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The design team for the new Thomson 31.8 had a tough goal: make a stem better than the Thomson Elite Road and Mountain Stems. Early tests showed that Thomson competitors’ 31.8 stems were heavier and weaker than Thomson Elite 25.4 and 26.0 stems.
At Thomson, the new stems were not done until they were stronger, lighter and longer lived than the legendary Thomson Elite.
The new Thomson X4 for Mountain and X2 for Road allow you to realize the benefits of stiffer forks and stiffer 31.8 bars. They offer precise steering, tracking, and more control while riding, all wrapped up in a beautiful design.
The X2 features a lighter, 2-bolt handlebar clamp. During testing it was found that the 2-bolt handlebar clamp, with its patent-pending interlocking faceplate holds the bar as well as the earlier 4 bolt design. X2 is 50 grams lighter than the 26.0mm Elite and has a lower 36mm stack height. The X2 is ride tuned for the road to eliminate harshness, and has a narrow front end that allows for easier use of aero bars. The Elite X2 is a breakthrough stem and will be a classic.
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