Tenet's Nora v2.5 Stem Is Now Made In USA

Oct 13, 2021
by Tenet Components  

PRESS RELEASE: Tenet Components

Tenet has been dreaming of bringing production to Bellingham from the very beginning. It wasn’t until the pandemic struck that those cards were even in our deck. As lead times began to look grimmer and grimmer, demand suddenly sky rocketed. Being a small rider owned company we were able to pivot at the most crucial moment. Enter our working relationship with Trulife Engineered Solutions. Located here in Bellingham, WA; Trulife specializes in the medical and aerospace divisions making them well fit for our high attention to detail mantra.

Re-introducing the Nora V2.5

It was a no brainer to bring our beloved Nora stem to our hometown of Bellingham, WA. While we had already fine-tuned the tool path design of the Nora stem, placing it in the hands of Clayton Mortimer, Trulife’s tool path engineer and OG trail builder, was the icing on the cake. Bike nerdery is still intact with offset matching lengths for all those short offset bikes out there, or just slap on your length of choice in 5mm increments from 32mm and forget the nerdome altogether.

• Fully CNC'ed in Bellingham, WA from North American sourced 6061-T6 aluminum
• 35mm Clamp Diameter
• 32mm, 37mm, or 42mm Length
• Onyx, Gun Metal, and Umber
• 0º Rise
• 40mm Stack Height
• 138g (32mm) | 146g (37mm) | 154g (42mm)
• Lifetime Crash Replacement
• Price: $134 USD

Where do we go from here?

By now, many of you are well aware or have personal experience with how eff’d up the bike industry is. Our relationship with Trulife solves a lot of immediate supply chain issues, but believe me when I say this is only the beginning. The ability to rapid prototype new products locally and seamlessly move them into production means overall better products faster for you the end user. It’s a dream come true to be able to drive 15 minutes from our HQ and be standing on the machine shop floors looking at samples with machinists who also actively participate in our cycling community. We look forward to fostering that relationship as we expand our assortment of domestically made products.

To learn more about the Nora V2.5 Stem visit www.ridetenet.com


  • 60 1
 I've got a set of Tennet's Occult pedals and they are just fantastic. They include a rebuild (which has not been necessary). All my dealings with the company have been positive. We all know there are a ton of cockpit options out there, but if you care who you support and like USA made gear, you could do a hell of a lot worse than buying from Tennet.
  • 26 1
 Thank you for the kind words. Use that refresh!
  • 14 2
 You had me at Made in America!
  • 26 39
flag danstonQ (Oct 13, 2021 at 13:18) (Below Threshold)
 @ridetenet: your stems are simply as sexy as an unshaven pussy. They deserve a french kiss. Well done!
  • 8 2
 @danstonQ: I prefer hairless
  • 11 0
 Same here. I had a pedal that snapped in half and they owned up to having a batch of pedals in the first run where there were some deficiencies. Sent me some replacement platforms, that had a fix for the issue, super fast. Not an ideal situation, but they handled it with honesty and made it right in a hurry. Would not hesitate to buy a second pair.
  • 12 0
 @danstonQ: Everything about this comment is French as hell.
  • 6 1
 @danstonQ: i don't know whether to upvote or downvote this
  • 1 0
 Also, I'm sorry I cannot spell. Double letters have always eluded me. Sorry, @ridetenet
  • 2 2
 @danstonQ: username checks out.
  • 3 0
 I also have a set of Occults and love them. I'm a 31.8 Syntace guy myself so their stem isn't in my future, but I'm a fan for sure.
  • 2 7
flag danstonQ (Oct 14, 2021 at 1:25) (Below Threshold)
 @syntheticreality: 'cos you watch too much porn and touch too less real smelly girls.American syndrom. Typical
  • 4 10
flag danstonQ (Oct 14, 2021 at 1:28) (Below Threshold)
 @pb-kg: #MakeHairyPussiesGreatAgain
  • 42 2
 Finally, a stem. I've been looking for something to hold my bars AND my steerer, and have been striking out so far.
  • 47 0
 We've heard your calls!
  • 4 0
 I have a 37mm Gun Metal and it's a beautiful stem! Now I have an excuse to build up another bike!
  • 23 2
 Does this stem work when traveling backward through time?
  • 2 0
 Only when going forward.
  • 27 0
 The shadow of Christopher Nolan continues to haunt us...
  • 7 0
 how else can one manufacture domestically??
  • 4 5
 What I was thinking.

