Pro PLT stem  £49.99

7/10

Light and versatile stem, not cheap though for Alu

Weight 125g   Contact  www.madison.co.uk

by Jon Burrage   September 23, 2009  

Pro PLT stem

Pro are doing an excellent job of supplying top quality, attractive components to bicycle lovers everywhere and with the PLT stem they have continued in the same vein. It's a very good looking and lightweight stem from Shimano’s component arm but for an alloy offering this isn’t cheap.

A lightweight alloy stem (125g for 110mm length) suitable for 1 1/8 inch steerer tubes, the PLT is supplied with an additional shim to take that down to 1” should you need it. Pro retail this stem at £49.99 and for that you get a stem with an interesting faceplate, instead of being a one piece unit this has two clamps that wrap vertically around the bars and are screwed into place top and bottom. Fiddly? Yes. Weight saving? Yes. Necessary? I’m unsure.

A stem is there to do a job, I don’t really buy into the ‘everything must be carbon’ culture because for what a stem does, alloy does that very well. Carbon doesn’t tend to handle the various stresses put through it as well as an alloy design does and the weight differences are mostly non-existent. Look at this stem: its very light at just 10g more (and over £70 less) than the Carbon fibre version you really can’t complain.

When being ridden there were no signs of flex or stress and no telltale clicking sounds of stems that don’t like what they’re going through. The gentle rise on this added to the comfort too but with the flexibility of it being reversible this could certainly appeal to speed seekers and those looking to get as low as possible.

Verdict

A very usable stem, for £50 an alloy stem should be good and the PLT is. Nothing exceptional but a solid performer with classy looks that should see it able to grace any bike (mountain bikes included, say Pro)

road.cc test report

Make and model: Pro PLT stem

Size tested: 31.8/110mm

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Did you enjoy using the product? A reliable, if not exciting stem

Would you consider buying the product? It would be up there, I wouldnt automatically buy it over others but it would be in for consideration

Would you recommend the product to a friend? I would tell them the same, its a good stem but nothing spectacular.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 24  Height: 5ft 10  Weight: 66kg

I usually ride: felt ar4  My best bike is: i like my felt and my orbea ora tt bike equally

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, mtb, triathlon

 

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Got mine for £19.00 and in ice grey too .... Smile
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still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

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23rd September 2009 - 22:33

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