Suspension stems are one potential option to take some of the sting out of rough terrain. But what about those times you’d prefer something a little more… rigid? That seems to be what Cane Creek is offering with their new eeSilk suspension stem–suspension when you want it, stiffer when you don’t.

cane creek eesilk stems

A suspension stem is perhaps an expected move from a company that already offers multiple suspension seat post options, but the eeSilk Stem’s Compliance Switch may come as a surprise. The stems are built with an elastomer suspension design that offers up to 20mm of adjustable travel.

how to change out cane creek eesilk elastomerCane Creek eeSilk elastomer stiffness chart

Those elastomers were developed based on riding style rather than rider weight, and can be swapped out with a single bolt. Stock elastomer stiffness depends on the stem length, and each stem includes two additional elastomers.

Cane Creek eeSilk compliance switch

For those times you’d prefer less movement to the stem, there is a Compliance Switch that moves from soft to firm. This won’t be a fully rigid “lockout” but it should keep movement to a minimum for smooth pavement or times where you’d prefer a firmer feel. Claimed weight is 225-235g per stem.

Cane Creek eeSilk launch edition stem

Cane Creek eesilk stem launch edition titanium

The eeSilk Stem will be offered in black and in 80, 90, and 100mm lengths. There will also be a limited Launch Edition that looks like a perfect match for eeWings titanium cranks, but it will only be available in 90mm lengths. Both models are offered in +6º angles and for 31.8mm stems only, and are priced at $229.99. Stems are available now on backorder and are expected to ship late June.

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nick gill
nick gill
1 month ago

Just a modern take on the classic flex stem

j_k
j_k
29 days ago

agreed. a modern and somewhat more elegant stem for the short “travel” market. I think the ‘lockout’ is going to be a deterrent, though. while the rest of the design is sleek and elegant, this lever is not so much.

KGR
KGR
27 days ago
Reply to  j_k

Agreed, that lever ruins what could be a great idea. I wish I could see how the design meetings went that led to this.

I do have to wonder, is a lockout even necessary? I’ve used a Redshift stem on my rigid mountain bike for years and never noticed any unwanted movement. Maybe it’s different with drop bars when you’re out of the saddle.

Ed Llorca
Ed Llorca
27 days ago

Gravel bike buyers are now paying top dollar for 1980s technology. Forward into the past!

TimE
TimE
27 days ago

ROTfLMAO!!!
The bike industry has totally lost the plot. At least with all this nostalgia my kids will experience parts and biek I grew up with mountain bikingLOL