Win an Industry Nine A35 All-Mountain Stem - Pinkbike's Advent Calendar Giveaway

Dec 18, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  

CONTEST NOW CLOSED. The winner of the OneUp Components Prize Pack is Pinkbike user SlipperyWhenDry.

Congratulations SlipperyWhenDry

Prize Details:

Taking name and shape from the A-axis in our five-axis machining centers, the A35 is an all-mountain stem utilizing a 35mm bar diameter and demonstrating that every detail matters.

The A35 is machined, anodized and assembled entirely in our Asheville, NC facility and available in lengths of 32mm, 40mm, 50mm and 60mm. Add our expressive mix of 11 anodized colors, and you’ll discover the form and function to dial any ride.

• 35mm Bar Diameter
• Available in 32mm, 40mm, 50mm and 60mm lengths
• Includes six high strength 316 stainless steel custom M5 bolts
• 180° Wrap
• Solid 7075 Machined Aluminum*
• *100% Domestically Sourced
• Eleven Anodized Color Choices and Color Combinations


To be eligible, you must be logged into your Pinkbike account. If you don't have one, you can sign up here.

There will be new prizes revealed every day in the lead up to Dec 25th so check the Advent Calendar daily on the front page of Pinkbike and make sure you enter for a chance to win.

Winners will be notified via the email associated with their Pinkbike account within 48 hours of their name being drawn.
Happy Holidays!

MENTIONS: @IndustryNineOfficial


  • 43 15
 On the eighteenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
Eighteen stupendous stems,
Seventeen titanic Thules,
Sixteen awesome Aircrafts,
Fifteen glorious Guides,
Fourteen thoughtful Topeaks,
Thirteen jazzed-up Joysticks,
Twelve vibrant Vectals,
Eleven exceptional Enves,
Ten cavernous CamelBaks,
Nine overwhelming Öhlins,
Eight One up ornaments,
Seven perfect Parachutes,
Six amazing AG2s,
Five spectacular Stans,
Four playful Polygons,
Three breathtaking Braces,
Two dashing DBXes,
And SRAM Code stoppers in type arr ess cee
  • 33 4
 Leave it to PB commenters to complain about the price of something that’s literally being given away.
  • 3 1
 Between all the hate it's generating here and from when it was originally released, I'm just hoping everyone leaves it to either me or you to win. Nice looking stem! Pick me!
  • 2 0
 @TheR: you know if you’ve got the PB haters riled up you’ve got a pretty sick bike. Haha.
  • 3 1
 Dude, prior to scrolling down I had planned a comment in regards to PB commenters not being able to complain now.... /Fail by me
  • 17 3
 I live like 2 miles from I-9 and have a few friends that work there. Apparently these are selling so fast they can barely keep up with production. Further proof PB users generally don't have a clue what they're complaining about. Think it's too expensive? Cool, don't buy it. Just stop acting like you have a clue what something like this actually costs to develop and manufacture, you sound like a bunch of whiny children.
  • 3 1
 I don't get why everyone is shocked by the price, as though it's the first expensive stem ever sold. If you buy this stem in a single color, it's $120. Thomson, Straitline, Profile and others have all had stems in this price point, give or take a couple bucks.
  • 1 0
 @satanslittlehelper YES
  • 2 1
 My raceface turbine stem was about the same price.. I wasn't really shocked by the price.

