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Intend's Redesigned Grace OS Stem Increases Compatibility

Nov 10, 2023
by Intend BC  
Intend Grace

Press Release: Intend

Welcome a new iteration of stems: GRACE OS

GRACE OS FR: 35mm length, 31.8 and 35mm handlebar clamp
GRACE OS EN: 50mm length, 31.8 and 35mm handlebar clamp

Intend Grace


The re-design focuses around the further tucked in handlebar clamps. This has three main advantages:

• Improved compatibility
• Easier to mount
• Cleaner aesthetics


Intend Grace

Additional facts:

• The rest of the GRACE line-up remains the same as before
• Increased compatibility with the GRACE OS stem (handlebars that fit the old Grace stem will fit the GRACE OS)
• Compatibility between GRACE OS FR and GRACE OS EN is shared.
• Torque for all bolts = 5 Nm.
• Embracing the legacy of our thriving Grace series, GRACE OS is now a part of our Premium Blackline catalog. This offers our dealers sensible margins and is the spark for a bright future of the GRACE OS.
• The logo is now lasered before anodizing for a more subtle & premium Blackline look.
• The GRACE OS is available directly as of now and are identifiable by the angle of the handlebar clamp bolts.
• Prices remain at 125,21€ (net) for both FR variants and 133,62€ (net) for the two EN variants.

Intend Grace
Intend Grace

Why OS?

OS stands for "Open Source". We're embracing a new approach to compatibility, empowering riders to share their experiences and contribute to a comprehensive compatibility list through user-generated data. Due to the stems distinctive design, compatibility with handlebars can vary. That's where our open-source initiative comes in. Here's how it works:

Instagram Post: Riders who own the GRACE OS stem can post a picture on Instagram. In the image, the successfully mounted handlebar & stem must be clearly visible from a specific angle. While the image description is not critical, it must include the stem model, handlebar diameter, brand name and product specifications of the handlebar.

Hashtags: To link these posts to our compatibility initiative, users must include the following hashtags: #intendgraceos and #intendgraceos%brandname%. For example, if the handlebar is from OneUp, the corresponding hashtag would be #intendgraceosoneup.

Verification and Rewards: Once a user's post is verified, they will receive a 10% voucher for our webshop, with no minimum or maximum order value. This not only encourages participation but also ensures that riders are rewarded for contributing to our community.

Intend Grace
Intend Grace

Reliable Compatibility Data:

Every verified post will be documented in our database, offering riders a reliable overview of which handlebars are compatible with the GRACE OS stems.

To maintain fairness and prevent duplication:
• Only the first post for each handlebar model will be rewarded with a voucher.
• Once a handlebar has been verified, another voucher for the same handlebar cannot be issued.
• Color variations of the same handlebar do not count.
• Relevant parameters like rise, sweep or diameter are considered valid for a new entry.

We invite all GRACE OS stem owners to join our open-source initiative, sharing their experiences and helping fellow cyclists. Together, we'll create a vibrant community and ensure every rider finds the perfect match for their GRACE OS stem and handlebar.

