PNW gave their Range trail & enduro stem a quiet redesign earlier this year, moving to a stiffer setup and sizes better optimized for more modern mountain bikes. What didn’t change was their standard “Go Go Gadget” accessory mount that makes for a perfect setup to mount a GoPro, or in this Changing Seasons time of year with days getting shorter… a perfectly centered headlight to light up the trail for night riding. And most importantly, the updated Range stems are in stock now.
Oh, and Changing Seasons… that’s the perfect break to get you over hump day, a healthy dose of the riding scenery in PNW’s backyard!
PNW Range short all-mountain bike stem w/ integrated GoPro mount
Much like their longer Coast dropbar stems, this updated PNW Range mountain bike is pretty much a no-nonsense forged & machined alloy stem at a reasonable price. But with a simple machined channel in their faceplates, all of PNW’s stems come with a small removable & adjustable composite GoPro-style mount that you can use to attach an action cam, headlight, or a number of other compatible accessories.
In itself, it’s the same mount the original Range has been offering for three years. But as we’re fighting earlier sunsets for trail rides these days, as PNW puts it, the Range is “an excellent addition to help light the trail when your winter afternoon rides run into dusk”.
What’s new in 2020?
The updated PNW Range MTB stem looks visually a bit lighter that the original with more machined cutouts. But it’s actually a tad heavier, instead opting for 8mm wider bolt spacing on the 4-bolt removable faceplate to boost stiffness. It also comes in 5mm longer lengths, as PNW moves away from focusing it on ‘enduro’, instead optimizing lengths for a broader modern trail bike audience.
The 31.8mm stem now comes in 40mm (174g) or 50mm (210g) lengths, with 0° rise for a standard 1 1/8″ upper steerer.
PNW Range trail bike stem – Pricing & availability
The updated Range stem sells for $64 direct from PNW Components, including the detachable faceplate accessory mount. After limited availability earlier in the year, the new Range is back in stock, still in limited quantities but ready to light up your winter trail riding.
Changing Seasons & more shredits with Mark Matthews
OK, so as a reward for making it this far into a post about an updated PNW Range stem, let’s dive off-road for some mid-week motivation. I’m also just a suckers for a fun shredit, and Marin & PNW-rider Mark Matthews shredding Pacific North West autumn trails in Changing Seasons is exactly what I need to start thinking about strapping on lights and going for a night ride. PNW has a blog post up about Mark’s Isolation series, including a nice behind the scenes look at his video series.
Plus, Mark just added this new video Sending It on wet winter trails in BC just an hour ago.