People these days eh?
  • 1 1
 @tigerteeuwen: I can see not wanting to pay that much, and going with another stem, but it's not exactly unheard of to sell a stem for $120.
  • 10 1
 Why are people on here so stupid that they criticise prizes given away for free in a competition? What total f*cknuts! Any other manufacturers or suppliers looking at some of the comments on these threads must be thinking twice about participating in a give away in future. No one is asking you to buy anything, save that shite for some of the over the top adverts where they are. Ungrateful dumb bastards.
  • 2 1
 Well said
  • 16 8
 “100% domestically sourced”
Because sourcing aluminum from a huge open cast pit in your own back yard is somehow more admirable than from someone elses.
Unless its recycled coke cans of course.
  • 22 0
 Well actually it is, harder to be out of sight and out of mind when that open pit is in your backyard, In a country that has more regulations than an open pit mine in Africa. At least they are exploiting their own countries natural resources instead of fcking some third world country of its resources then burning fossil fuels to ship a raw block of aluminum to Taiwan to then be shipped again.... so yes domestically sourced is better typically
  • 3 1
 Some of the Chinese Aluminum is of questionable makeup. Ive seen it claimed as one alloy, but fall apart during testing where USA sources alloy did not. True story bro
  • 4 1
 Certified 7075T6 from a European source for a 40mm stem is around £8.00 complete (inc faceplact) - that's cut to correct size by the material supplier (£0.80) and at a low qty.

Realistic material cost for a 7075 stem is around £6-7.00 at production quantities.

To follow your point about domestic grades though it is important to an extent - it must be from reputable, certified sources with mill numbers etc, we have received a completely different grade of material in the past from a lesser supplier, not nice when parts are material critical, the above poster is also right, some material is dogshit.
  • 4 0
 @justanotherusername: even had "certified" material fail chemical analysis here. Sometimes cheap is expensive in the long run.
  • 2 0
 @atrokz: same here - we received 7075 certs and noticed the material machines with a different spindle load - hardness testing was well off ao it got returned - the whole batch from the mill was a completely different grade, not quite the same as being chemically inaccurate but the same problem.

Your issue might be quite hard to spot too if you didn't have test equipment (how did you spot it?) - imagine if the part ended up somewhere critical and broke because of botched or plain made up certs, worst case is someone ends up dead.

Stems are thankfully quite overbuilt in any regard so it's unlikely to really matter but a well optimised automotive, aero part is a different story.
  • 1 0
 @justanotherusername: AS9100 shop. Boss wanted to be cheap. Ordered material from China. Got it. Certs were illegible. Sent a pc to exova for testing and that said enough. He learned his lesson. I know we have had good stuff before but it's not worth the trouble if people aren't holding the same standards or legal requirements. Apparently it's gotten better (this was 2007) as more aerospace exists there for global use so maybe the mills smartened up or got in trouble.
  • 20 11
 oh c`mon...$140 USD
  • 8 0
 Lol I would trade this with new brakeset
  • 10 6
 You weren't around when Syncros and Kooka stems were a thing of desire, weren't you? Smile
  • 19 8
 @Maxipedia: no, is just an insult for me as a guy that work in metallurgy, even if this stem is made of fine titanium for medical use that geth price about 300USD for kilogram, this stem is still much above that price.
I know that here you are buying just a name but as i said above...
  • 12 6
 @bemix: for someone who works in "metallurgy" you should know a bit more about the cost of manufacturing low volume high mix production. It isnt just a chunk of 7 series (which isnt 'cheap' at any rate) - Also a metallurgical expert but also a mfg eng.
  • 7 3
 @bemix: just enjoy you know enough about metallurgy to not be duped into buying a 140 dollar stem
  • 3 5
 @mkotowski1: ofc mate, i have already bite my tongue for even try to explain something.
  • 9 5
 @bemix: dude you litterally said "fine titanium", summarised the price of a product by its raw material, and called yourself a metallirgist. I can't stop laughing.
  • 4 3
 @atrokz: I don't get your issue with the term fine Titanium... it's a thing. Fine Ti is .999 pure Titanium as opposed to the Ti alloys that blend in Aluminum and Vanadium (or Iron) which is basically all Ti bicycle components.
  • 12 2
 @gtrguy: you mean CP. Commercially pure. Nobody says fine. At any rate the issue is ragging on price using raw matl as supporting evidence. Did we forget to pay people. The cost of machines. Overhead. Consumables. Etc. Thats the issue. You cant say "matl is xx so product must be yy". Sure it could be overpriced but we dont know what their costs to produce are. Imo its silly to use a unrelated profession to determine the value.
  • 2 4
 @atrokz: Do I? Thanks for clarifying.
  • 4 2
 @gtrguy: you should! Haha. CP is what it's called in industry. We buy a lot of it and various beta/alpha ti grades to make product. Machining a bunch of it today when time allows!

