KS Stem review

Brand: KS

Product: Ether Stem 31.8mm – 70mm

From: Stif Cycles

Price: £55

Tested: 3 weeks

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Straight from the box you instantly notice how light the stem feels, coming in at a claimed weight of 152g this one was bang on 152g. Fitted with 4mm Titanium bolts, embossed KS logo to the front, stealth Ether graphics on the side and a gloss black finish I think the stem looks pretty slick.

The Ether stems are built from forged alloy helping to keep the weight down, offering both 50mm or 70mm lengths with a 0 degree rise and 31.8mm clamp size, the stem on test is a 70mm.

The Ether stem is aimed at the enduro market but is well equipped to handle anything from XC to DH, in this case it has been subject to some tough XC riding in the Lake District.

Fitted to the bike the stem looks positioned ready and raring to go, the rear of the stem has been scooped out and the two bolts located in a knee friendly position towards the front in case of any unwanted knee strikes whilst out on the trails. Out on the ride it gives good performance with quick and precise steering whilst keeping the cockpit nice and secure as to be expected.

Overall:

The KS Ether is a light weight versatile stem that looks good and gives you the confidence it will handle all you can throw at it.

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