Me watching that movie: "Oh this is weird and cool and confusing...I'm sure it'll come together"
Me at the end of the movie: "UUUghghhhh...that movie was such a mess"

Love Nolan and certainly Inception (geez, amazing). But feel like he outsmarted himself with that movie and the time reversal thing ended up being a little gimmicky. Super cool but it didn't come together with anything resembling a cohesive story.
  • 3 2
 @ridetenet: at least you can rest easy knowing even if you produce a bad stem it'll still be better than that trash film
  • 2 0
 You gotta attach the steerer tube part to the handlebar, backwards, whilst riding forwards. Also if you interlock 7 of them Christopher Nolan disappears up his own arse and returns inverted.
  • 2 0
 @Svinyard: it only makes sense BACKWARDS!!!
  • 1 0
 @Svinyard: @Svinyard: It's a movie that you have to watch at least 2 times, because when you realise how inverting actually works it's already the end of the movie and you've missed a lot of details that connect the story. It's not as good as Inception or Dunkirk tho.
  • 10 0
  • 19 0
 No it's the prequel that hasn't happened yet
  • 2 0
 @JonnyTheWeasel: the sequel has a future in the past, and the prequel has a past in the future.
  • 26 20
 As a rider with knees, I need rounded edges on my stem's steerer clamp. Sharp, "industrial," knife-edged profiles don't look "cool," they look like meat cleavers. Time to put some curves on V3.
  • 11 5
 My junk would agree too… I dont want any kind of knife there…
  • 24 5
 Maybe I am doing something wrong (or right), but I don't think I have ever hit my knees on the stem. Is this common? Genuinely curious on this.
  • 16 6
 As a rider with a bike, you're doing something really wrong if your knees are your main concern when buying a stem. I'd put this bad boy up there with Paul and Profile in terms of boutique US made stems. I love the 5-axis work to keep the steerer encapsulated, Nice work!
  • 10 9
 "My car sucks because the screws that hold the steering shaft to the power steering pump are sharp."
  • 10 0
 @vesania: It's something that was a constant and painful problem for me for my first 20ish years of riding. Then bikes got loooong and I haven't smashed a knee on a bar or stem since. It's crazy how much of a difference modern geo made. I went from 100-0 overnight when I got my first long bike.
  • 10 0
 @singletrackslayer: I think your car sucks because you screwed your steering shaft to the power steering pump. Nothing to do with sharpness.
  • 3 0
 @vesania: was common on the BMX, not so much of an issue when reach lengths grew to 450+ mm over the last few years.
  • 2 0
 @ridealltheb1kes: I'm pretty sure they are making this on a 4-axis horizontal mill but yes, this machining is top notch!
  • 1 0
 I've stepped on my stem during an awkward fall off a skinny, but never hit my knees
  • 7 0
 Agree. As someone with long legs I still occasionally smash knee to stem even with long reach bikes.
  • 2 0
 @millsr4: ah makes sense, hence the tombstone!
  • 4 0
 KS Ether: steerer clamp bolts at 10 o’clock.
  • 6 0
 @vesania: Yes, it depends on the length of your legs, preference in frame size, and aversion to kneepads, even if it admittedly becomes less frequent the longer reaches become. No matter how you slice it, or what body part is on the chopping block in a crash, sharp edges on a stem are just a really stupid design. The comments here say it all: there are way too many overwrought, overpriced, and overweight stems on the market looking to part teenage fashion-victims from their parents' money.
  • 5 0
 I quoted their pedals when they first came to Trulife but they couldn't justify our costs vs. the pricing they got over seas. It's great to hear that they could make it work with this stem though!

