18
Sep
2008

Preview: Straitline Components SSC Stem

9/18/2008 : sicklines
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Straitline has a few new products that are rolling out very soon. They’ve developed a new pinch stem (SSC – Split Steerer Clamp) that is a little bit cheaper than their wedge stem with a few different features. Read more inside.

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The details of the SSC (Split Steerer Clamp) stem are as follows

  • 1.125″ & 1.5″ (in ~1 month) steertube sizes
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  • 31.8mm handlebar clamp (optional 25.4mm reducers available)
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  • 0 degree rise
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  • 35mm and 50mm lengths
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  • 1.375″ (35mm) stack height
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  • 100% CNC machined in house from solid 6061T6 aluminum
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mmm speedholes (click to enlarge)

  • Made in Canada, Eh!
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  • Currently available in red, blue, black, pink, grey, bronze
  • Includes a Straitline top cap

The aesthetics of the stem are pretty unique and functionally it works as advertised. The stems are pretty light, and still retain all of the other typical Straitline Components. There aren’t many people making stems in 35mm but there certainly is a desire for it from many people.

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The stems have a pretty low stack height at 35mm, but if you’re running these stems on a dual crown fork you’ll need to add a few spacers underneath your stem so the stem doesn’t contact the crown. Straitline has you covered in this area too as they now offer their own spacers in various sizes.

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3, 6, 12, and 25mm Spacers (click to enlarge)

The Straitline stems are a bit unique and Straitline’s tightening is a bit different than the typical star type movement. The order of tightening is the top two, then bottom two. This is done for a few reasons (moto inspired) and it is a simple system that gives a nice clean flush look without the hassle of trying to make sure the top and bottom gaps are equal.

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notice the gap at the bottom (click to enlarge)

The top has some clean laser etching on top so you remember where your stem came from. (Straitline Components are made in Canada, just like tasty maple syrup).

The rest of the branding on the stem is pretty subtle and also done on a laser, see the video below to see.

Price:

$125 CAD (Canadian)

Weight:

Part Year Real(g) Pic.
Straitline Pinch Stem 35mm 31.8mm 1 1/8 2009 167 , Preview: Straitline Components SSC Stem
Straitline Pinch Stem 50mm 31.8mm 1 1/8 2009 186 , Preview: Straitline Components SSC Stem
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If you’re in the market for a new stem, the new Straitline Pinch stems might fit the bill. They’re beautiful pieces of machinery and offer some jewelery like looks, while still performing just as well.

, Preview: Straitline Components SSC Stem

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The pinch stems work great on single crowns and dual crowns but be warned you might have to add some spacers underneath if you’re running this stem on a dual crown. [Straitline Pinch Stem Gallery] [Straitline Components Website]


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