As if to prove there’s no pleasing everyone, last year people wanted a short stem, so they machined a 35mm version of it. Now, people wanted a longer stem, so Paul Components is delivering with their new 110mm Boxcar Stem. It gets a 7º angle, helping it sit nearly flat when installed as a negative rise, and it’ll come in black, silver, gold and polished.
Each one is machined from US-made 2024 alloy, which they say costs more (a lot more) than 6061, but lets them make a lighter, stronger stem. It’s also stiffer, claiming to be noticeably stiffer than most common competitors. Paul machines these things in house in Chico, CA, a process that lets them grind away any excess material to save weight but keep it where needed to remain strong. Each stem ships with T25 stainless steel bolts for the faceplate and retails for $149. Made for 31.8 diameter handlebars. Claimed weight is 203g. Available now.