Sixpack Racing Launches 'Freeride-Oriented' Millenium Stem

May 6, 2020 at 23:24
by SIXPACK Racing  
SIXPACK Racing MILLENIUM Stem

PRESS RELEASE: Sixpack Racing

Our all-new Millenium stem rounds up the downhill and freeride-oriented Millenium series of our product portfolio. Developed together with the Sixpack athletes, the stem stands out with its CNC-finish and race-oriented design. Its freeride-proven stiffness offers precise control for race-winning performance on the most challenging trails of this world and just plain all-out fun whilst ripping lines.

The CNC-machined stem is made from 6061-T6 aluminum, comes in two lengths – 35mm and 45mm – and with a freeride-friendly rise of 0°. The stem provides a 230° increased handlebar clamping surface which ensures maximum stability and security whilst the clamp diameter of 31.8mm and 35mm makes it compatible with all common aluminum and carbon handlebars. Thanks to the smart construction with milled grooves the Millenium stem weighs in at 128g (in the 35mm-long version with a clamp diameter of 35mm), making it one of the lightest gravity-oriented stems on the market. The new Millenium stem is now available for $109.50/€109,50 in select bike shops and online at Sixpack-racing.com. Next to this new version, Sixpack also offers a Direct Mount version of the Millenium stem for dual-crown bikes.

The new stem perfectly blends intoour Millenium series thanks to its black anodized body and progressive racing grey anodized one-piece headplate and stands out as an eyecatcher on any setup. A sweet extra is Sixpack´s love for details which is reflected in the laser-etched logos and subtle information on the stem, making cockpit installation foolproof and allowing every rider to find his or her individual setup.

SIXPACK Racing MILLENIUM Stem
SIXPACK Racing MILLENIUM Stem

SIXPACK Racing MILLENIUM Stem
SIXPACK Racing MILLENIUM Stem

bigquotesProduct performance means flawless quality and functionality combined with an appealing design. Uncompromising product performance with style means fun on the trails and success between the tapes. World cup athlete or riders like you and me – everybody chooses components which please the eye. If the product design meets the personal requirements for quality and functionality on top, it creates the perfect set-up and you can concentrate on the flow we are all striving to find on the trails. Markus Zander, CEO of Sixpack Racing

Sixpack tests its components in conjunction with EFBE-Prüftechnik. This means, that the components are tested on the most modern machines and in accordance with the latest and toughest standards of the industry. The products are divided into 5 product categories with the Millenium stem excelling in category 5 or “Parts for extreme riding”. This category is the highest class a bicycle component can reach and translates to intended applications that include Downhill trails, bike parks, jumps and drops higher than 122cm (48“) – normal bike or E-bike.

SIXPACK Racing MILLENIUM Stem
SIXPACK Racing MILLENIUM Stem

Cooperations with international athletes of different mountain bike disciplines like Slopestyle-Superstar Emil Johansson (SWE), World Cup rider Phil Atwill (GBR), trials-ace and downhill-racer Gabriel Wibmer (AUT) and Italian gravity talent Carola Favoino, an engagement as the main sponsor of the Propain Factory Racing Team in the Mercedes Benz UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup and products, we can be proud of – that’s how Sixpack is approaching the 2020 season. The current Sixpack product portfolio is comprised of mountain bike components “Engineered in Germany” ranging from Enduro and Downhill to Freeride. With the new Millenium stem, Sixpack has established a strong benchmark on the international mountain bike component market.

Sixpack components are available in select bike shops and online at Sixpack-racing.com.

Further information on Sixpack Racing can be found on Sixpack-racing.com, instagram.com/Sixpackracing and facebook.com/Sixpackracing.


55 Comments

  • 57 1
 Renthal start rebranding?
  • 12 0
 Hahaha "Renthal says hello" was my exact first thought Big Grin
  • 6 0
 Six Pack Apex
  • 8 0
 Was about to comment "Renthal Called... They want their stem back"
  • 5 0
 @Allen82: Funny, came here to post a similar comment.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?

Go Renthal!
  • 1 0
 they are both from the UK. So I wouldn't be surprised if a former employee has his designs turned down and he up and gone start his own company.
  • 2 0
 @Happypanda1337: 6 Pack is German I think? It's not British
  • 1 0
 @IllestT: I thought it was Spanish
  • 1 1
 Other than being very different yes, they are like renthal.
  • 1 0
 @IllestT: Hahaha, "Germans Replicating the British". Who wants to write that novel?
  • 2 0
 LOL!!!
  • 1 0
 @IllestT: close enough. The guy took that underground bridge you guys have to get to mainland EU.
  • 11 0
 Can someone enlighten me on why 0° is "freeride friendly"?
  • 5 0
 Because its ethically sourced single origin 0°

...obviously
  • 2 0
 Great question!

I was going to assume it's all about looks, since with 0 degrees on a 27.5 gravity bike you might want a higher rise, and high riser bars are kind of a freeride look.

But, with the one-piece wrap-around face place, it'll probably be a huge pain getting it onto anything more than like a 15mm rise bar without scratching the crap out of it.