For more information please visit the GRACE OS Website

Author Info:
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Member since Nov 9, 2023
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125 Comments
  • 124 13
 So they made a stem that certain bars didn't fit it. Then resigned the stem leaving the entire source of the original problem there which is the fact that's there's only 2 bolts vs a 4 bolt faceplate so higher rise bars can't be squeezed through. Then called it Open Source? Ok.
  • 45 8
 Exactly. I thought we left the days of non-removable faceplates in the 1990's..... Zero desire for this type of stem. No removable face, no interest
  • 36 3
 When you feel so incredibly good about yourself that when there is a problem, it's definitely someone else's problem.
  • 34 13
 This is how a government works.
  • 28 23
 As someone who owns a bike yoke barkeeper, it’s not a big deal. I can easily get 35mm One Up carbon in there, it’s cheaper, stronger, and far lighter than high end 4 bolt alternatives. You’re missing out
  • 27 9
 @baxterbike: don't think so, saving 10gr on a stem is useless
  • 8 3
 @bman33: i thought we had left the 1990s period
  • 8 0
 I think they intended to!
  • 10 3
 @uponcripplecreek: it’s just called”German Engineering”
  • 21 0
 @baxterbike: you mean missing out on removing my levers any time I wish to remove my bar from my stem? I'm okay with that.
  • 24 2
 But if you’re the first person to take a picture of the stem not working with your handlebar, you get a $10 credit toward other products that probably won’t work on your bike either!
  • 3 2
 @boopiejones: isn’t it just amazing??
  • 8 12
flag baxterbike (Nov 11, 2023 at 13:48) (Below Threshold)
 @nicoenduro: do your homework. Barkeeper 80g to 128gr for industry nine same size and length. It’s 50% more for 4 bolt
  • 7 6
 @st-alfie: when are you removing your bars when it wouldn’t be easier just to take the stem off the fork? I’m very confused
  • 13 1
 @baxterbike: how does taking your stem off your fork help to remove your bars from the stem?
  • 10 1
 @baxterbike: when someone wants to remove their bars, like when boxing a bike, they pretty much don't want their fork and headset to fall off, don't want to note at what height in the spacer stack they have their stem. It's an very well executed part, but an extremely unpopular design.
  • 10 2
 I'd have one. Looks rude, super light and strong. If the bar will fit it's better than any four bolt stem.
  • 12 7
 @baxterbike: omg my bike is suddenly so heavy on the front and unrideable! i must switch to a stem that is 50% lighter! piss off seriously "do your homework" what a joke
  • 7 4
 @baxterbike: It is currently only available in 31.8, but a 4 bolt ProTaper ATAC is only 90 grams. Regardless, the Grace OS/Barkeeper could be 100 grams lighter and I still would never buy an antiquated 2 bolt stem.
  • 4 3
 @uponcripplecreek: Note? It's not like a ten digit number, you know you have a 10mm spacer or a 10 and a 5 or whatever, who doesn't know what spacers they have and/or needs to write them down? To keep the headset from falling off you can just put a bunch of spacers where the stem was and tighten the headset cap again. But then of course, you need to align the steering, which is more of a pain in the ass than mounting the bar back with the same tilt as before.
  • 7 2
 @DavidGuerra: in English we have this thing called mental notes. Also, god forbid that a professional mechanic take notes on his customer's ride so he can put it back together the right way after waiting for parts. That would y crazy right? The point here is that if you want to take your bars off with this stem, you have to take grips and lever off, not drop the forks, that's crazy.
  • 5 4
 @uponcripplecreek: I see practically no need to remove the handlebar from the stem unless it is being swapped out, at which point your argument is moot. I will pull my stem at the steerer before the handlebar from the stem to pack up. Maybe it's just me, but I find it far more difficult to get spot on bar roll than to remember the number of spacers below my stem.
  • 13 2
 @baxterbike: not very often at all. It's pretty much limited to if I'm trying different stem lengths on a new build or packing my bike into a travel bag.

I just don't see the point in making something more laborious for no benefit.

Any aesthetic improvement is entirely subjective and I don't consider the upper stem bolts to be such an eye catching feature that they need to be eliminated.

Perhaps you do, and that is fine. I won't impede you from riding your intend stemmed, headset cable routed, hidden shock equipped monstrosity to your hearts content.
  • 3 0
 @sspiff: yeah, for me it's to box a bike. And your right about bar roll, I really notice it on the high rise bar on my dj. A bit of a pain.
  • 2 1
 You guys are looking at this all wrong. This stem is pushing the 31.8 (superior) bar size. I’m pretty sure you could easily slide any 31.8 bar through this 35mm clamp stem. No problem. $12.99 for a shim on Amazon.
  • 3 0
 @jaame: You'll have one for 160-170$-USD and if a 50mm or 35mm will fit that bar and your ideal reach. I will say it's a beautiful looking stem no doubt and would be more enticing if they did additional lengths that are unique, like a 37mm,42mm, 48mm instead of the typical market standard lengths.. IMO.
  • 2 0
 @scary1: NAILED IT!!!!
  • 1 1
 @uponcripplecreek: im sure they INTEND to sell you a 50 dollar headset spacer with some bolts in it to keep that from happening! oh zero stack is what you want? well, back to the drawing board!
  • 5 0
 @nnowak: yup got one of these, good stems, hella light. ti bolts and its among the lightest all at a normal not insane price.
  • 5 1
 @baxterbike: the stem is one of the last places I’d want to save weight. I want that damn thing to be bombproof. I can’t think of anything worse than a stem or bar failure on a bike.
  • 2 3
 Looks very similar to 5Dev's Ti stem, just saying!
  • 1 0
 @uponcripplecreek: I'm not trying to argue with you, thanks for explaining that it was in the context of doing it for someone else. I do agree that this is very unpractical, however, out of curiosity, don't you "take notes" regarding bar angle? Am I in the minority for always bothering with gluing tape on the stem bridge and handlebar for aligning it back afterwards and replicating the exact angle?
  • 2 1
 @DavidGuerra: I never take my bar out of the stem unless I'm changing one or the other. To put it in the car I would take the stem off the steerer. It's much easier than messing about with the stem face plate (two face plates on the Spank stem I currently have on my main bike)
  • 2 0
 @DavidGuerra: I think you're right with the tape, it's just so precise. In forty years of cycling I've never been fussy about bar roll, until I started dirt jumping. It's taken me nearly 200 hours of riding to settle on bar width height and roll, I feel kinda silly about it. Every time I change bar roll, even just one mm. I need a few minutes of riding before I'm able to clean a jump set I've ridden on for hundreds of hours.
  • 1 0
 @rivercitycycles: You got it backwards, the Intend stem was around before 5Dev was even a company.
  • 53 5
 This is one stem I don't intend on buying.
  • 2 2
 Haha. Well said.
  • 47 6
 Let's see if I understand this... the stem is definitely on the expensive end of the spectrum, has compatibility issues with various handlebars, and they are expecting the user community to crowd source a compatibility chart. No thanks. I'll stick with a basic Race Face stem that costs half as much and works with every bar imaginable.
  • 3 0
 Newmen makes very light 4 bolt stems
  • 24 0
 And for all those people that buy bars that don’t fit this stem and have to return the bars..or stem.. or both. You can post those pictures of incompatibility using the hashtag #unintended
  • 40 1
 This is not open source.

