Genetic Hyoid quill stem  £29.99

6/10

Good quality quill stem for a restoration or retro replacement, but no cheaper than an equivalent from a better known name

Weight 292g   Contact  www.ison-distribution.com

by Dave Atkinson   June 17, 2011  

Genetic Hyoid stem

If you've got a restoration project on the go, you can pay plenty of money for an original quill stem. That's fine if you're after something special, but even very ordinary ones can set you back a fair wedge. You can still buy a new one though, like this Genetic Hyoid, which is a perfectly serviceable, classically proportioned quill stem. It's not cheap at nearly thirty quid though, and there are other, bigger names still in the market.

The Hyoid comes in a 15 drop (why would you want anything else?) and two lengths, 80mm and 100mm. It's polished aluminium with a single-bolt clamp, and enough length in the insert to allow a bit of up and down adjustment. It takes a standard 26.0mm bar (of course), and once everything's tightened up it discharges its duties admirably, with a bit of style. It's not as stiff as an oversized Ahead stem but that's really not the point. It's stiff enough: I've been riding fixed and hauling myself up the hills around Bath and the stem has performed just fine.

The only sticking point is the price, really. At £29.99 it's no cheaper than a basic, new quill stem from Cinelli or 3T, both of which are still readily available. If you're in the market for a replacement or something that looks right for your retro build then you'll probably gravitate towards those names.

Verdict

Good quality quill stem for a restoration or retro replacement, but no cheaper than an equivalent from a better known name

road.cc test report

Make and model: Genetic Hyoid quill stem

Size tested: 26.0 x 100mm

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Hyoid Alloy Road

Classic Road Quill stem.

-15 Degree.

Forged Alloy.

1-Bolt 26.0mm bar clamp.

Polished

80 or 100mm Extensions.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
7/10

Nowt wrong with it, the bolts have stayed rust-free

Rate the product for performance:
7/10

No problems. Not as stiff as some but stiff enough

Rate the product for durability:
9/10

Should last for years

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
7/10

292g is about par for the course

Rate the product for value:
5/10

Expensive if you consider you're not paying for the name

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Fine

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Classic looks

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The price

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? I'd probably go for a Cinelli

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Ditto

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 190cm  Weight: 98kg

I usually ride: whatever I'm testing...  My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with SRAM Apex

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

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