high precision machines they use. They are basically making bike gear in an aerospace grade machine shop.
  • + 2
 @Will-narayan: they make a fine finishing pass on the mill then off to the vibrating tumbler for polishing. The anodising just requires the proper pigment density time temp sealing...
  • + 1
 I'm a bit stupid there, first paragraph says : "Taking name and shape from the A-axis in our five-axis machining center, the A318 is designed for all-mountain applications."
  • + 1
 @privateer-wbc: This is all accurate and now Gabriel has Popeye arms as a result of many hours in front of the polishing machine.
  • + 6
 For $160, you can also buy:
  • + 3
 Not much..
  • + 8
 @Ron-C: An 8 ball?
  • + 6
 a quick filling, or a couple of sessions with the hygenist
  • + 2
 Titanium Kingdom stem
  • + 4
 hooker(s)
  • + 3
 An ounce and a half, and a six pack; in the right city
  • + 4
 @kjjohnson: zipcode please
  • + 3
 @tobiusmaximum: Ha! that was quick. Well, Denver for sure has $100 O's on the regular, as well as some cities in the NW US (I've heard rumors of number as low as $80/). Look like that's a long trip for you, though.
  • + 0
 @kjjohnson: no thanks bro, I don’t do psychedelics..
  • + 2
 @tobiusmaximum: not really what I meant, but I suppose one has to be specific when we're talking about the Pacific Nor..

Oh wait, I get it now
  • + 2
 Coaching
  • + 2
 It's just pretty colors. There is really nothing special going on here. Thomson Cold Forges, then machines. They also have an ISO cert for their product. #strongAF
  • + 2
 Just pretty colors?! WTF else is there? Do you even MTB?!
  • + 4
 That misaligned stem give my ocd a serious itching...
  • + 1
 Goddamn @freebikeur ... I didn't even notice it until until you pointed it out. Now I've got the itch too :-)
  • + 1
 The orange and blue one ?
  • + 3
 exactly what MTB needs... more stems
  • + 2
 Four years on the Renthal Apex and literally no sign of wear, I guess when it does I’ll get another Renthal.
  • + 0
 Are you kidding? JUST when I bought my Renthal Apex stem because I didn't think I9 would make one for a 31.8. My timing is terrible! (that said, the Renthal has been pretty good so far)
  • + 2
 I really like this stem and want to further support a local company, but this is too much for me to spend on a stem.
  • + 2
 maybe now we can get on with the business of doing some stem cell research...
  • + 1
 The real question is how they can justify charging $15 more for mixed colors. They do believe we are stupid.
  • + 3
 Not at all. It leaves them with possibility of unmatched pairs. And, it gives an upgrade option. Don't buy one if it's too much
  • - 2
 A wheel hub manufacturer making stems? Need any more proof that a stem is a stem? Stupidly overpriced. Companies like this make me want to puke...the reason why the world is failing.
  • + 3
 but if your hubs don't match your stem are you even an endurobro?

for serious tho there's nothing wrong with a small domestic company manufacturing and selling a boutique product. i'm sorry that i9 is causing your ulcer to flare up. their pricing doesn't aeffect (ha) the millions of other stems you can get for $60.
  • + 3
 @dimitree You must be a blast at parties and to ride with. So I guess you don't understand CNC and overall component manufacturing do you? RaceFace makes stems, bars, hubs, cranks, etc. Shimano makes stem (pro line) hubs, drivetrain, etc. Sram...same. Hope makes stems, hubs, bars, cranks, ...endless other examples. You must be either on Chris Kings or Onyx hubs since neither of those guys makes stems right? On a larger scale, look what Hyundai makes...ships, cars, appliances, etc.
  • + 1
 @bman33: Pro tip: deep breath, don't like it, don't buy it, your personal problem is solved.
Better yet; if you think these prices are out of control, start your own business and offer the same quality product for less in the U.S., I wish you luck.
  • + 3
 @Myfianceemademedoit: You misread my comment. I don't have a problem with the stem or the pricing. the other guy does. I own a set of i9 hubs and a stem. :-D
  • + 2
 @bman33: my apologies Brent, I meant to reply and direct my comment to @dimitree
  • + 0
 This stem costs more than a cf integrated stem+bar combo... It's also quite ugly...
  • + 2
 long live 31.8
  • + 0
 I thought we were moving on towards 35mm clamp stems?
  • + 1
 Read the first half-sentence of the article.
  • + 0
 @MtbSince84: ok and i dont think theres a need for 31.8 if they already have 35
  • + 1
 @stumphumper92: They must think there's a market for it. My long-travel 29er uses a 31.8, for example.
  • + 1
 That supple 7 is hot!
  • - 1
 I see that as a $60 product.
  • + 0
 I9 let out some stem.
  • - 1
 Oh look, another stem! How exciting!!! -said no-one, ever. Yawn.
  • - 1
 OVER PRICED! NO DEAL.
  • - 2
 Nice, another stem in the same lengths as any other stem ...
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