Open source is an initiative where people make the source code for software they've developed publically available for free so others can use it and further develop it for their purpose. It's the reason why many common technologies are accessible to everyone.

For this to be considered open source then the CAD files will need to be made publically available so people can manufacture their own stems or modify the design if they wanted. Otherwise it's just false advertising and using the name of a great initiative that is driven by volunteers to make profit.

For software there have been court cases that ruled against companies using open source as false advertising (blog.opensource.org/court-affirms-its-false-advertising-to-claim-software-is-open-source-when-its-not) and i wonder if it could be applied here.
  • 13 0
 yes this is just opensourcewashing.
  • 2 4
 It’s just Canada’s version of open source. Nobody sues up there (no lawyers), so the phrase is just thrown around willy-nilly. It’s absolutely savage but these folks grow up wrestling grizzly bears
  • 1 0
 @emptybe-er: Intend is a German brand.
  • 1 0
 @Norman22: Thank you. That does make more sense
  • 1 0
 clearly OS stood for "offset" in-house until they went to figure out how to sell it
  • 39 3
 open source as in the files ara available for free? or open source as in you're getting the customers to do your job for you?
  • 15 0
 its not open source its crowdsourcing support. dick move by intend bc.
  • 3 0
 Remember how Trailforks got it's data?
  • 1 0
 OS maybe stands for Outsource??
  • 26 2
 Just ram a couple of flat blade screwdrivers in there and open the stem up, like 'we' did in the 90's when trying to install riser bars to this old design of stem! Can I have my 10% off please?
  • 2 0
 Yeah, us older folk will remember that exact technique trying to get a pair of ‘cow horns’ into the single bolt stems on our shitty cyclocross tyred 5 speed racers.
  • 15 2
 Hey @intend-bc, I can't find your github account, nor any information on where to download the STEP files for your stem. I'd really like to mill one myself to test compatibility with my high-rise bars.
  • 17 2
 Finally, a stem that empowers me to share my experience.
  • 7 0
 If they offered a discount combo with this, it would add to the overall experience.

