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PAUL came to the show with several new additions to flesh out their line. The Boxcar stem, presumably named for its squarish body profile and industrial aesthetic, visually pairs well with the existing Tall and Handsome seatpost in the line for their Made in America cockpit. Also, on the heels of their new quick release skewer last year, Paul now has a matching cam-actuated, thru-axle option, the Set N’ Forget. More after the jump…

We caught a sneak peek of PAUL’s new Boxcar stem when we interviewed Paul Price back in June. Made in the PAUL facility in Chico, California, the stem features deliberate machine markings for a more technical aesthetic because, as Paul Price told us this summer, “the kids love that stuff.” Both stem body and four bolt face plate are machined from 2024 Aluminum to be light and stiff. The Boxcar is safe for carbon steerers.

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The Boxcar is available in silver and black, and in 50mm, 70mm, and 90mm lengths at 0 and 15 degree angles. You will be able to snag your very own Boxcar stem for $89.

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Also new from PAUL is the Set N’ Forget, a thru-axle quick release skewer. Designed so that the cam lever can be quickly adjusted to 12 discrete positions, the Set N’ Forget ensures your lever is situated and en pointe in a matter of seconds without the need for extra tools. Users need only to depress the head of the skewer and twist to set a new lever position. The front 15mm axles are available to support 100mm and 150mm lengths in M15x1.5 (SRAM’s standard). Rear 12 mm axles will be available in 142mm and 197mm lengths as either M12x1.5 or M12x1.0 threading. PAUL is claiming a weight of 80g for the 15mm x 100mm axle. All are available for $62 MSRP.

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Both Set N’ Forget axles and Box Car stems are projected to be available in January.

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ShartOutLoud
ShartOutLoud
6 years ago

I think Paul could release a CNC’d turd and I would still lust after it.

Alex K.
Alex K.
6 years ago

@Shart – true dat, because it would be anodized a lovely brown. Maybe drill a couple holes and call it a pen holder?

Dave
Dave
6 years ago

Torx?!?

Greg
Greg
6 years ago

Paul has finally machined a piece I don’t want.

bocho
bocho
6 years ago

the design of the boxcar stem makes it look incomplete. like it needs one more go-through on the ol’ CNC machine. is that what they call, it the CNC machine? whatever.

JBikes
JBikes
6 years ago

Maybe it’s just smudges, but it looks like oxidation or porosity on the faceplate. 2024 does oxidize readily, so hopefully they are all anodized.

Keris
Keris
6 years ago

If you don’t like the Paul stem, just get a Thomson, or Hope – They are all machined from aluminum. What is the point of Paul making one with similar finishes?

Derek
Derek
6 years ago

“the stem features deliberate machine markings for a more technical aesthetic because, as Paul Price told us this summer, “the kids love that stuff.”” Do they? It just screams super rough and quick passes with a ball end mill to me. The Absolute Black stuff is the same way. It seems really sloppy.

Volsung
Volsung
6 years ago

Paul, please polish the hell out of these. I need to blind my enemies.

bocho
bocho
6 years ago

@keris i totally dont like the paul stem. i’ll probably just get a thomson. maybe a hope. thanks for the insanely helpful advice.

pmurf
pmurf
6 years ago

@Derek I actually disagree with you on the Absolute Black stuff. Their tooling paths (whether intentionally tweaked or fully software driven) create mesmerizing and sophisticated shapes, IMHO. I don’t dislike the Boxcar stem, but I don’t think its machining serves the aesthetic to the same degree as the AB bits.

Awesome
Awesome
6 years ago

One day I would like a bike with a full Paul parts set. Just because it reminds me of when I was younger in the early 90’s and couldn’t afford that stuff (still can’t now, but am working on it). Paul is one of the few brands that have stayed around and are making stuff just the way they used to. On another bike I want a full Hope parts set.

crackedframe
crackedframe
6 years ago

Thompson. And ONLY Thompson.

Speshy
Speshy
6 years ago

You sound like the kind of person that eats peanut butter jelly sandwiches for lunch every day. Peanut butter and Jelly and ONLY peanut butter and jelly. Paul Rocks!

bocho
bocho
6 years ago

anybody else think its funny that the thomson fanboy’s username has the word CRACKED in it?

Kris
Kris
6 years ago

I do. Should change his name to crackedfaceplate!

Kernel Flickitov
Kernel Flickitov
6 years ago

And the Thomson cheerleader doesn’t even know how to spell the team name, go figure. Yes, cracked X4, never again. You can Keep your Thomson.

Fred
Fred
6 years ago

Can someone please make a 22.2 quill stem option with 26 and 25.4 clamp dia’s? Some of us retro-grouches want quality USA made stems!

pilf
pilf
6 years ago

I’ll never understand the excitement for this stuff. A CNC’ed part will always be less strong than a decently cold forged one. Your bike shop has buckets full of stems which are lighter, stronger, and cheaper than this.

Rootbeer Huck Gnar
Rootbeer Huck Gnar
3 years ago
Reply to  pilf

Honestly forging makes no difference in stem strength in practical terms. The billet already has a favorable grain direction for this. Cheaper, definitely, but this is so much cooler.

Tim
Tim
6 years ago

@pilf- Forsooth.

Ol' Shel'
Ol' Shel'
6 years ago

On the other hand, if you buy a Paul component and keep it in a box for 25 years, it’s a nice investment.

Just ask my NOS Paul Rasta derailleur.