Point One Racing Split Second Stem

written by: J.A. Caldwell

, Point One Racing Split Second Stem

History:

Point One Racing is fairly new to the mountain bike scene, but they’ve got a history in machining high end parts and a love for the gravity mountain biker that shows in their designs. Every Point One product is designed in their state of the art facility in California where they’ve made some fine products beside Hewlett-Packard, Lockheed Martin, and the United States Military. The founders have experience in quality control and it shows in their final product. They use some very expensive equipment in their machining facility with tools like a Kitamura 400 5-axis Supercell on hand to produce some amazing parts.

” Point One strives to bring their customers the best quality products on the market. How do we do this? Point One’s president/ Lead Engineer and Vice President both started out their careers as Quality Assurance Specialist in the manufacturing industry. Having that kind background is an invaluable asset when manufacturing such elite products. Point one has the best Quality Laboratory in the Bicycle industry. This is possible because Point Shares its quality facility with its manufacture which has been producing products for Lasers, missiles and radar equipment for over 50 years. Sharing facilities means Point One’s quality personnel are always on site during the manufacturing process ensuring only the best products. Pictures of our quality lab and techniques can be found on our manufactures website. BZMFG.com

Why quality is important? Quality is important because the bicycle market is flooded with low quality Taiwan made parts. Point One is offering an alternative to these low end parts by offering high quality American made products. Point one is going after the racing market where there is no substitute for quality products.”  Scott Orehek (VP)

Product:

, Point One Racing Split Second Stem

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The Split Second stem is based around a traditional stem design with several key innovative features that allow it to not only be lightweight but very strong. The Split Second is designed and produced in the USA which allows Point One Racing to monitor quality and control the entire manufacturing process. CNC machining, etching, plating, assembly, and inspection are all done under the watchful eye of Point One. Their precision and dedication show quite clearly in the finished products.

, Point One Racing Split Second Stem

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Point One Racing designed a very unique integrated top cap into the Split Second. By integrating the top cap into the stem itself Point One is able to shave off roughly 20g of excess weight compared to a traditional top cap assembly. That may not seem like much savings but every little bit helps. One issue with this, however, is that you’ll need to either cut your steerer tube so the stem sits flush on the crown or add spacers underneath the stem to preserve some length.

, Point One Racing Split Second Stem

integrated top cap detail (click to enlarge)

Installing the Split Second was an easy straight forward process. We had no issues tensioning the headset correctly. The stem and headset did not come loose or develop any play after several rounds of testing and racing.

, Point One Racing Split Second Stem

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, Point One Racing Split Second Stem

Split Second stem with Syncros Fixed Flat Top handlebar (click to enlarge)

The Split Second’s wide 55mm clamping stance offers increased torsional strength while allowing for more material to be removed from the stem in unnecessary areas. The wider clamp comes in particularly handy for those that that run wider bars which can benefit from having the bar secured further from the center for increased stiffness.

By using this design Point One is able to trim the weight down on the Split Second to a very lightweight 144g (with all mounting hardware installed). This is one of the lightest steerer tube mounted stems we’ve came across. It beats Thomson’s venerable X4 and Sunline’s V One of similar size and rise.

, Point One Racing Split Second Stem

inner clamp area detail (click to enlarge)

Point One Racing uses Tekbolt fasteners to secure the clamps and will have a titanium bolt option in the future.

, Point One Racing Split Second Stem

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While all this talk about lightweight and stiffness may seem like a bit of a contradiction in comparison to other parts you may have used, Point One Racing can back up these statements. They have tested their stems against many other top competitors in the market and have found they offer a very high, if not the highest, strength to weight ratios in the industry. During our testing we observed that the stem was as stiff as advertised with no hint of flex or loosening no matter what obstacles we were tackling.

, Point One Racing Split Second Stem

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The Split Second is offered in 25.4mm and 31.8mm clamping diameters both with a 50mm length. 70mm and 90mm length options will be available in the future.

, Point One Racing Split Second Stem

Split Second stem with Syncros Fixed Flat Top handlebar (click to enlarge)

The stem features a 0 degree rise with a 45mm stack height. For reference a Thomson X4 50mm 0 degree rise stem has a stack height of 40mm. The Split Second is available in black or with a limited edition nickel finish available later in the year. The finish on the Split Second is on par with the best in the business. All of the edges were very smooth and the anodizing was clean and complete on all surfaces.

, Point One Racing Split Second Stem

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Point One Racing is currently only making the Split Second for a 1 1/8″ steerer tube.

, Point One Racing Split Second Stem

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Weight:

Part Year Real(g) Pic.
Point One Racing Split Second Stem 2008 144 , Point One Racing Split Second Stem

Issues and Improvements:

The Split Second stem doesn’t need to improve very much to make it nearly perfect. I’d like to see the rear of the stem be a little more rounded. It isn’t a meat grinder for your knees but it has potential to be a little more rounded. Black hardware would also be a welcome option or change to make the stem look that much more clean.

, Point One Racing Split Second Stem

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, Point One Racing Split Second Stem

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While not a serious problem, some riders will take issue with having to cut their steerer tube more than they’re used to. With traditional stems you can run spacers on top and bottom of the stem to preserve some steerer tube length for resale purposes or future adjustments. With the Split Second you’re only able to run spacers underneath the stem.

We’d also like to see a 1.5 steerer option in the future as steerer tubes in this size will continue to become more available in the marketplace. Point One uses their own proprietary bolt for the integrated top cap. It is not interchangeable with other bolts on the market due to its tapered head. Make sure you don’t lose it or you’ll have to wait for Point One to send you a new one.

Price:

$119

Conclusion:

, Point One Racing Split Second Stem

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The Split Second stem from Point One Racing is proof that parts don’t have to only be either strong or lightweight. Parts can be both, given you take the time to thoughtfully design the part with innovative features and attention to detail. Point One was able to save weight by integrating the top cap assembly into their stem and removing excess material in strategic areas. The wide stance clamp design of the Split Second offers increased strength and stiffness all riders can benefit from. Made 100% in the USA, Point One Racing delivers a product that looks as good as it functions with the testing to back it up.

If you’d like to get a Split Second stem of your own visit Point One Racing on their website to purchase the stem or any of their other products.

[Point One Racing Split Second Stem Gallery] [Point One Racing Website]