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The Easton EA70 stem offers a good level of stiffness while maintaining a relatively low weight. It also offers considerable bang for your buck compared with many of its competitors.
In my opinion, changing a stem is something that shouldn't be done lightly. You spend so much time staring down at it in a world of pain that you become familiar with every slight scratch and every tiny shape in the design.
It was easy to fit using the same universal four-bolt system we all know and love. The bolts seem well made and I had no kind of rounding or threading and everything sat well on both the steerer tube and bar, which is a good start. I also took it on a fair few wet rides and it hasn't shown any kind of rust on the bolts.
The faceplate is made with Easton's DST faceplate with Top-Lock, which has a hollowed central area. I liked this for a couple of reasons: firstly, in that it reduces the overall weight of the stem; and secondly, because it's very useful when setting your bar position. It is available in two rises, 6 degrees and 17 degrees, and from 60-130mm in length in 10mm increments.
The stem is made from 3D forged EA70 aluminium, which means that, although not the lightest in its class, it weighs in at a very respectable 146g for our 110mm version. Comparing it with both the Deda Superleggero (124g) and 3T Arx II Pro (159g), it sits roughly in the middle of the two.
My favourite part of the stem is the design, which is ultimately the thing you are going to be staring at the most. It is simple and understated, with one side kind of a textured black block and the other with a subtle Easton logo. It would sit well with and match almost any bike.
Stiffness is good and I didn't notice any movement when really hauling on the bar while in the drops. Equally, there was no kind of twisting, even when I was deliberately trying to force it, which suggests it's well made and strong.
Its RRP of £44.99 is a good price for a stem that marries lightweight construction with stiffness. I find that stems have perhaps the largest price increases for the smallest weight gain, and this sits at what I would say is the optimum price vs weight point, although others might need to find that point themselves.
Overall, I like this stem. It's good quality, stiff, light and a very reasonable price. Having finished the review, I've now transferred it from my review bike to my best bike for a bit of longer term assessing, which is perhaps the biggest compliment I could give it...
Performs well, with a subtle design that would sit well on most bikes
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Easton EA70 Aluminium Stem
Size tested: 31.8, 110mm, 6°
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
It is meant to be a mid-range stem with good strength and low weight. I think it achieves this; it's not quite as stiff as some, but still very good in its own right and the weight is good for the price.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Material: Easton EA70 Aluminum, 3D forged
Seems well made, no bolt rust and nice and stiff.
Performed well, very little movement at all throughout the review.
Aluminium, so it's not going to break, bolts also seem well made and had no threading or rust occurring.
Very good weight for this price range.
Good value, performs well for a mid-range price.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed well, held everything in place nicely without any issues.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The design: it's understated yet still looks classy, good for staring at for hours.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
A strong performing, relatively light stem that does everything it needs to.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days helping companies deal with their cycling commuting challenges with his company Cycling for Work. He has been writing for Road.cc since 2014.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.