Just irks me when people see value only in raw matl. I guess i should go easier as to a hammer everything is a nail.
  • 2 1
 I agree about people valuing things based on raw materials. In my industry (electronics) people will state "product X should cost $X since the components only cost 1/4 of that"... no thought for R&D, manufacturing costs, marketing, etc.
  • 1 1
 @gtrguy: big time!
  • 3 1
 For real. I’ve always been one to build things I want regardless of the time component. Since starting my business and expanding processes, I can now totally appreciate the design time, overhead, labor, for a product when it used to be, “I can build this product for 1/10th what they charge for that” and while I enjoy doing that, sometimes it makes more sense to just buy something. Would I want to make this stem for $120? No. Would I buy, maybe because I can appreciate the time and labor that went into it. @atrokz:
  • 2 0
 @Maxipedia: dont forget Ringle!!
  • 2 0
 @tellicostu: my bike back in the 90s was a huge POS but I scrounged and saved for a Zooka stem. Haha.
  • 2 2
 @gtrguy: how much r&d is there on a damn aluminum stem???
  • 3 0
 @utley06: how much is a Mori Dura Vertical 5100? Or a mx330? How much do you think programmers and operators get paid for being skilled at skilled labor? Shit adds up. Manufacturing isnt cheap. Esp in NA where skilled workers get paid properly for their abilities, education, and experience. That said, prob a few days to dial in a stem and FEA it and have a mfg plan.
  • 1 0
 @utley06: read my comment, I wasn't talking about this stem. I was simply comparing people's expectations of what something should cost based on raw materials versus the reality of what it costs to bring a product from idea through to manufacturing and to market. How much R&D for a stem? I have no idea, ask someone who does.
  • 2 3
 @atrokz: So you're saying in order to pay their "skilled labor", they overcharge their customers for a stem? 100.00 is still overpriced but tolerable, 140.00 is laughable and disrespectful. But hey, the BMW guy above likes to pull up to the trail in his douche bag car and i9 stem, so good on i9 for tapping into the cheese dick market.
  • 2 1
 @utley06: Disrespectful? Show us on the dolly where the price tag hurt you. I don't buy $140 stems either but it's awfully entitled of you for your feelings to be hurt by a price.
  • 1 2
 @DrPete: i love you Pete
  • 1 0
 @utley06: no thats not what Im saying. But it is a rich comment coming from someone who rides a SB4..... Your comment sounds a lot more douche than the average dentist at the trailhead.... Haha
  • 1 0
 Cue "witty" response that falls short:
  • 4 1
 More than what I’d usually pay for a stem, but it is beautiful and I’d totally ride it if I won it. I9 makes great stuff.
  • 4 3
 custom high strength M5 bolt? I'd rather have generic 8.8 grade M5 bolts knowing that if I happen to lose one of these I know I can just get a replacement anywhere and it is still as good as it is supposed to be.

As for the CNC machining and whether it is a three axis or five axis machine, why should I care as a rider? Forging will always give you the best grain structure, so you can't beat that. Sure if you want to produce domestically in low volumes CNC is probably your only option. But I never got why it was being used in sales speech.
  • 2 0
 "Forging will always give you the best grain structure, so you can't beat that."

