The best mountain bike stems might be a commodity component, but who doesn't love a piece of boutique-branded CNC machining to hold their handlebar in place.
Pacific Northwest mountain bike company, Tenet, has changed the supply chain management and manufacturing of its Nora V2.5 stems. In a move to support its local economy as well as reducing emissions of shipping, Tenet has partnered with a local fabrication specialist in its hometown to make the Nora V2.5.
Trulife Engineered Solution is based in Bellingham, Washington State, as is Tenet, and it was a solution waiting to happen. This synergy between Tenet and Trulife is typical of the onshoring trend across the mountain bike industry, since the pandemic.
Trulife has extensive experience providing components to the medical and aerospace industries. Its familiarity with the demanding standards expected from these customers gave Tenet great confidence to entrust the Nora V2.5 production to Trulife.
Short sizes - stylish colors
The core specification for Tenet’s latest version of the Nora stem is trail and enduro bike orientated. Featuring a 35mm bore, this stem is designed to play nice with the latest oversized handlebars.
Stem lengths with the new Nora are a choice of 32-, 37- and 42mm. All three options have the same 40mm stack height and are zero-degree rise stems. The lengths available may seem unusual but they have been designed to correspond with your fork offset. The theory is that by matching stem length and fork offset you will have the best steering characteristics possible
With the help of Trulife’s meticulous CNC fabrication, the Nora V2.5 stems are competitively light, too. The shortest 32mm stem is 138g, the 37mm weights 146g and Tenet’s Nora V2.5 42mm classifies at 154g.
Tenet offers three colors to help riders mix and match the Nora V2.5 stem with their frame, fork or build kit. Riders can have the new Nora V2.5 stem in onyx, gunmetal or umber.
All Nora V2.5 stems have a lifetime crash replacement and retail for $134. Most importantly, the move to domestic fabrication has allowed Tenet to offer what few brands can, at the moment – predictable inventory levels and a stable supply base.