www.pinkbike.com/news/saddlespurs-new-saddle-presented-without-comment-of-any-sort.html
  • 4 0
 This is my truth.
  • 12 0
 Just as important as a list of bars this stem is compatible with is a list of bars which it isn’t compatible with. Can they work on that too? (Love the stem, but this seems an important oversight)
  • 4 0
 i can tell you the hope carbon bar doesnt fit
  • 13 3
 So - they are asking riders to experiment to see what bars fit?? Math certainly could be used to determine which rise and angles would fit in the stem which then could be crossed referenced against a bar geo table.
  • 74 1
 It would be easier to just make a table with two columns. One column is for stems that work with every bar, this column contains basically every stem in existence. The other column is for stems that don't work with every bar, this column contains this stem.
  • 4 0
 @warmerdamj: LOL, that's simple for sure. It's really weird how this is being presented. I just feel like the manufacture of the stem should be able to provide specific bar dimension for compatibility if there are fitment issues
  • 8 0
 @warmerdamj: Haha I got a good laugh out of your comment.
  • 9 0
 @Superboost: I bet you did, Superboost.
  • 12 1
 Apparently they have misunderstood the meaning of open source.
  • 8 0
 I’d have more respect for them if they just said “not compatible with most riser bars over 20mm, but it’s simple, strong and light weight.”
  • 1 0
 @boopiejones That is exactly what the webiste used to say. They gave bars that they had tried and knew fir but everything else they said if over 20mm rise they could not guarantee it would fit.
  • 10 1
 This whole social media ploy is rediculous…
  • 2 1
 Yeah, ridiculous, right?
  • 8 0
 hmm I think "crowd source" is the word they were looking for.
  • 5 1
 So, if I want to buy an Intend fork and matching stem, and I want a 200 euro discount I only have to buy some no-name flat bar from alixpress for 5 euros and post a picture of it? Great deal. Too bad the stem won't fit the riser bar I actually want to ride but I am sure I can unload on someone in B&S.
  • 8 2
 This kinda stuff makes me laugh. I’ll continue on with my 5 year old race face atlas. Stiff, light, relatively inexpensive and looks great.
  • 6 1
 I'll take your 5 year old Atlas and raise you an 11 year old Straitline. Still used daily. Noone makes beautiful hunks of carved up metal like Straitline used to!
  • 2 1
 @puukkopedro: I had Straitline stem and bash ring back then. They made them 5 minutes from my house. Awesome stuff.
  • 2 0
 @BermJunky: cool - yeah still got a couple of bashes hanging about too! I've spent a bit of time on the island been passed their unit in Sidney a few times. Wish they did some new stuff their pedals were sick and so easy to strip and service.
  • 9 2
 So if it's really open source, where's the .step file?
  • 4 1
 The amount of fuss they make about what's basically a 'Hey, if you have a bar that (doesn't) fit, let us know, we'll put that info on our website' is pretty laughable. They are taking themselves a bit too serious.

That being said, in the 35mm clamp version just about all handlebars will fit, as the hole is so big most bends will slide through just fine (as the diameter in those spots is much smaller. For the 31,8mm there be a few more handlebars that won't fit. But in reality, not many mountain bikers ride a very high rise handlebar anyway.
  • 4 1
 Intend stuff is really nice - this is the absolute black of stems though, not any better than anything else but sold as being so while being expensive and pointlessly complicated in its attempted simplicity.
  • 4 0
 Dear Intend, please make a longer stem for pure XC, i'd love a 100 or 110mm
  • 37 1
 They make a 90mm stem to empower riders of all disciplines to have a stem that doesn't fit their bars.
  • 6 0
 Not their Intent.
  • 9 1
 @warmerdamj: actually, since XC racers care a lot about weight and usually ride pretty flat bars, I think this design may work for many of them.

The open source stuff is stupid though. The least they could do is a full money back (in shipping) for anyone whose bars do not fit. And the name makes no sense, letting your customers do your research for you is not open source.
  • 2 0
 @ak-77: I ride a flat bar and this works for me
  • 3 0
 I think they over complicated their product story. Could have just been about incremental improvement of an already very efficient and elegant design
  • 4 3
 Dissenting voice-unless you change your bars several times a year, this is an easy way to trim a little weight. Considering how tall the front end of a 29er with a 160 (or longer) fork is, a flat or low rise bar is often the best option for a correct fit already.

If I build a lighter bike-one of these might go in it.
  • 1 0
 Apart from strong preference for 4 bolt faceplates, also prefer stems with the bolts on the side, like the DMR Defy or E13 ones, and not pointing at my knees, as I ride without knee-pads 99% of the time. DMR Defy for me (it also looks way cooler). The Intend looks so flimsy, certainly not confidence inspiring.
  • 4 1
 if only there was a way to remove half the clamp and use 4 bolts instead of a pinch system, oh wait
  • 1 0
 GRACE OS FR: 35mm length, 31.8 and 35mm handlebar clamp
GRACE OS EN: 50mm length, 31.8 and 35mm handlebar clamp

So is that the difference between Free Ride and Enduro, 15mm, glad to know I've been doing it wrong.
  • 2 0
 I assumed it was for FRench and ENglish. I was waiting for the 65mm DEutsch version.
  • 3 4
 This type of two bolt design also distributes the pressure better which is relevant for lightweight carbon bars. In conjunction you can end up with a very clean looking and lightweight combo. An example of this is the 77 Designz combo / We Are One Da Package.
  • 13 0
 Wouldn’t a ‘zero gap’ design work in a similar fashion that many stems use?