Also, Clayton is a rad dude with tons of skill in the shop and on a bike. Glad he got some props on this! The 10" travel DH bike he built is such a beast! @mikekazimer you should do a feature on this thing!
  • 6 0
 The pricing on the Occult was tough... The pricing on the OCCULT was tough... Wink

P.S. Clayton is awesome. Have to give props where props is due.
  • 9 1
 Nothing more exciting than a new stem release!
  • 8 0
 Well, maybe a fender release?
  • 5 0
 top cap maybe?
  • 3 0
 @CircusMaximus: As one of the 5 people on Earth who own a Helm AND needs a bolt-on fender, I felt that.
  • 1 0
 "new" tire patterns and casings
  • 1 0
 Tubeless valve release are pretty exciting too.
  • 3 0
 I don't know why 'Lifetime Crash Replacement' on a stem made me laugh a bit. Not sure, other than over torqued threads, if I've every seen a stem destroyed in a crash. Love the look, lengths and 5mm increments, but where's the 31.8 option?
  • 6 1
 Looks great. I had great service when I bought pedals so it's good to see things going well for Tenet.
  • 9 5
 This looks like the perfect stem for those who just got into riding, but want to guarantee that their knees will quickly have the scars of a 30 year rider!
  • 4 3
 TENET is the real deal! Owner has been shredding bikes of all sizes his whole life and constantly re-inventing. Love to see it TENET keep it up, we need more rider owned products, stop giving your money to brands who don't care about mountain biking and just want your money. Take your power back and support rider owned small business.
  • 3 0
 Food Grade alu being used with aerospace technology to produce clamping device btw two pipes?
  • 3 0
 I love the marketing speak for "these people have very expensive machinery to make our stuff so we have to charge you more"
  • 3 1
 @gus6464: "tool path engineer" God I hope that's an inside joke

But good on them for making a product that weighs close to 2.5x what their competitors weigh at an astronomical price. American engineering excellence on display
  • 1 0
 I don't know why i haven't seen this stem reviewed or tested yet. It has a built in bell, and go-pro mount for a light.

  • 4 0
 Cuz it’s ugly af

That’s coming from someone who loves Rev Grips.
  • 5 0
 Dear lord that thing is an abomination
  • 1 0
 I don’t like the way revgrips write their marketing
  • 1 0
 I clicked through thinking it can't be that ugly. It is really that ugly.

The integration of common necessities into the stem is super cool but they need to hire a design engineer or something because that stem is amazingly tacky, and I'm a sucker for orange anodizing but even in orange it's too much for me.

I am all about utility when it comes to stems. Rounded corners+ strong+ light+ fatigue resistant+

The syntace megaforce 2 is like the perfect stem aside from the tacky name. Forged and shot-peened it's strong and fatigue resistant, it's got a low stack height, and comes with Ti hardware. Best of all it holds my bars to my steerer tube...


It's not flashy but it's just about perfection for it's intended use. They even clear it for use on DH bikes and it's not even that expensive for what it is.
  • 4 0
 that looks really nice but it's only available in 35mm so I'm out
  • 5 0
 Why no 31.8 option?
  • 2 1
 31.8 died. 35mm is the new 31.8 and soon 35mm will die.
  • 2 0
 Loving the colors, not loving the shipping options (my country's not in there).
  • 2 0
 Just found out about this company. Love the stem. Their pedals are super sick! Already love what they made
  • 3 0
 so rad to see them bringing this home to bellingham
  • 2 3
 Where were these made in the past?

If you're selling colored stems, you need to sell matching stem caps, spacers, and seatpost levers as well. People like their stuff to match. Wolftooth is a company who does this really well.
  • 1 0
 You need to fully understand the movie to complete your order. Or maybe you will receive your stem before ordering it. Damn that's tricky.
  • 2 1
 "offset matching lengths for all those short offset bikes"

That's a thing now? Why?
  • 1 0
 I've heard people talk about how the theoretical ideal for the stem length, is the same as the fork offset. And you'll see that typically, thats close to true (35mm, 40mm, and 50mm are probably the most popular, and are close to the normal fork offsets you see of 37mm, 42/44mm, and 51mm).

