by Tom dB
May 28, 2009
There’s something to be perversely admired about a company that kicks convention in the teeth and smiles doing it, and Canadian company Straitline have a lot of shattered enamel on their 5.10s.
Tested: 12 months
More info: www.straitlinecomponents.com
Review: Singletrack magazine – Issue 38
There’s something to be perversely admired about a company that kicks convention in the teeth and smiles doing it, and Canadian company Straitline have a lot of shattered enamel on their 5.10s. To start with they’ll take £100 off you for the privilege of owning their stem. Which is a helluvalot of money.
But for your ton of wedge you get a stem that not only looks the part but is also cleverly made. The part in question is that of a stem that can withstand any amount of abuse you may throw at it while looking looking like something fell to Earth from the Death Star. Whether that look does anything for you I leave to your judgement, or lack of.
Personally I like its sleek but muscular lines. The clever stuff comes in the form of the way the stem clamps to the steerer. By using a wedge that is tightened from above, rather than from the side, Straitline reckon that there’s no chance of crushing your steerer and it’ll clamp down harder than anything else out there. Almost as a side benefit it means it’s knee friendly and looks different.
Overall: Yes it’s £100 but top marks to Straitline for making something so well engineered and uncompromising.