Emory Rempel built his first stem because he wanted to try a shorter stem on his bike, and, well, he also didn't want to just buy one. Two years and "a crazy amount" of money later, he has his stem. Also, the one-off project has grown into a fledgling handmade Canadian parts company, Farside Components.
Emory works at Islander Precision Fishing Reels, a branch of the Canadian machining company JS Foster, and at the time, the shop had just started using a new design software. Emory figured he could dial in his machining and programming skills faster by learning the software at home after work, so he started drawing all manner of bike parts - frames, suspension linkage, bike racks, and more - but he needed a real-life project to see his drawings through to the end. Creating his own stem gave him the perfect project.
His first few stem prototypes starting receiving attention on Instagram, he said, which is how he met his now business partner, Grant Lestock-Kay.
Grant, for his part, had his own visions for what he wanted to see in bike products, and he also had been toying with the idea of making something himself. A bike shop owner in Duncan, BC, he believes that the reason for his shop's success is his endless fascination with bikes and the fact that biking is not just a hobby or a part of his job, but an essential part of who he is. He recognizes that Emory relates to machining in the same way. When he stumbled upon Emory's stem on Instagram, he wrote
, he was immediately enamored and was delighted to learn that Emory was based just an hour away in Victoria, BC. Partnering up was like throwing fuel on a fire, Emory said. It's clear that both Emory and Grant trust and respect each other immensely, and they both seem to feed off the other's belief in what they can create together.
|The self doubt starts to fade away and it becomes more encouraging every time we meet. Ideas start to come out of nowhere, it becomes apparent that we are the right type of people doing this for the right reasons. There are a good number of hurdles that come your way when you set out to start something like this. Having someone right there with you for the highs and lows is priceless. It's like when you're out for a long ride, and you're absolutely bagged. But you're able to push on when you look over and see everyone there with you.—Emory Rempel|
Grant first reached out because he had a stem idea of his own and wanted to connect with someone like-minded, but the pair talked for hours about "bikes, manufacturing, companies, goals, everything." It was obvious, Emory said, that they should be working together, not developing competing products, especially since their skillsets - Emory as a machinist and Grant as a bike shop owner - were so complementary. The first order of business was to finish Emory's stem and bring it to market.
The Cyclic stem is named for the steering control in a helicopter, a nod to Emory's past stint as a helicopter pilot. It's bold and rugged, available in just the 45mm length and 35mm clamp. With titanium bolts, it weighs in at 167g without cutting any corners. The goal in creating the Cyclic stem was to create the best stem they could without trying to fit into a budget, look a preconceived way, or otherwise make compromises. The result, Grant wrote, was something that makes the duo proud.
One of the pair's biggest gripes about some products on the market is inconsistency. Measurements on products from even quite reputable brands can be imprecise, Grant wrote, and since Emory works with tolerances "within a fraction of a human hair" in his day job, the first way Farside Components plans to improve on the current market is in attention to detail and extreme precision. "Unfortunately, I have seen properly torqued stems from reputable brands slip far too easy," Grant wrote. "In our opinion, one slipped stem is one too many. Tight consistent tolerances are critical."
Now that Farside has achieved the product they wanted to first introduce, they're moving forward to other dreams. Up next, Emory and Grant plan to put Grant's stem concept into action. We don't know many details, but Emory said the new stem will be designed to be made in larger quantities, even though he said it will actually be quite a niche product. There's also a Farside chainring design in the prototyping stage. Although again, we don't have details, Emory said the chainring is designed to solve a problem that has emerged in recent years.
Lastly, Emory has been working on a crankset design that he's excited to bring into the physical world, and he said it's probably what he's most excited about right now. Since the machining shop where he works is set up with a lot of CNC lathe capacity, it's an ideal setup to eventually make hubs, Emory said, but he doesn't want to get too far ahead of himself. "Right now it's really easy to get distracted and chase the next shiny object," he said. "So we are being disciplined and trying to focus on one of two things and just move them forwards incrementally. We work at this after hours so focus is critical." That said, Farside does have a collaboration planned with a local bike company for a project in the near(ish) future, so it's worth keeping tabs.
