The Backhand Fist Stem Packs a Punch

Mar 31, 2023
by Dario DiGiulio  
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As the newest release in a long and proud heritage of stems that look like things that aren't stems, the Backhand Fist has firmly landed on the chin of the mountain bike market. This meaty paw is only available in one size option, but you can get it in 4 different colors. With a triple-bolt clamp up front, and two on the steerer side, it's sure to sport the grip strength needed to hold on.

We don't yet have one in for test, but there seems to be plenty of material to function safely. The only obvious downside is the slip-clamp design, as those tend not to work with riser bars that have any sort of aggressive bends.
Backhand Fist Stem

• 5 fingers
• 45mm reach
• 31.8mm bar clamp diameter
• Colors: Silver, Black, Matte Black, Copper
• Weight: unknown
• Made in Chattanooga, TN
• $160 USD
backhandbikes.com

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If only there were a second hand, this could have been knuckle tats.
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The clamps seem simple and effective.

A Brief and Very Incomplete History of Odd Stems

I'm going to start with my personal favorite, the Dirty Dog Reaper. I've been searching for one of these for years (send me a DM if you have one for sale), but they're quite elusive. What impresses me most is how complete the package is, with the top cap, face plate, and rear clamp all meshing into one beautiful and terrifying skull man.

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Handsome fella.
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Also came in black.
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Surprisingly dialed assembly.


It may surprise you to learn that the Backhand isn't the first fist-shaped stem out there, though it may be the first to not include a forearm. This mystery fist is another legend that's been floating around the forums for years, but seems to be even more rare than my coveted Dirty Dog. Seems the length is better suited to an XC build, though I'm not sure you'd want to bolt this appendage onto a modern lightweight whip.

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Powerful.
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Stepping away from the body parts theme before things get too lewd, let's take a look at two car-themed options out there. Both from Al's Rapid Transit, a small-scale BMX manufacturer, we have the VW Micro Bus Hippy Van and the Mystery Machine / A-Team.

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honk honk
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beep beep

Finally, and in keeping with the car trend, we've got this Jaguar hood ornament-inspired piece that my friend Sean sent my way. Sure, it's a quill stem, but you'll have the hottest vintage mountain bike around with this Jaaag on the front.

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Sleek.


I'm sure there's one committed collector out there who has a trove of these beauties, but for the rest of us, go buy a black shot-peened 40mm stem and call it a day. Unless you have a Dirty Dog, in which case please send me a message.

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98 Comments
  • 223 2
 This is stupid and I love it.
  • 60 0
 my finest work
  • 5 16
flag KeithShred (Mar 31, 2023 at 18:25) (Below Threshold)
 I'll pass
  • 43 0
 @dariodigiulio: needs a wrist watch top cap.
  • 11 0
 Proper trail etiquette when riding with that stem is to yell: “Move over and let me pass or I’m gonna backhand fist you from behind!”
  • 14 0
 @WRCDH: dude it’s called a donkey punch
  • 9 0
 Aprils Fools surely?!!
  • 2 0
 I would actually buy one. It should also be reversible with an option to attach a single sqlab inner barend in the middle..
  • 3 0
 @YukonMog: no, for some people it's april fool every day apparently
  • 1 0
 high five!
  • 7 0
 Fisting is great!
  • 4 0
 When your stem is heavier than your frame!
  • 2 0
 I am still waiting for the choo-choo-train stem they wer showing at the Taipei Cycle Show!
  • 1 0
 @JosMaple: You mean something like the Stem Captain Clock?
stemcaptain.com/shop
  • 44 1
 I'm confused. It's April fools here already. So I've got my tinfoil hat on for the next 48hrs
  • 5 0
 For whatever reason you can already see tomorrows joke on the dashboard
  • 30 1
 Do a dick stem with the handlebar acting as the Prince Albert. Call it the Tiger King
  • 2 0
 Had a ControlTec Newton stem we called the bent erection. Those were different days.
  • 17 0
 Make a Dick stem that's exceptionally heavy and call the Pound.
  • 4 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: why would it not just weigh a pound?
  • 1 0
 3t Mutant already covered that ground
  • 23 0
 The jaguar stem looks sick.
  • 5 0
 Perfect for xc! Meow
  • 1 0
 Saw it in a shop many gears ago!
  • 18 0
 I quite desperately need a hippopotamus gripping my handlebars by its teeth. I'm glad the industry is slowly catching up to consumer demand.
  • 15 0
 Honorable mention should go to the Ibis Hand Job cable hanger.
  • 2 0
 I had to look this up, but man it was worth it.
  • 11 0
 The fister!
  • 4 0
 Fister Roboto
  • 3 0
 wankers cramp
  • 5 0
 These are some pretty cool stems, not gonna lie! It already takes me way too long to adjust my bars and stem though, and some of these being asymetrical, would only make it worse.
  • 7 0
 Jordan Boostmaster needs this stem. Though he might be breaking some knuckles, but it’ll make his videos more interesting
  • 7 1
 I’m not gonna lie I would definitely put more than one of these on my ride!!
  • 6 0
 How do you fit more than one?
  • 18 0
 @mikeyfresh1990: I think you just route it through the headset
  • 20 0
 @mikeyfresh1990: use stems instead of spacers, duh.
  • 3 0
 @mikeyfresh1990: you don't have 4" of spacers on your steerer?
Rookie mistake.
  • 3 0
 @mikeyfresh1990: There's definitely a "your mom" joke in there somewhere.
  • 9 1
 dick pounds stem
  • 1 0
 Nah, his looks like something else... But they can't post pics of it here
  • 6 0
 No love for the old GT piston stem?
  • 5 0
 If this is real.... It is definitely the Ed Hardy or Affliction brand of stems.
  • 2 0
 Real as can be
  • 2 0
 Odyssey elementary stem is one of my all time favorites 1 bolt to rule them all, would work much better with a lower rise Mtb bar. The bummer with this stem is it would slip on tall Bmx bars. More of this bike nerd shit please.
  • 1 1
 Looks real fiddly to set up. The U.S.E. VYCE stem uses the same concept with modern handlebar clamp sizing, but it looks too thin and spindly for me to feel comfortable using. There's knockoffs of it too on a!iexp*$$ if you look..
  • 1 0
 I have fond memories of using a cheater bar with a fried trying to get his elementary to actually stay put. That thing slipped so much.
  • 3 0
 Not sure where the idea stemmed from, but surely if you’re riding with the sleek, big cat, you’ve got to say “Jaaag” a la Clarkson, whenever you pass anyone….

