You are searching for a race ready reach between handlebar and seat post, then Grace XC will be your choice.
Big dimensions, perfect balanced wallthicknesses, possible with CNC-machining inside and outside, tested with Allmountain-test standard up to 740mm handlebar width, this stem will be a good company for your crosscountry bike and your races.
First of all there was an idea, the idea of a new seperation of a stem clamping. Why not seperate the stem at the steerer tube?
First prototype of Intend Grace EN with 3 piece design – 2016
Awesome new design. It works, looks nice, the weight was great. But when it comes to small series production I started to ask around for offers from the milling companies. One was 495 Euro per piece, just the milling. I was really frustrated. Can it be, that a stem made in germany would be that highpriced ?
For the customer this would be around 800 to 1000 Euro for a stem. I cancelled the project.
The “newmen” Michi Grätz came up with a one piece stem. My first thoughts where “oh, all the guys will ask, which handlebar will fit”. This always means lots of emails, lots of questions. But after a few weeks I was really keen on this idea.
Because it is – from technical view – the best solution to combine two tubes to each other. It is the lightest, most beautiful – and also cheapest solution. “Light, strong, cheap” – yes, take all of it! (some of you might think, cheap, hea? but for made in germany in small number of pieces, it is!)
A few weeks later the prototypes where done – a few month later the first series was done. Before this I had to make a dynamic test at EFBE-Prüftechnik. They told me “the stem has passed the E-Gravity programm” and asked me if I want to make additional onesided load tests….
“the stem also passed the additional tests, the small guy is really solid…”
But why is it that strong ?
One of the answers is “Mr Mattheck”. He is a professor for trees. No joke. He developed the natural “chamfer”, which differs slighty from a “engineering chamfer”.
Left side: engineering chamfer
Right side: Mattheck’s chamfer
The Intend Grace stem is made with this principles. So the test machine couldn’t destroy it.
Can I ride this stem with a carbon handlebar ?
yes, they are ideal to combine with carbon
Do I need to have fear, that the stem breaks under heavy loads?
No, don’t worry, there are couple of hundrets of this stems sold and 0 are broken. They are tested in the laboratory and made out of high strength materials
Does it fit to every topcaps?
Yes, normal topcaps are bigger than the groove of my stem (31mm), so you go with the topcap of your choice
Is a topcap included ?
Is it possible to get a stem with different geometry (angle, length) ?
This can’t be provided due to increased effort in engineering and production
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