But I've never seen anyone else do stem lengths that are "exactly" the fork offset before.
  • 1 0
 I think Tenet is one of the few. I tried a 50mm stem (too long) and a 35mm stem (too short). The 42mm was a goldilocks option for the 44mm offset fork I have.
  • 1 1
 @gafotes: you mean it is the goldilocks option for the entire bike geo (reach, front center, stack, head angle, fork length, fork offset, etc). For example, if you put that same offset fork on a much slacker bike, the trail number would increase a bunch and the steering would slow, prompting maybe a shorter stem, but only if you had room in the reach and top tube, despite the same offset.
  • 1 0
 @justinfoil: well yeah, I’m not saying that’s the perfect fork or stem. It is just a well matched component.
  • 3 0
 beautiful stems
  • 2 1
 Lots of great American-made stem options these days. Thomson, Tenet, I9, Paul and more.
  • 3 0
 Fuck yeah TShane!!!!
  • 1 0
 Made in USA with North American (Canadian) aluminum. What can we complain about?
  • 21 24
 Right, another boutique 6061 CNC stem, with no standout features at all. It’s not particularly light, not particularly low and only comes in 35mm clamp. Also I don’t care about a crash replacement, I don’t want my stem breaking full stop.
  • 25 1
 It's a stem mate, what do you want it to do? Any features you see missing? Go Pro mount, bro?

I for one am stoked to be seeing more US made stuff being built. Times have been hard for PNW machinists. Happy to see them getting some work.
  • 9 0
 Lifetime crash replacement??? THE NERVE.
  • 4 7
 This - just milking the cycling cash cow.
  • 1 1
 "lifetime crash replacement" just means "we only offer a 2 year warranty, but if our shit breaks after that you don't have to pay full price for a new one".

Had a Thomson and a Race Face stem both develop hairline cracks that I noticed before riding, thank jeebus.
In both cases the companies warrantied the parts. I dunno how hard I'd have to crash to damage a stem that wasn't going to be covered under warranty; a new stem would be the least of my problems in that situation.
  • 9 0
 @chrod: As the OP mentioned. Our stem isn't designed to be the lightest on the market. It'll hold up to a beating. That being said if you ask anyone who has dealt with our brand on the warranty front, we are very generous.
  • 2 2
 @xxinsert-name-herexx How about it's just f'ing pretty and if you need a different stem for your bike, or just like jewellery, then you crack right on without the judgement of some pinker who uses the stock house branded stem on his bike and drives a basic ford focus.
  • 6 1
 @Glenngineer: This kind of idiotic comment is becoming more common now.

A business makes a product, a non essential luxury good to go on your non essential luxury bike and apparently that’s ‘cashing in’?

I sure hope you are going to work for free tomorrow, no cashing in now.
  • 3 1
 Damn dude it's a stem. It clamps a bar to a steerer tube, has a bog ass standard stack height, looks pretty good and it's strong (bought one mid pandemic because it was the only thing I could get my hands on, glad I did because I think it's awesome). Now that it's made locally with locally sourced materials it's even better. No asian sweat shop work here. What exactly are you looking for in a stem that has your feathers so ruffled?? It doesn't sat HOPE on the side of it or what?
  • 3 1
 @Glenngineer: Milking it? People still have to choose to buy this. No one is forcing it on you. They're not leveraging their market share in other places to force anyone into speccing this as OEM or into carrying no other brands of stem in a shop. They saw a space in the market, and actually _spent_ money (R&D, machine time, materials, testing, marketing) to make a product to fit that space, and they won't break even until some number of riders _choose_ to buy. Is that milking it?
  • 1 0
 $134 USD just in case you are looking for the price Wink
  • 1 0
 i will have several Tenet's living in my garage
  • 1 0
 I wanna be a stocking dealer for their products! SOOOO GOOD!
  • 2 0
 BRAVO! More of this.
  • 1 0
 Will it be available in a 31.8?
  • 1 0
 I’m such a sucker for beautiful machined parts.
  • 1 0
 all stems look the same, under a nice old roach pad
  • 1 0
 Charge port location????
  • 1 0
 I'm glad I got in at $99
  • 1 0
 Sooooooo cool
  • 1 1
 Too little clamping surface. Don't like it.
  • 1 0
 Yup, it clamps!
  • 1 0
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