Or would that just be April foolish?
  • 4 0
 At least this is straight fun, not pseudo engineering like 5dev. Sure this stem is heavy. Still awesome.
  • 4 0
 Ok, we have fisting covered.
Now we need a d!ck- and an ass-shaped one.
The Trail Intruder and the Trail Farter?
  • 3 0
 An Assguy to complement your double duty Assegais.
  • 2 0
 Not interested in that stem,but if someone comes up with an air canister for the shock with that design I think it would be a hit Big Grin
  • 1 0
 I have one for sale on eBay . I am in the uk and willing to ship worldwide . Just type in Dirty Dog Grim Reaper Stem . I am only selling as needs must ☺️
  • 3 0
 Finally, a stem to compliment my TapouT jersey.
  • 3 0
 Im surprised there aren't any erect weiner stems yet.
  • 4 0
 DM me bro
  • 4 0
 FINALLY INOVATION
  • 2 0
 Just need some wrap around glasses and crank up the five finger death punch
  • 3 0
 Jesus wept, it's the sort of shit clown poseurs would bolt to a Harley.
  • 2 0
 If someone else has the same stem you can ride into each other to fistbump
  • 1 0
 you guys made a website and everything. that's not even a real puzzle clamp.
  • 2 0
 Does it come in both left- and right hand versions?
  • 2 0
 Looking forward to Trail Tinder 2.0
  • 1 0
 I almost bought one of that skull one,many years ago ,I regret it till this day
  • 2 0
 The NYC Freeride Blox Stem was the best-overdone stem ever.
  • 1 0
 They need to bring back the middle finger stem. It was so sick. Too bad the company got sued for impailment.
  • 1 0
 If you scream "POUND IT BRO" you unlock another 5mph top speed on the straights
  • 1 0
 ya'll too young to remember the Ibis LD stem???
  • 1 0
 Looks like Pinkbike needs a new category in the Buy/Sell section
  • 1 0
 Field test stem edition coming soon?
  • 1 0
 Is it symmetrical left vs. right? If so, it is a true beauty!
  • 3 1
 r/atbge
  • 1 0
 All the puns knocked out in first round
  • 1 0
 What happened to you? ...I got crashed in the face
  • 1 0
 It’s not even tomorrow yet so I’m convinced this is real.
  • 1 0
 It’s real
  • 1 0
 Now dude Bros and dude Bikes can fist bump together
  • 1 0
 Can they make one where someone is standing on a new AXS rear mech?
  • 1 0
 Ahhh yes, my favorite day of the Pinkbike year, 4/1!!
  • 1 0
 Ah, April the 1st. Nice.
  • 2 0
 From memory backhand has been making these for years iirc he’s from New Zealand followed him for years on instant
  • 1 0
 Pointless as the handle with prevent any real fun
  • 1 0
 I have an idea for their next version. You're #1
  • 1 0
 Weight: 3 knuckle sandwiches
  • 1 0
 The biking Fists of McCluskey
  • 2 0
 Soo Fisticated
  • 1 0
 I’m here for this
  • 1 0
 BRO IM DEAD
  • 1 0
 I Pity the Fool!
  • 1 1
 I guess Dollar General entered the stem market.
  • 1 0
 what in the actual f*ck?
  • 1 0
 4 fingers*
  • 1 0
 need 1 in black
  • 1 0
 Lol yeah never
  • 1 0
 One day early!
  • 1 0
 Fek I luv this.
  • 1 1
 It's April 1st but unfortunately this isn't even a joke.
  • 1 0
 No tattoos?







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