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ARX is 3T's new design for the perfect connection between fork and handlebar. In particular, they have optimized the design of the clamps. Steerers and handlebars are now usually made of composite materials and can easily be compromised by poor clamp design.
To assure the integrity of the ARX clamp interface, 3T perform their own tests that go way beyond the demands of CEN standards. 3T even tested this new stem's compatibility with other brands of handlebars and it passed with flying colours.
ARX TEAM is made of Al 7075 T6, with the grain structure aligned for optimal strength. A titanium bolt package brings the weight down to 120g. In addition to the usual reversible 6-degree fitment.
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I have two issues with this stem. The first is my fault, I bought the 6 degree stem for my Colnago C40. Now I am a traditionalist who hates sloping top tubes and when I put the stem on my bike I realised that the only thing uglier than a sloping top tube is a flat top tube with a sloping headstem. It is horrible in my view! I will swap it for the 17 degree stem so that I can get zero (actually 1.5 deg) degree rise with my 71.5 degree head-tube.
The other issue is the widely known fact (that I notice has not been reported in the reviews on PBK) that the titanium bolts are very brittle and prone to snapping. I knew this, so made sure that i used a torque wrench to tighten the bolts. 3 out of 4 were fine, the last one snapped. In fact, I would have been better without the torque wrench as I probably wouldn't have tightened them as much if I had have gone by feel.
Anyway, I guess the real test is that I am getting the 17 degree 3T team stem as the replacement because once the bolts are replaced with stell ones it will be fine as, for the price, it's a light stem!
This is probably the best value performance stem I have used. I have a 90mm on my TT bike and a 110mm on my roadie. Excellent stiffness and a low weight as well. Sure it's not as sexy as a carbon stem but the bang for buck is unparalleled. I would highl recommend this stem. The only draw back is that if you have a bike other than a red/white/black colour scheme the single colour option of red may not suit. When paired with a 3T 'team' handle bar it looks awesome though.