Garmin-Barracuda use 3T's computer-integrated stem
Integra stem with Garmin computer gets airing at the Giro d'Italia
Team Garmin-Barracuda will use the 3T Integra stem – which has been redesigned in collaboration with Garmin – for the first time at the start of the Giro d’Italia this weekend. The stem comes with an integrated Garmin Edge computer mount for improved aerodynamics, security and a slick appearance.
We briefly showed you the stem at Eurobike last August when it was fitted with a CycleOps Powertap display (below). We must say, that incarnation looked a whole lot more integrated than the Garmin version.
The stem is all-carbon which is interesting in itself; alloy stems are the default choice in the pro peloton. The handlebar clamp bolts are covered by a shroud in the nose of the stem. If you want to fit a Garmin Edge, you just remove the shroud and stick a computer mount in its place.
3T reckon the Integra holds the computer screen at the perfect angle and that it improves airflow around the stem.
Edge computers are ANT+ compatible so as well as all the usual speed, distance and heart rate measurements, they can display power output transmitted from a device that uses that wireless sensor network.
Garmin-Barracuda rider Christian Vande Velde will certainly be using the new stem on his Cervélo road bike – but not his TT bike – in the Giro and other team members, including Thomas Dekker, are likely to follow suit.
The Integra stem will be available in 100, 110 and 120mm lengths with a 10° angle, the 110mm version weighing 178g. It will be available at £259.99 from late June. You can pre-order now through 3T dealers. For more details go to the i-ride website.