ProTaper Workforce Stem polishes your cockpit w/ 31.8mm clamp and 30-50mm attain
ProTaper have polished up a 31.8mm Team mountain bike stem, an item that will no doubt add a touch of class to most cockpits. It joins a lineup of racing-oriented carbon and aluminium handlebars, stems and grips for XC, Enduro and DH applications, from the Hayes Bicycle owned-brand.
ProTaper Team Polished Stem
Originally known as Answer, Hayes Bicycle made the decision to drop that branding in favor of the ProTaper branding back in 2018. ProTaper componentry still retains the original design philosophy it started out with during the 90s; their handlebars feature additional material at the clamping region that then tapers out to the grips for a strong, light, and compliant bar.
Clamping onto that robust central region, ProTaper have a selection of mountain bike stems that cover everything from XC and Enduro, to DH with a direct-mount stem. The ProTaper Team Stem is a 3D forged and machined 6061 alloy component available in 31.8mm and 35mm clamp options.
On the surface, a stem may look simple, but under that machined veneer lies hours of 3D modeling, countless FEA revisions, and tons of real-world ride testing. ProTaper say this ensures the final product is a light, stiff stem that can handle tremendous forces from every conceivable angle.
ProTaper offer the Team MTB Stem in 30mm, 35mm, 40mm, 45mm and 50mm reach options, covering the needs of almost all modern trail and enduro mountain bike frames. The claimed weight for a 31.8mm clamp 30mm reach stem is 175g, with A2 stainless steel bolts clamping it to the steerer and handlebar.
The polished finish version of the ProTaper Team Stem is currently only available in a 31.8mm clamp, but a 35mm clamp option is available if if you’re happy to settle for black.
Pricing & Availability
The new ProTaper Polished Team Stem retails at $99.99 and is available now, direct from the ProTaper website.