Short and strong, the Helm stem is a worthy step up from the long house-brand stems that many new bikes still come with.
|A few years ago it was difficult to find a stem shorter than 50mm, but recent changes in bike geometry and riding styles have brought about the introduction of more and more options in the 35-45mm range. The Helm is an eye-catching entry, and garnered multiple trailside comments from riders who were impressed by the stem's well-finished look. The big silver hex head bolts (5mm for the body and 4mm for the face plate) snugged down securely, and never emitted any creaks or groans during our time on the trail. As far as the shape goes, there aren't any overly sharp edges or corners, a welcome sight for anyone familiar with the pain that comes from smacking a stem due to a slipped pedal or skipping chain. There wasn't any noticeable flex either, even when pushing hard into corners on a set of 785mm wide bars. You can't really ask for anything more from a stem, can you? Good looks, a reasonable weight, no creaking, and the fact that it's made in the USA makes the Helm stem a solid contender in the world of short stems. - Mike Kazimer|
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