Working with Team Garmin-Barracuda the Italian component manufacturer 3T has developed a carbon stem that integrates the Garmin computer mount creating an incredibly clean platform for the GPS device. As electronics continue to become more and more integral to pro athletes and enthusiasts alike this is a big move in the right direction.
3T’s Rene Wietrz says, “We use computer technology to design and build frames, wheels and cockpit components. But that’s just the hardware that goes under the rider. Together with our new partner Garmin, we’re extending that into the way riders use their bike."
Instead of a typical face plate the stem uses a top clamp to secure the bars in a cradle at the end of the stem, a shroud is then placed over this. The shroud comes in two styles, the Garmin GPS mount or an aerodynamic cover. The shroud does raise the specter of UCI commissaries potentially having an issue with it on race day.
The stem is called the INTEGRA and is a joint venture between 3T and Garmin. Work began on the stem last fall and it will see its first action in the Giro d’Italia with Garmin-Barracuda. Chirstian Vande Velde has been confirmed as riding the new stem, with other riders likely. Currently only 110mm stems are available, which would be the reason many riders may not be able to use it. The range is expected to grow to 90, 100, 110 and 120mm sizes. The 110mm stem weighs only 135grams, will be on the market in June and will cost $365.
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