How low can you go?
If you’re a fan of SlamThatStem.com, probably not low enough.
The brain child of Ian Schon, an engineering student, and Ryan Kelly of slamthatstem.com, the Slam That Stem headset bearing cover drops the top of your headset down to just 0.075″ (1.9mm) for that low, sporting look while saving a few grams, too.
” We had been talking about how to get that look,” said Schon. “We’d seen so many user submissions of top caps that had been grinded down or pros just running the stems directly on the bearings, which isn’t very good for longevity.
“We both race Cannondale CAAD 10’s and thought it would be fun to make something for ourselves and friends. It’s made for that bike and the SuperSix EVO and newer CAAD8 in particular, but it’ll fit any bike that has a 1.85” top cap.
“I know they’ll work on some Specialized and Cervelo bikes with a few of FSA’s micro shims underneath the dust cap. We’re working on making them for a few other models of bikes, too.”
It’ll also drop a few grams, even if you’re not trying to get as low as possible they could replace your standard headset cap if they fit.
Blanks are cut in Michigan, then they’re die stamped out of 6061-T4 aluminum in Boston, Massachusetts. They’re just $15 including shipping. Add $2 for international orders. Colors are black, red, blue and green and this early batch is laser etched with V.1 so everyone’ll know you’re an early slammer.
“We’re just a two-man operation trying to help people slam that stem,” said Schon.
More of the story behind it on Ian’s website.