So... it's just marketing bullshit (I was going to say "marketing wank" to be a bit nicer, but this one is really just pure bullshit)
  • 8 1
 Looks a bit sharp n square edged in the back where you might contact it during a "get off". Seems like crashing is something to be considered when designing a part for "Free Riding"? Along with strength...
  • 9 0
 The amount of innovation happening in stems right now truly makes this the golden age of stems
  • 11 0
 It's like the embarrassment of choices we have for bottled water. I can get the perfect water and stem for my lifestyle and ethos.
  • 10 0
 Looks like a Renthal...
  • 4 0
 Thought that instantly ????
  • 3 0
 Smells like a Renthal also?????
  • 1 0
 But more expensive than Renthal.
  • 8 0
 What's a race oriented design?
  • 3 0
 it's a more expensive design because you need to buy speed in this game.
  • 7 2
 Renthal patent expired? Smile
  • 3 0
 The names "freeride" and "millenium" pair nicely with all the other "remember this?" articles we're being treated to recently.
  • 1 0
 "Thanks to the smart construction with milled grooves the Millenium stem weighs in at 128g (in the 35mm-long version with a clamp diameter of 35mm), making it one of the lightest gravity-oriented stems on the market."

Smarter construction would have been to separate the face plate, maybe shave the 16 grams needed to match the shortest Renthal Apex35.

Props for the no-gap clamp though, definitely a good idea to borrow.
  • 1 0
 Hopefully they used those extra 16 grams to make it actually grip the steerer tube.
  • 1 1
 I like the broader width and single faceplate design compared to the Apex. Just wish they will come out with longer lengths like a 50. Some companies tout a chamfered edge to reduce a harsh stress point but I haven't heard of many incidents where Renthal bars have snapped at the stem and bar interface- but would love to know. Enough pros are riding them so you figure you'd hear something...
  • 5 2
 Good luck sliding that one piece wrap-around faceplate past any egressive bends without scuffing the crap out of your bars. There is a reason the Renthal Apex wrap-around design is 2 pieces.
  • 4 2
 @ninjatarian: Why would you need to slide your bars thru a stem that has a removable faceplate?
  • 3 0
 @h82crash: Because it’s a wrap around design like a C, so you have to put it on the skinny part of the bar, and then slide it past the bends to the fat part of the bar.

Sixpack has had the instruction manual out for this stem for a while; just Google “Renthal Apex Installation”.
  • 2 0
 @ninjatarian: wow! You're so right. I own the renthal and there's no way you could do them together from the same side. Completely impossible.
  • 1 0
 @Warburrito: we don’t know if the tolerances are more generous on the Sixpack plate- there are certainly plenty if stems with 1 pc plates that don’t have this design, so real world experience will tell
  • 1 0
 @ninjatarian: Ah right, the faceplate covers more than 180 degrees of the bar diameter.
  • 1 0
 @Staktup There are reasons Renthal did two clamps. The single piece faceplace is heavier, and is going to be harder to get a decent riser bar into the wrap-around-ness of the face plate, and linking them means the torque of the bolts on one side _will_ affect the bolts on the other side. Renthal's design is technically and mechanically better, and easier to use at the same time.
  • 1 0
 @just6979: You may be 100% correct on all accounts. However, I think that with some carbon paste and properly torqued bolts, the longevity of the handlebar, performance of the stem, and overall feel and comfort of this stem will have to be matched up with the Apex for us to really know if what you say matters.
  • 3 1
 As many have already mentioned, 95% Renthal copy. Come on @Sixpackracing we all know there are only so many ways for a stem to look, but his seems a bit BS and lazy.
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  • 4 0
 They certainly kept Renthals made in Europe price tag, but something tells me “engineered in Germany” is where the European ends for this stem.
  • 1 0
 The Design is completely different than the apex , i have both of the main renthal stems atm. And this aint like the apex this has an extra parallel connection between each clamp.
  • 3 1
 These are the only things I look for in my stem: a) same bolts for both steerer and bar clamp, b) color options
  • 3 0
 "progressive racing grey"
  • 2 0
 sixpack racing!! I don't mind a few beers for practice but not a sixpack before a race.
  • 3 1
 My first reaction exactly
  • 1 0
 They've gone for "freeride friendly" instead of E-bike specific, that will cots them millions, millions I tell ya!
  • 1 0
 Do we really need another stem company?
  • 6 0
 Sixpack aren't new and they make a lot of components besides just stems.
  • 1 0
 what about the new chromag stem??
  • 1 0
 Great....hopedully its half the price of renthal to.....
  • 1 2
 Renthals cost because they're awesome and strong and tested and made well. Do you really want to skimp on a stem for gravity riding?

Oh, sorry, maybe you already did, and that's why your spelling/typing is crap? My apologies.
  • 2 0
 @just6979: If you are going to be a douche about spelling/typing then how about you switch out that first "and" out for a ",". No need to apologise!
  • 1 0
 @just6979: i have a full renthal cockpit and i deffinetly cant complain but ive never seen or heard of a broken stem

Why dont you save your spelling comments for somewere else because nobody cares
  • 1 0
 But it isn’t renthal and for that reason it’s just a runner up
  • 1 0
 Why not , new parts new price)
  • 1 0
 Freeride stem not forged? Hard pass.

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