We like short stems. We always have. But how short is short?
When we started out, our 80mm stem recommended on the Inbred frame was incredibly short for the time. Now? Well - we think 35mm is pretty short. Infact, it's nearly as short as is possible with the bar in front of the steerer. You can go shorter (and some have) but you'll add some rise on there.
And so here it is... The El Guapo Corto stem. Corto means short, apparently, according to a Spanish speaker I know, unless he's winding me up.
Weighing 127g on our scales, 35.4mm stack height, 35mm reach. It's the perfect way to add a dose of RAD to the front of every bike, works especially well on 29ers to really give you a killer position to carve the front end on tough trails.
Clamp diameter: 31.8mm
Really nice looking, well made stem. Easily as stiff (if not stiffer) than the Thomson one it replaced, and just as good quality. I like the larger bolts too, much better than my old stem. I got the 45mm version and its just right, it really does make a difference compared to an 80mm stem especially when teamed up with the El Guapo Ancho bars!