To start off, this stem is cheep, at $30, you wont find a comparable top load stem anywhere. A little about this stem, it is forged from 6061 aluminum, and is found on all of sundays complete bikes, except the forecaster, with comes with the new Odyssey Lincoln stem, so that might tell you something, if this stem replaced the Odyssey CFL stem on the top line bikes, it must be O.K. Now, my first thought when I got the stem included, “Man, that raw finish looks cool,” and “Oh, the name makes sense, because it say on the box, reach for the sky.” Now, what that means is that you draw your gun, (you are a cowboy) and say freeze!, now the outlaw that you are pointing your gun at puts his hands up in the air, witch is exactly what this stem does, with a 34mm rise. Now, this stem is a little heavy, at 10.5 oz, but that is only, like 2 oz heavier than the lightest stems, and those stems snap. Lets hope this one doesn’t. you will also notice that it has a cutout for the top cap to sit on, making it sit nice and flush, or in my case, below the top of the stem.
An interesting thing about this stem is that it is forged, instead of CNC machined, like most stems. Forging is cheeper if you are doing a large run, so because Sunday put this stem on all the complete bikes, they were able to make enough of them to get them forged at a reasonable cost. yeah, blah blah blah. Well, I have only been able to ride this stem for one day, because I am sick, and it is cold outside. But it feels great. I have been running the Simple EZ stem, and it is a front load stem, like the fly bikes media stem, so my bars got boosted up a little, and if feels great. So far, it has not slipped at all, witch is very nice, and I have a feeling it will stay that way for a long time.
To finish off, this stem is the best for the price, if you dont have $65 for a new fit or cult stem, this is the way to go. If you need a new stem, like top load stems there is no need to spend $65. I will update this review in a little bit, when i have been able to jump off some stuff, to see if I can get it to slip.
But for now, I give it an 9 out of 10