Emory wants to be sure to acknowledge the help he has received from JS Foster and Islander Precision Fishing Reels. The fishing reel company began at JS Foster much like Farside is now, and much like so many other bike parts companies that have grown into something great simply thanks to a bit of help from the right people at the right time. We can't wait to see what Farside becomes in the coming years.
The Cyclic sells for $229 CAD and is available in-store at Cowichan Cycles, Beaufort Cycles, Marty's Mountain Cycle, and Fuca Cycles and at farsidecomponents.com
The $229 CAD price includes the decal and for a limited time a free Tacoma back window for those that don't actually drive a Tacoma.
I'm the kind of guy that just knows that stem characteristics between companies will drastically change how my bike rides, and I want to know which stem is best for me.....
Is it the 40mm CNC'd stem, or the 40mm CNC'd stem...... or the OTHER 40mm CNC'd stem???????
Get the Dub stem. 39.99mm.
I don’t think that’s the case at all, unless you go from one extreme to the other, say super heavy to super light.
What you wrote is so close to the wierd shit people write in all seriousness on here my sarcasm meter seems to be completely broken.
And the best far side comic:
Cavemen looking at a mammoth with a single arrow in its side
"Maybe we should write that spot down"
That thing looks sweet. And as a person who seems to crank the bars out of whack just by dismounting I like the stress put on getting the size correct so it all stays tight. Plus made in NA by people who arent being exploited by their government.
Why do they all bother?
I genuinely don’t understand this way of thinking - so if you think you can make something unique, desirable or better than existing products you shouldn’t because others exist?
Stem is probably the last thing to upgrade or that can be broken on the bike
Thinking of it, one thing they could do is make it modular. For instance different faceplates. With a light, with a mount for different cycling computers (or e-bike monitors), with a quickmount for certain bikepacking bags... lots of different stuff people have up there. So yeah, that's where CNC could come interesting. Having these options without creating a huge amount of stock.
Do we see many stems fail anymore, I don’t, and I don’t care to buy forged stems, I buy what I like the look of that is in a decent weight range.
exuberant means excited and enthusiastic
Why did you feel the need to involve your opinion? Your opinion has no bearing on what words mean. Stop thinking like a child.
Maybe the claim why forging (usually) gives a superior product needs some clarification. And this is a tough lecture if I can't use any visual material but I'll give it a shot. (Solid) metals have a grain structure. If you cast a product, these grains are more or less even in all directions. So if they cast a solid block, you have that too. But no one needs a billet like that so it is being rolled into a flatter billet. And by doing that, these grains are being compressed. The become flatter. And the closer to the surface, the more these grains are being compressed. The grains deeper in the billet become flatter too but nowhere near as flat as those close to the surface. Of course if the metal is being rolled down to sheet material or thin wire this difference can be neglected. So much about the grain structure for now. If we look at metal fatigue (which you always have in case of aluminium) there are three phases. First phase is initiation. The crack starts at a weak point in a grain. For instance because of a scratch. Once the crack has reached the edge of that grain, it is easier to grow between the grains than to enter another grain. This is called the crack propagation phase. This can continue until the crack is so deep that there just is too little material left to transfer the applied load (so basically the cross section got so small that the stress reaches the ultimate stress of the material) and the product breaks. This last phase is being called the termination phase. Now, if you have a forged (rolled, extruded etc) product hence the grains at the surface are flat, the cracks in the propagation phase still grow between these grains but this implies that the crack grows mostly parallel to the surface. So the crack may never grow so deep that you even reach the termination phase (hence product failure). A typical example is a wheel hub. If you have a Shimano hub (so rolled/forged) the grains are parallel to the surface so a scratch at the surface of the hub shell won't affect the hub too much. If the hub shell has been machined from a thick round billet (so with an axial grain direction), these grains will be perpendicular to the flanges. A scratch in such a flange could lead to a crack that goes straight through that flange. Now don't worry too much about Hope hubs. They don't machine their hubs from round billets, but from forged (I think) billets that already have these flanges in place. And yes, there will still be a lot of machining going on as Hope is Hope. But even Shimano will have to do some machining for the bearings, brake rotor mount and, in case of the fancier models, some material removal to make the higher end models a bit lighter.
