06/06/2012 | 3 comments
Nukeproof’s new dedicated 50mm stem…
Nukeproof already offer their Warhead stem in a 50mm length but it’s essentially just a shortened version of the longer stems, whereas this new Zero one has been designed from the ground up to only be offered in a 50mm length. That approach hasn’t just meant that it looks a whole lot better, it’s also meant that despite weighing only a few grams more (176g versus 173g) it’s even stronger and stiffer than before.
Construction wise they’ve cold forged some 6061 aluminium and then machined out any excess material wherever they can. This approach is arguably the best way to make a whole load of components as the cold forging provides better grain structure than if you were to just simply machine it from an aluminium billet. All the edges of the bar clamp surfaces are nicely smoothed off and Nukeproof have also done a pretty god job of keeping the steerer tube clamp as knee friendly as possible with no sharp edges.
As far as options go there aren’t any. It’s a case of 1 1/8″ with a 31.8mm bar clamp, with either a black or black finish. We haven’t got any problem with that though, especially when the quality of the overall finish is so high and the price tag is so reasonable.
And here it is from some more angles…
What do you guys reckon?