E.g. the top bolts tighten to close and the bottom two maintain the gap?
  • 4 0
 @justanotherusername: Don't you get all engineer-y physics logical at them!!
  • 2 0
 @justanotherusername: No. The reason the WR1/77 system is unique is because on most stems, the bolts are situated under the bar. When you push down on the bar, you're relying on the tension of the bolts to hold the faceplate against the bar, while the bar tries to seperate them. On the WAO/77 style, the bar is sitting on a 'shelf' so the stem itself is holding the bar in place and all that is required are the 2 bolts to clamp on the sleeve. This makes for a stronger system that can be made lighter and stiffer in the stem, and allows the bar to be made with more noticeable ride characteristics.
  • 4 1
 @Tmackstab: That’s a hilariously incorrect theory you have there, clamps and fasteners just don’t work that way.

‘More noticeable ride characteristics’ - care to explain?
  • 1 0
 @justanotherusername: I always thought that these thin 2 bolt stems work kind of like a strap that cinches around the bar hence creating equal pressure. With the 4 bolt plates I thought you’re kind of squeezing a plate onto the bar hence deforming it slightly. I didn’t take the zero gap design into consideration…
  • 1 0
 @jostaudt: yea some stems completely tighten to form zero gap leaving the bottom bolts the job of tightening the clamp.

Realistically though this is inventing a problem and solving it - how many times do we hear modern bars failing due to unequal clamping forces?

This clamp will be used here for only to lose weight and provide a clean aesthetic.
  • 1 0
 @jostaudt: You are only half right. Something like a worm drive hose clamp will have relatively even pressure around the circumference of a tube. On a 2 bolt stem, only the front half of the clamping area is flexible. The rear half of the bar clamping area is just as rigid as a 4 bolt stem. Furthermore, the "flexible" area of a 2 bolt stem does not flex uniformly around a 180 degree circumference. In reality, the distribution of clamping forces in a 2 bolt stem versus a 4 bolt stem are not dramatically different.
  • 5 1
 No
  • 2 0
 Anyone know what frame is in the first picture? That carbon wrap on the HT is wild.
  • 3 2
 Pass I'll sick with the 35 dollar MEC stem and 38 dollar aluminum bar. Both 35mm
  • 3 1
 Same, but with 31.8mm bars.
  • 2 1
 The piecemealed rough look of that headtube does little to compliment the smooth lines of that stem.
  • 2 1
 Why would we go back to 2 bolt pinch stems? Having to use a flathead screwdriver to get your handlebars in sucked.
  • 2 0
 Their stems come with a wooden spatula so you can "open" the gap and insert the bars without scratching the stem.
You can use it for cooking too!!!

Realisticaly, how many times a year do you take the bars off the stem? Once?
I had a couple of Intend stems and they are awesome. I swapped it for a Locked Components Ronin 2 because I have a Titanium addiction, but they work the same way.
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know if the Indend stem is compatible with the We Are One carbon bar?
  • 2 0
 It should be, the Da Bar is effectively a 35 mm bar (33 mm bar with a shim) and their Da Stem is essentially the 77Designz stem packaged for them. There was a recent post where a chap has fitted the ano silver 77Designz stem on his Arrival for a good contrasting look.
  • 19 0
 Didn't you read the article? It clearly states that it's your job to find that out by either testing it for yourself or trawling through instagram.
  • 1 1
 @st-alfie: I’m not wondering if the bar fits through the opening but if it’s considered safe. I know both the We are one stem and the 77 designz are compatible. Trying to figure out if the Intend stem is also a safe match with the We are one bar.
  • 1 1
 It is compatible, I‘m riding this setup with 35mm rise. Check the compatibility posts for more. Smile
  • 1 0
 i have the old 35, 50 and 75. they are great. so a 42,5 version would be nice for the enduro bike
  • 2 0
 Not only is it stupid, it's also expensive!
  • 1 0
 World's best looking stem for sure! If I wasn't such a cheap ass I'd definitely have one on my bike.
  • 1 0
 Apparently it wasn't Graceful enough.
  • 1 0
 What is the wild looking carbon frame in the first pic?
  • 1 0
 @rjwspeedjunkie: Thanks. Very intriguing manufacturing process.
  • 1 0
 pic and info of the fiber winding robot here: www.reinforcedplastics.com/content/products/robotic-fiber-winding
  • 3 0
 That thing needs an article about it.
  • 1 0
 At factory OpenSource At home OhShit
  • 1 1
 I actually really like the product but it seems they don't understand what open source means.
  • 1 3
 Lighter and cleaner. I like it. Missed opportunity to not tuck the steerer pinch bolts on the side though. I'll wait for tge super clean grace os2
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