That's what I've been saying. The Spank Spike and Chromag Hifi are both forged stems that look sweet, are cheaper, and should perform better (although I doubt anyone can actually notice the difference).
  • 1 0
 @rezrov: Yeah, I went with the Spank Spike simply because it was the best stem I could find. Sometimes you just can't beat the big companies simply because of the equipment they've got access too.
  • 1 0
 Forging is great but it still has to be machined as all forging processes arent very accurate and forged surfaces can have issues so its usually milled away. But yea great method to improve strength in certain materials.
  • 1 0
 @atrokz: Obviously there will always have to be some machining at the drills, threads and mating surfaces of cast, extruded and forged products. But unless the manufacturer had the chance to effectively utilize the parallel grain structure of the original billet (or the extruded profile), I think a fully cnc machined product is one of the worse solutions out there. Not saying it is going to make a bad product, just that I don't get how it is being used as a selling point. I doubt anyone is ever going to offer a fully cnc'd open ended spanner for more money than the drop forged variety. I think it is a silly thing that somehow made it it in mountainbike marketing and we need to get rid of that. Not of cnc'd products, not at all. Just the perception that it would somehow be superior.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: I just think you're missing the point in that "cnc" means a ton of things and most metal things that require any modicum of precision are "cnc" machined. Grain structure is usually noted if critical. I also know you're overestimating the advantages as many structural components for airframes/gear/etc aren't forged if it isnt needed. Not everything needs to be "drop forged". In fact, if HT is used then grain structure can be manipulated and there are many hsla materials like 300m, or various tool steels that don't really benefit from forging vs ht. Thats why we dont forge 15-5 pins for assembling landing gear. We htreat it correctly instead. Or 300m pins/links same thing. On f414 turbine we used a ton of inconel castings. Not forged. These components are under significant stressed but the material and process choice work. So again, its a good process in certain instances. Not all. But at the end of the day it has nothing to do w cnc. A high end wrench should have milled portions where it matters anyway. And a wrench is nothing compared to 787 gear. Much of which isnt forged and the forged bits are entirely cnc machined to increase strength (shape is a large factor in strength and a forged surface is holding stress).
  • 1 0
 @vinay: but I ageee entirely that its generally so common than nobody needs to use it as marketing material. Cnc. Ok, like everyone else manually mills theirs or uses a drill press? Whos still welding aluminum stems? Basically its like saying "car built w the help of robots". Cnc equipment is really the *only* way to make product efficiently and precisely these days and it encompasses various types of machines. From mills to lathes to edm to sintering etc. Cnc is control. Thats all.
  • 1 0
 @atrokz: You're more in the business than I am so I'm not going to argue with that. I was mostly going against the common marketing claim of "we machined it from a solid billet of aluminium so it is great". As is the case here. Machined on a five axis CNC machine, why should the customer care? Mating surfaces, drills and taps should be accurate so there is no other solution than to cut it to size, machine controlled or not.

Cool to hear you've got ways to manipulate the grain structure of a machined part. Other than shot peening which does so very superficially, I wasn't aware of that.

I do agree a forged part does hold residual stresses which generally is a disadvantage. Riveting for instance does introduces stresses in a sheet which actually limit crack growth (as the rivet compresses the sheet), but I'm not sure about residual stresses from forging.

Nice to discuss this stuff though indeed you're right that the loads on a stem or wrench are nowhere near what the aircraft components you're working on are subject to.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: totally agree that the machine type rather than results matter here. W regards to grain structure I was referring to matls and products that you would HT w changes to the structure (aus to mas for instance) but generally w aluminum thats already at t6 cond you cut it from your raw stock in the right orientation. Sp introduces compressive stress to the surface while removing tensile stresses which helps strengthen parts. A forged, then milled, deburred & blended then sp (plugging bores) would make the strongest alu stem. But nobody would pay. Haha.
  • 4 0
 TFW you're planning which friend to sell stuff to if you win.
  • 3 0
 When I don’t win this, I’ll consider buying one retail, because guys, the 6 M5 bolts are included.
  • 2 1
 Looks neat!

Won't enter to win because I don't want to feel pressured to buy new bars that will feel too stiff for me!

I'll leave 35mm bars to clydesdales until they kill 31.8 ;P
  • 12 10
 Nice stem, but I have enough stems and bars. So I'll pass on this one. Good luck folks.
  • 8 11
 Why was this down voted..? Must have a hater out
  • 6 2
 @Hammer48: upvotes for you my friend Big Grin
  • 2 1
 I don't understand the downvotes, either. It's pretty noble of people to skip the entry for prizes they don't need and leave them to others. The alternative is to win and throw it in the drawer or put it up for sale, either of which seems to go against the holiday spirit.
  • 1 0
 I'm not paying for one of these, but winning one to match my BC360s would be sweet!
  • 4 6
 Good lookin stem but that price is an insult to their customers. 140.00 for a 150 gram / 50mm stem compared to Race Face's Aeffect 40.00 stem at 150 grams as well.