So yeah, forged bike parts still see a bit of machining. I actually don't think there is a single forged bike part that hasn't seen a little bit of material removal as everything has at least some interface with something else.
TL;DR: No one told you you have to.
Why did you feel the need to be pedantic, especially with what is probably an auto correct error?
Stop thinking like a pedantic.
The Croatian flag next to the guy's name suggests his first language isn't English. I helped him differentiate two words so that he avoids that mistake when it matters. Again, that's called HELPING, not correcting.
Your assumptions are projections of your own biases.
Go get help.
Aluminium gives up heat very well and you often find a part that has been just heavily machined is completely cold to touch.
Your explanation was good though and I didn’t think you made too much of a big deal about the coolant aspect.
But yeah indeed, this is a huge focus on a small part of the discussion. My point just was that (near room temperature) material removal like machining is the way to make accurate dimensions hence it is a common process to finish forged or cast products.
Accuracy is unaffected if the part gets hot while being cut as you presumably measure it when it’s at room temperature - so long as you don’t alter your cutting strategy part size should be constant.
0.01mm isn’t really a tight tolerance, modern machinery will hit that in terms of concentricity for hours on end after the machine is thermally stable (not the raw material, the machine) - ours certainly do.
Anyway, we all use coolant to cut aluminium, it’s just not really to keep stuff cold, it’s to keep stuff from breaking….
You seem to be conflating a correction of definition with some kind of personal expression of superiority. That's your bias, in your head, and not healthy.
Vinay says he found it useful; go ask msusic if he was offended, or if he found that useful.
I've actually never broke a stem, or had a stem where I thought "wow I need a better stem" and felt the need to upgrade it, but fair play and good luck to them.
Totally. It even uses the same carve smart soft jaws as the OVDS20 we use haha
@DizzyNinja: you've got the right question, but I still can't resist: Buttcountry
But, The Orange Vises you see in a picture.............. Look them up, Boys and Girls. Their Bench Vise is just so very desirable (and for what it is, it's a bit of a bargain) , but, by the time I'd option it up, I'd be in for a few K. All my venerable old Record Vises will have to do. Even if / when I stump up for the Orange Bench Vise, I might be too scared to mar it.
The faceplate of this stem and the price is also a joke…
Colours are nice…
Grant did a pretty thorough write up on it here
By the way, JS Foster has done some good work for the company I work for in the past. Good folks!
Aluminium doesnt need to be heat treated post-machining and pretty much everyone uses aluminium in the T6 temper, so thats 6061 T6 and 7075 T6.
You need to go back to basics.
So your so smart please tell the the different metals in 6061 , 6069 , 7075 and what t6 heat treatment is compared to t8
Oh I want the tensile strength of each alloyed aluminum in relationship to the heat treating number.
Exactly what other metals are in 6061 verses 7075?
Bottom line your rude and you think your smart . Maybe you are .shame you can't be polite.
Background from me: Beng Mechanical engineering, dissertation on crack propagation in aluminium caused by hard anodising, currently part own a machine shop that recycles about a tonne of 6082 and 7075 a month…… bro.
Made my own fly reels on my own lathe . Obviously I used 6061 t6 as its less not completely but less corrosive in a salt water environment. My stem is near net forged 7075 Al which is about as strong as you can get for Aluminum . I'm guessing as I'm not an engineer.
Yes all these facts can be obtained on Google.
Was not aware that hard anodizing could cause dissertation on crack propagation. Wouldnt you x Ray first to look for flaws in material before hard anodizing? I'm guessing the answer is about 200 words long .
Thus my short wording that people can hopefully comprehend.
2014 is where it's at for stems.
it's what Hope uses for their stems.
I’ll be ordering one for my s works
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