Burgtec: A brand which manages to compete with the best in the business, yet still keeps it’s product offering small, tight and focused. Not a company who could ever be accused of jumping on a bandwagon, so it was a bit of a surprise to see them hit the market with an Enduro stem this year and we have just got hold of one to test with the much dribbled over RideWider bars.
Out of the box you can tell this stem is a serious bit of kit. Clearly made with love in darkest Cheshire out of a solid block of 6061 T1 Aluminium, this is British Design and Engineering at it’s best.
We got hold of the 50mm version with a 0º Rise ( there is also a 60mm version available for those with monkey arms ) and whilst a Kashima Bronze version would have matched the Fox sticks on the Family Favourite Saracen Ariel, the Black colourway is stealth and will match any build you can dream of.
Fitting it to the bike this has a 48mm stack height, so comes up on the big side and needed a spacer removed from the previous Renthal set-up which it replaced. If you have been a little over keen and cut down your steerer tube you are going to have to measure this up first before fitting. In simple terms this additional height makes this stem super strong as it has a greater surface area to work with.
Working with their riders and looking at the pain points on other designs, the team at Burgtec have also come up with a design which has very few sharp edges to catch your knee caps on. Not an issue, until you actually do it and then you really will not want to do it again.
Pairing this stem up with a standard set of 780mm RideWider bars and this is a serious cockpit on a trail bike. It’s been a trend on DH machines for a while now, but with the growth in Enduro racing, wide bars are cutting trees on trails all over the place now. First impressions are that this is going to make some tighter trails a little more tricky, but once it opens up the speed is going to be dripping out of the ends of this beastly combo.
Mixing it up with some mountain adventures and even some Dual Slalom racing over the next few months so we will be back with a full review in the New Year.