I would feel like a complete dumb ass having this on my bike.
  • 9 3
 You’re the target market for the Hyundai commercials that say “more leg room than a BMW 3 series.” And there’s nothing wrong with that.

I’ve got an Aeffect. It works and it’s just not a good looking stem. I’d say virtually any stem just works, especially as they get shorter. Paying a little extra when you’re willing and able for a little bit of bling is almost as old as mountain biking.
  • 4 5
 @DrPete: The I9 stem doesn't even look good though. It's just hella pricey. If you want bling+function Deity, Hope, Chromag, etc. put out a much nicer stem.

And if you really want a performance stem it should be forged like the Spank Spike stem.
  • 3 0
 @rezrov: There’s just not that much measurable difference between any of them. I think the I9 looks good. Like I said I got an Aeffect to try a new stem length, but my two rides have a Deity Copperhead and a ANVL. Plenty of good options out there for anyone to take their budget and decide what to go with.
  • 2 1
 Need to compare with Raceface's Turbine R 35 stem, looks just as good, if not better and about the same price. Had one on my previous bike, and have another coming on my new bike. I don't mind paying a little extra to be staring at a beautiful cockpit set-up.
  • 3 2
 @DrPete: lmao, comparing stems to Hyundai/BMW

I ride a yeti 4.5 and hd3; both purchased new and high end components. However, there’s high end that makes sense and high end for dumb shits.. 140.00 aluminum stems are for the dumbshits.
  • 3 1
 @utley06: if all you care about is whether a stem is long enough, clamps well, and does its job, then yes, it is a Hyundai/BMW argument. Or pick some other manufacturer that says their car has as much horsepower as fancy brand X.

It’s also probably worth noting that 99.9% of the world would call you a dumb shit for what you’ve spent on bicycles, so making your stand over the absurdity of a $140 stem seems a little silly.
  • 1 0
 Don’t get me wrong, 99.9% of the world would call me a dumb shit for what I’ve spent on bikes too. But I think $140 stems are for people who have $140 and like it enough to want to spend it on a stem.
  • 3 0
 I am too vain to ride a $40 aeffect stem, because I have owned Thomson quality stems before - I need me some bling on at least one part of my bike.

Seriously, I can't buy a freaking $8000 carbon bike - let me buy a $140 stem and be happy!
  • 1 0
 @DrPete: ah, look at sold bikes list, I build up kick ass bikes and sell them as a profit to Dr's that don't know how to put on their 140.00 stems.
  • 1 0
 @islandforlife: my wife says I have a beautiful cockpit. Turbine stem is 40-60 dollars cheaper than an i9 stem.
  • 1 0
 @utley06: I build all of my own bikes, thanks.
  • 1 0
 $140, must be the cost of tooling! Cause they are so expensive and lets pass on the cost to the consumers!
  • 2 1
 I'll take A 40mm thanks Smile
  • 1 0
 Why can’t we see the winners since the 13th?
  • 28 0
 Because they're all cjwell
  • 13 0
 Maybe they misplaced the dice they use to see which member of staff wins next?
  • 2 0
 They don't disclose the winners till the winners claim the prize.... or it is cjwell again.
  • 2 1
 I'd love to try a 32mm one!
  • 2 0
 Can we swap for 31.8?
  • 1 1
 At retail, It's less than 1/2 the price of an Enve stem. It's a bargain. Plus this one is free and the color is correct.
  • 1 0
 I'll mail you my pinky toe if you pick me for the mojo!!!! Pleaaaaaaaaase.
  • 2 1
 must have
  • 2 1
 Hope I dont win this
  • 1 0
 but what will you do if you win it?
  • 1 0
 Hope it comes in purple!
  • 1 0

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